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awesome place to visit

We used this for an outreach event and it was really a great facility, with great staff who... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
gnw69
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Metlakatla, Alaska
Worth the Visit, and it's free!

The “Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center” was one of our best stops in Homer — very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Steve H
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San Jose, California
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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...more
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used this for an outreach event and it was really a great facility, with great staff who accommodated the event and provided a really wonderful venue

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gnw69
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, we are glad to have been of service!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The “Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center” was one of our best stops in Homer — very informative and included several interesting movies. I had never heard that World War II was fought in Alaska as well in other parts of the Pacific, but I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve H
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the comments! We are glad you learned some new information and enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Great educational center to visit while in Homer. Learned about the Aleutian Islands and World War II. Staff is very knowledgeable. Don’t forget to hike down to Bishop’s beach at low tide. My family thoroughly enjoyed the time spent at the center

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GMTX2018
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you for visiting us! We are glad you enjoyed your time here and had the opportunity to utilize both the visitor center and its beautiful trails to the beach!

Reviewed 23 October 2018

I probably mixed up 2 places. We really appreciated the educational displays, movies and products for sale here. Our daughter in law, marine biologist, would love this place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pat B
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

We do have those things, and more, for sale in our bookstore! If it was indeed us, then we are glad you enjoyed them!

Reviewed 14 October 2018

The displays were interesting with lots of information particularly about how the islands were involved with Word War Two.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dollarexpress
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you for visiting us, and we are glad you found our exhibits interesting!

Reviewed 8 October 2018

We were surprised to find out that the visitor center is funded by US Fish and Wildlife. Try to take the short walk to the beach from here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Patty Z
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Thank you for your remarks, and we are glad you explored our neat trials down to Bishop's Beach!

Reviewed 2 October 2018

A great way to see a lot of nature in a small place. Since Alaska gets frequent rains it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank BriggsFancy
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

You have a great point there! Thanks so much for visiting!

Reviewed 30 September 2018

The Visitor Center is first rate, educational and interesting-something for all ages. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful--need to put this on the agenda. Just my husband and I went, but good for families, free parking, no lines, not a hidden gem (on the main...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thanks so much for the positive remarks!

Reviewed 28 September 2018

The videos here were extremely interesting as well as the displays. We also attended a evening program on photography that was informative. Don't miss this visitor center.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank shirleymWV
Allison K, Visitor Services at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thank you for your interest! We are glad you enjoyed the program!

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Couldn't do justice to thus place due to very limited time. Lots of educational displays to learn from. We did the board walk and enjoyed the small hike

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Raihan K
MeghanB805, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

We hope you come back and visit again for longer! Thanks!

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Ar8075
27 June 2018|
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Response from Jack B | Reviewed this property |
No, there is no charge. They do appreciate, and deserve, donations.
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bolliwa
10 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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bolliwa
10 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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