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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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Amazing facility & staff!

I stayed in their dorm rooms upstairs while taking 2 weeks of Merchant Mariners classes, hosted by... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Ginger D
via mobile
Learn something(s) new...

Have passed this facility many times on our visits to Homer and never stopped in. Big mistake... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Anchorage, AK
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed in their dorm rooms upstairs while taking 2 weeks of Merchant Mariners classes, hosted by a third party. Had ample opportunity to interact with staff, & to browse & request material & merchandise. Cannot possibly overstate how awesome these guys & this place...More

Thank Ginger D
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Have passed this facility many times on our visits to Homer and never stopped in. Big mistake. It's a real special place to visit and learn about the area and it its ecosystems. Maps, interpretive exhibits, videos, rangers, and special education presentations all add up...More

Thank akbear
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This center introduces the visitor to the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, an area of the state not many people can easily travel to to visit in person. With static exhibits depicting the life and history of the area, to video presentations in the large auditorium,...More

Thank DiveAK
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Wonderful stop for families on a budget. (Donation) You can walk through in a few minutes or spend an hour or so. There is a lot of hands on activities for the kids. Be sure to check out the hiking trail out the back door....More

2  Thank BillW777
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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...More

Thank amandar0259
Reviewed 25 November 2016

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.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Very good presentation of area wildlife. Displays helped us to understand more about the wildlife we had seen or would see.

Thank spencers1621
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.

Thank ED B
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...More

Thank phalanx1
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.

Thank Alanhimmelstein
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Ronen K
I am with two kids (aged 10 and 14). How much time should I plan for?
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