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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6546
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We loved the information we got here. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was not crowded at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
teachcolorado
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This is as much a museums about the local area as much as it is a visitors center. Very friendly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“great displays” (15 reviews)
“free museum” (8 reviews)
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the information we got here. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was not crowded at all. Displays were well done and we spent quite a bit of time here on a rainy day. If I remember correctly, it was free. They also...More

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Anna D, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our exhibits and displays. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is as much a museums about the local area as much as it is a visitors center. Very friendly staff and very impressive displays. My girlfriend an I went here on a recent visit over Veteran's Day weekend because of their movie series covering...More

Thank Sean B
Anna D, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our center and our film series. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 30 October 2017

You can walk trails with the family, tour the facility and enjoy the gift shop. Wonderful place, right on the highway into Homer.

Thank B C
Anna D, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our trails and facility. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 25 October 2017

The facility is fairly new and contains many nice exhibits on the history, culture and wildlife of Alaska. Staff are friendly and helpful. There is lots of parking on site. Don't miss the boardwalk that starts from the Center. It goes out into the dunes...More

Thank Mnbiker
Anna D, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our exhibits and trails. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 29 September 2017

Spend time viewing the exhibits and reading the history of the area, will be time well spend. Makes you respect the early settlers even more.

Thank jettag1950
Management response:Responded 2 October 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our center and exhibits. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 27 September 2017

Things to do and exhibits to see. This centre is up from a very nice boardwalk and some very pretty coast. They run children's classes and explorations.

Thank Bo V
Management response:Responded 2 October 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our exhibits and trails. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 26 September 2017

This center was fairly small, but very well done. The exhibits were very attractive and very informative. Easy to find, plenty of parking, also had an outdoor nature trail. Very nice.

Thank E8642TXthomass
Management response:Responded 27 September 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our center and trails. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 19 September 2017

We stopped here on our first day of a week long stay in Homer, and was glad we did. The center and exhibits are very informative and there was staff on hand to answer any questions. There was a small gift shop with a lot...More

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Management response:Responded 20 September 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our center and our trails. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Very informative and helpful with local suggestions. It was great to find that this also served as the National Park office for both Katmai and Lake Clark (for stamps)

1  Thank dtesno
Management response:Responded 20 September 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad that you enjoyed our center and that we were able to help give suggestions. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

Reviewed 17 September 2017

The center is free, which is a big plus. The displays are informative regarding local culture. The trails leading to the beach are the best part. We saw a variety of birds, including bald eagles sitting on a perch in the marsh. The salmon were...More

Thank Cathy H
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thanks for posting! We're glad you enjoyed our center and trails. Hope to see you here again soon! -Naturalist Anna

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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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Ronen K
13 May 2017|
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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
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