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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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This visitor center has a small giftshop and features many exhibits about the area. it is hosted by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cat330
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Alta Loma
Interesting centre but worth going for their short trails

A modern centre with a lot of clever interactive displays aimed more for children. However, the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
purplemyrtles
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Kent, United Kingdom
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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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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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+1 907-235-6961
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This visitor center has a small giftshop and features many exhibits about the area. it is hosted by a ranger and there is guided hikes to bishop beach tidepools

Thank cat330
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A modern centre with a lot of clever interactive displays aimed more for children. However, the short board walk trail is really nice, you can then go on down to Bishops beach and even into Homer old town for a longer walk. A very relaxed...More

Thank purplemyrtles
Reviewed 5 days ago

We would have only spent 10-15 minutes there tops with the ages of our boys (7 and 4) but they had a presentation on blubber with a hands on thing too so we did it and we all really liked it and the boys got...More

Thank aprilcstarkey
Reviewed 5 days ago

Do not miss this visitors' center. The exhibits cover everything from history of the area to the wildlife in the area. It is somewhat small, which means that it's easy to fully appreciate each exhibit. One of the best visitors' centers I've experienced.

Thank CACKVS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed exhibits, always nice to get up close to view the sea life. Really enjoyed the birds. Especially the puffins. I saw them in the water and nesting, but from a distance. Now I have better pictures of them The Visitors Centers offers Nature trails...More

Thank Karen T
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're really glad you enjoyed our Visitor Center! Seabirds are our specialty here at the headquarters for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge as well as many species of marine mammals found all throughout the Aleutian Island chain. Hope to see you back here soon!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great visitor centre, lots about the local flora and fauna . A short hiking trail starts from here too. Worth stopping on your way into Homer.

Thank MrMrsW50
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for stopping by Islands & Ocean! We're glad you had the chance to explore our Beluga Slough trail that takes you through our 43-acre estuary habitat! Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an hour here with our daughter doing the Junior Biologist program offered by the center. There is a very informative 20 minute movie and the rest of the center is a great museum for learning about the wildlife and history of the Aleutian...More

Thank DrJim2
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're so glad you had a chance to stop by our Visitor Center! We love seeing our Junior Biologists earning their patches! Hope you have a great rest of your trip. -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great orientation to the local wildlife of the Kachemak Bay area. Interesting exhibits and displays of the many birds that call this part of Alaska home.

Thank 2xDeal
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by our visitor center! We are very fortunate to have our Sandhill Cranes and eagles nest in our Beluga Slough! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice visitor center with many great exhibits of local wildlife. Very educational. It has a nice trail at the back of the center. I was there three evenings after dinner to photograph a Sandhill Crane family. They walked by my family very...More

Thank Kenneth L
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad you took advantage of our Beluga Slough trail! Estuaries are a wonderful habitat for nesting birds such as our Lesser Sandhill Cranes you saw. Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to orient yourself to the wildlife and historic fisheries of Kachemak Bay and the amazingly hard work of the Marine Coastal Reserve national wildlife refuge field biologists -- a great film about their work with nesting seabirds and wildlife on remote, cliff-bound...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to come explore our visitor center! We're glad you enjoyed our film about our research vessel, The Tiglax, that goes out and performs research on the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge! Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist...More

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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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