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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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Good break stop

It was a nice stop to take a break and get out of the sun and to use a nice bathroom. Not much... read more

Reviewed June 22, 2016
Tiffany M
Educational and Enjoyable

This was on our list of recommended places to see while in Homer. Upon arrival we met a very... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2016
Melanie S
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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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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

It was a nice stop to take a break and get out of the sun and to use a nice bathroom. Not much here, but it was nice to read about some history.

Thank Tiffany M
Reviewed June 20, 2016

This was on our list of recommended places to see while in Homer. Upon arrival we met a very helpful associate at the counter. My teen daughter wanted to do the Junior Biologist Badge they had on their list of activities. This was so educational...More

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed June 18, 2016

This is a relatively new, but very informative visitor center. It is a must see for educational reasons. It has interactive and multimedia exhibits. It offers a flavor of the history of the region as well as a respect for the Native heritage. They also...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2016

We stopped in this visitor center on the way out of town, and we were all glad we did. The movie and exhibits are top-notch--engaging, informative, varied, and perfect for all ages. It's incredible how much you learn here in just an hour or so....More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed June 4, 2016

Some great displays ... Learn about Alaska being invaded by the Japanese during WWII to geography of the Pacific Rim. Lots to do for everyone including young children.

Thank SuperBear2
Reviewed June 3, 2016

We visited on a "slow day", so the museum was not busy at the time of our visit. We enjoyed checking out the exhibits, talking with the friendly staff, purchasing a few items in the gift store, and checking out the outdoor activities. Usually (starting...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time exploring and enjoying the different exhibits. The center has no admission charge and was a nice place to stop and spend an hour or so. Kids would enjoy the Beluga slough trail and exhibits inside.

Thank Marquettemary
Reviewed May 27, 2016

was so looking forward to visiting, but got in too late on Saturday afternoon only to find out Sunday morning that it is closed for the day. Very disappointing.

Thank HorsesRule57
Reviewed May 27, 2016

A fantastic visitor center/meeting space/gift shop in Homer. Overlooks a nice nature trail and the head of the Spit. HQ for the recent Shorebird Festival.

Thank Sue K
Reviewed May 5, 2016

There was too much to see for how little time we had, but we enjoyed learning from the exhibits and interacting with the employees.

Thank lcballance
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Ronen K
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your interest in visiting Islands & Ocean Visitor Center! 1-2 hours would be enough time to complete our Jr. Biologist Activity Book, watch a film or two, explore the exhibits, and hike the trail along... More