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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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A learning experience

This is the mainland presence of a 3.4 million acre park consisting largely of islands. Educational... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Denny G
Cincinnati, Ohio
Very nice center.

Very informative. Free admission & great design for families. Quite an asset for the community of... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Paula R
via mobile
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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
+1 907-235-6961
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is the mainland presence of a 3.4 million acre park consisting largely of islands. Educational display and a very good movie.

Thank Denny G
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Very informative. Free admission & great design for families. Quite an asset for the community of Homer.

1  Thank Paula R
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This museum was not that great, but on the other hand I believe it was free. If time is limited, I suggest going to the neighboring Pratt Museum, an excellent and informative community museum. Larry R

Thank rankinlj
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We brought our girls aged 9 and 12. It was a very interesting place - small - but well organized and worth a visit. Learned a lot about this area during the WWII. We also took the free ranger-led tour to the estuary - they...More

1  Thank Barbiedoll_888
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We visited the center as part of a tour and didn't have enough time to really engage at this location. Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is primarily a walking experience. We took a hurried walkl through inside exhibits and explored interpretive trails on the...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We learned a lot about the local fauna and the great state of Alaska in general, in a short amount of time. This would be a great afternoon with littles, too. Very hands-on and educational. The hiking trail just behind the Center is a beautiful...More

Thank WoodysMom1996
Reviewed 31 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 29 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 28 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
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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