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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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Much More than a Visitor Center

We were very pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of information about the Alaska coast... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
HerrStuhl
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Connecticut
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Good for a quick stop & guided walk

This is a pretty good visitors center. We loved the film (14 min long, runs every 20 minutes). We... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
justmealison
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Rhode Island
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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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 30 July 2016 via mobile

We were very pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of information about the Alaska coast and its history. The interactive exhibits were easy to use and extremely informative. The short film about research in the Aleutian Islands was interesting and enlightening. Outside were several...More

Thank HerrStuhl
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This is a pretty good visitors center. We loved the film (14 min long, runs every 20 minutes). We also loved the photography exhibition they had (not sure how much longer it will be up). The best part was the free guided tour through Beluga...More

1  Thank justmealison
Reviewed 27 July 2016

A number of very good exhibits (some hands-on) showing and nature trails leading to the bay. Get there early and you might see a moose.

1  Thank jbginty
Reviewed 26 July 2016

learn about our Oceans in an educational and fun setting..good for anyone to see for sure learning about sea life, tides, especially the extreme tides Homer has...fascinating!

1  Thank Linnylanechanger
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is such a quality visitor center with really great displays. Sometimes, there's too much information, but the displays here had just the right amount and were very interesting. We enjoyed our visit and couldn't believe it was free of charge. Afterwards, we walked the...More

1  Thank CAFamily
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The centre has lots of really interesting exhibits, most particularly about the Aleutian Islands. Very interactive with lots of touch and play exhibits. Best of all, it's free. Definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank Mark&Rosa
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We dropped in this afternoon and were quite entertained. We watched a short film, viewed all the displays, and went for a short hike down to the beach. This year there is a moose cow and two calves in the area. The so politely came...More

Thank mjfarwell
Reviewed 22 July 2016

I enjoyed watching the nature video and walking through the exhibits to learn more about the Alaska Marine Refuge and islands along the Aleutian Island chain. From the visitor center you can walk along a board walk to the beach.

Thank Natasha B
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This was not as big a deal as I expected, but it was interesting and worthwhile. We missed the guided nature walk on the grounds, so we just walked it ourselves. We recommend you get the guided version, as there are not a lot of...More

Thank mailstop
Reviewed 19 July 2016

The exhibits are top-notch and well done. They have programs for the young and old and the staff is friendly. If you have time, it is worth every effort to visit this place. Also, after looking over the exhibits take a stroll outside on their...More

Thank BigSerg
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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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