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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

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Address: 95 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603
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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US...

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!

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Very informative and educational

This is a terrific place to spend a few hours indoors learning of the vast environment of Kachemak bay and surrounding areas. Films, scenes, audio stories, real demos by... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Homer, Alaska
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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a terrific place to spend a few hours indoors learning of the vast environment of Kachemak bay and surrounding areas. Films, scenes, audio stories, real demos by volunteers or the workers you may even see some live interesting talks on the coastal life. All free by donation if you can.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed in their dorm rooms upstairs while taking 2 weeks of Merchant Mariners classes, hosted by a third party. Had ample opportunity to interact with staff, & to browse & request material & merchandise. Cannot possibly overstate how awesome these guys & this place are! The programs they have for educating kids about wildlife& conservation blew me away. THE... More 

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Anchorage, AK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have passed this facility many times on our visits to Homer and never stopped in. Big mistake. It's a real special place to visit and learn about the area and it its ecosystems. Maps, interpretive exhibits, videos, rangers, and special education presentations all add up to a hidden gem of info for Homer and the surrounding areas and islands. They... More 

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Homer, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This center introduces the visitor to the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, an area of the state not many people can easily travel to to visit in person. With static exhibits depicting the life and history of the area, to video presentations in the large auditorium, the experience was great. I especially enjoyed the WW-II displays and history.

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NE Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Wonderful stop for families on a budget. (Donation) You can walk through in a few minutes or spend an hour or so. There is a lot of hands on activities for the kids. Be sure to check out the hiking trail out the back door. It goes through the marsh areas and ends up at Two Sisters Cafe. (Wonderful desserts... More 

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Irving, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This was the first stop after leaving our cruise. The information provided by the Center is very fascinating. They have some unique and historical artifacts as well as the history of some wild life that was extinct and then the efforts that brought the endangered birds back. There are things for kids to learn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

We visited with our young son who is very interested in animals and there was plenty to keep him interested for several hours even without the movies. The Tide meter is really impressive to help see how truly massive an Alaskan Tide Change can be.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Very good presentation of area wildlife. Displays helped us to understand more about the wildlife we had seen or would see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Just loved this place. Lots of great information without being overwhelming. The people there were also very helpful and informative. Lots of visual effects. Would be great for kids.

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High Ridge, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Went here because of reviews .All I can say is As Advertised. Alaska did a fantastic job with all the exhibits. The agent at the front desk gave us all the time in the world and you can tell he loves his job.They also have nice hiking trails outside. Definitely a must see.

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