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“Great intro to the ecosystem in the area”

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center
Ranked #2 of 53 things to do in Homer
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Homer is such a wonderful and unique town. The visitor center gives visitors a glimpse into the ocean areas of Alaska. This was our 1st of many educational stops during our Alaska vacation and set the stage for our interest in the native people and animals.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Not much in there. The attendent did give us a coupon for an attraction. There were plenty of brochures and fliers if you need them.

Thank ksmee33
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Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Normally when traveling/vacationing we don't spend too much time inside unless the weather not cooperative. So when the Inn keeper recommended this place saying "...very interesting and, it's supported by your tax money so admission is free!" I became even more skeptical. OK, fast forward, here we were, last day in town, a couple of hours left. Oh well, might as well. And what a mind boggling visit that was! The wealth of the information, the fun way of learning, and the warmth, friendliness and the possesion of knowledge in the subjects of the staff! When was the last time you experienced this combination with a federal program, I asked myself. I consider my tax dollars (whatever the portion that is) well utilized.

Do yourself a favour. Spend at least 1/2 day there. You will be so pleased!

Thank Crystal808
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Normally we don't get too excited about a visitor center but this one was totally unexpected surprise! Thought it would be a quick no frills stop but turned into a couple of hours of learning fun. They had so many displays, movies, information etc. We enjoyed it as 2 adults but I can see the kids having even more fun. Great place and on the water too. You must stop by here if in Homer! And it's free folks!!

Thank barrettsj
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Pretty much a nature museum in itself, but with lots of information for travelers, great photos, displays, and informative movies. Good gift shop, too.

Thank Alaskantraveler2013
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