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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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Nice Educational Stop

The I&O visitor center provides an excellent introduction to the marine refuge, including the... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
kachemakcharlie
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Homer, Alaska
Impressive and Interactive!

Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a gem and a must-see in Homer! It's free, perfect for families... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
TeacherHoliday
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Davenport, IA
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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 14 September 2016

The I&O visitor center provides an excellent introduction to the marine refuge, including the history, wildlife and current issues. Well worth the time to visit.

Thank kachemakcharlie
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a gem and a must-see in Homer! It's free, perfect for families, and has many interactive exhibits. There is an interesting 14 minute film about the work of biologists and their efforts to preserve wildlife habitats. You can take...More

Thank TeacherHoliday
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Free and fabulous...A must see in Homer. Great interactive exhibits and short outdoor walking trails.

Thank Marty G
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Had good video on issues faced across the islands and ocean areas of Alaska and the work being done to preserve and protect those.

Thank clane72
Reviewed 9 September 2016

The Center offers a good selection of artifacts of Alaskan Native peoples from the 1800s to early 1900s. In addition, the Center focused mainly on the environment and ecology of the Alaskan marine areas - and the research work being undertaken to help protect the...More

Thank CraigCHS63
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of information on the marine refuge that covers much of southwestern coastal Alaska. Good displays

Thank 360eileen
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Great explanation of the whole area and staff were very helpful. It shows how the area developed and explained all about whaling and fishing

Thank estateagentkildare
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Very well done informative center with lovely access trail to beach. Can easily spend an hour here learning by about Alaskas marine life and history

Thank 49statestodate
Reviewed 5 September 2016

My husband and I arrived early in the am to tour this center. There is no admission fee. We enjoyed the various exhibits. There was also an art show in another room that we enjoyed. Outside the center is the Beluga Slough trail that goes...More

Thank Jo Ellen W
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very informative center with excellent exhibits. And the location is very handy if you're up for a walk along Bishops Beach.

Thank Ron W
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bolliwa
11 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
11 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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