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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

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Address: 95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
Phone Number: +1 907-235-6961
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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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Alaska Wild live history

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Irving, Texas
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Irving, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 November 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 20 October 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 17 October 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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The center was a great way to learn about the Homer area and the work being done to protect the environment of southwest Alaska. Excellent movie in the auditorium- not to be missed. The exhibits were very well done.

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

A quick visit to learn about the area and the islands. Nice exhibit to walk thru, maybe 15 minutes and a small gift shop. A rather easy walking trail to the tidal area. Since this was September 12, 2016, most of the birds were gone. Good for a family.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Love finding gems like this that give a flavor of an incredible locale. Staff was helpful and friendly. The displays are whimsical.

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Van Wert, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

First of all, it's a great facility with very informative content. Secondly, it's free, which is special itself nowadays (it's operated by the federal government.) A nice place to spend a couple of "down" hours while in Homer

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

took an interesting hike, loved the exhibits - learned lots! this is a must see in Homey - especially the dock walk...

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