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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

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Address: 95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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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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Staff most helpful and informative and we learned a lot.We were impressed at how patient the staff was with our party.

Reviewed August 9, 2015
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Nacogdoches
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Reviewed August 9, 2015

Staff most helpful and informative and we learned a lot.We were impressed at how patient the staff was with our party.

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Gibson City, IL
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Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is an excellent, free center that focuses on the sea-life and habitat of the area aquatic habitat and wetlands. It was extremely interesting and informative. The nature walks associated with the center were really nice. Talks and shows at the center were also very informative. Something for the entire family. Must visit.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2015

This year they had some of the best volunteers. Unfortunately by the end of July they were gone. The actual paid employees aren't as enthusiastic about the place. And some were pushy. They do have a wonderful Discovery lab Wed,Fri, and Sat in July. Overall, very educational. Bummer about the staff.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a fantastic Visitor Center and it's FREE!! Lots of local information and history. Don't miss it.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed August 1, 2015

So glad we made the stop here. Was enjoyed by our whole group (ages 6-70) Knowledgable and friendly staff provide fun learning opportunities - We all learned something. And it was free!

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Stevensville, Montana
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Reviewed July 28, 2015

Really enjoyed the Beluga Sleuth walk and the beach. Loved the many native culture exhibits, the different technologies used in the displays and the history of Alaska. The exhibits were really well done and thought provoking. The to-scale version of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on plexiglass and a chain and placed so you could move it to any spot... More 

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Billings, Montana
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Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The movie and exhibit taught us a lot about the coastal bird life in the Aleutian islands and its history. Worth the stop for sure!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We were unsure what this was but decided to make a stop. Surprised that admission is free which is always a nice bonus. Staff was very friendly and exhibits were interesting.

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DON MILLS
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Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great exhibit about the Bering strait, the inlets, the land and islands Included is the history and the effect many events have had on the ecology.. It is very well presented and understandable and free. The employees are very well informed and very interesting to listen to. Very well done. Loved it.

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Reviewed July 20, 2015

Enjoyed the center nice place to learn more about the area. You can chose how much time you want to spend. They had movies and hiking options.

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