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Both Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve have made a commitment to inform and educate the public about the natural treasures in the Refuge and the Reserve.
May 24 through- Sept 1
9 am to 5 pm
Fall, Winter, and Spring 2013-14
September 2 - September 21
Open Tuesday through Sunday
10 am to 5 pm
September 22 through April 7
Open Tuesday through Saturday
12 noon to 5 pm
Closed on Christmas Eve and Federal Holidays
April 8- May 7
10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Weekend
Open 8am-5pm Thursday - Saturday
May 12 -23
10 am to 5 pm
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is at 95 Sterling Hwy. in Homer, Alaska. Our map of the Kenai Peninsula shows the route from Anchorage south to Homer, 'where the road ends and the sea begins'.
Restrooms, sitting areas and drinking fountains are conveniently located. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at no charge to loan to on-site guests. All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair.
The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center offers ample parking including bus and RV spots. No overnight parking is allowed.
Kids can earn their Jr. Biologist Badge by completing activities at the Visitor Center.
Pets are not allowed inside the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center but are allowed on the trails while on a leash. To avoid disease being passed to wildlife, owners must pick up after their pets.
Located inside the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, the Alaska Geographic bookstore offers an exciting selection of nature guides, children's items, and books. Click here to contact the Bookstore Manager.
The Alaska Geographic is a partner of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and other Refuges and Parks in Alaska. Their website offers membership and an online bookstore with many helpful items for travelers planning to visit to Alaska. Purchases made at Islands & Ocean support educational programs at the Visitor Center. Members receive a 15% discount on most purchases.
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is primarily a walking experience. Stroll through inside exhibits and explore interpretive trails on the Center's sixty-acre site. If you intend to enjoy the trails, consider bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, gear for windy or rainy conditions and appropriate shoes or boots to explore the beach.
Help plan your wildlife watching trips in the Homer area by visiting the Kachemak Bay Birders group for the latest bird reports or the Birder's Guide to Kachemak Bay website. You can also call 235-7337 (PEEP) to get report or get updates on bird sightings. Check out the the guide to Responsible Marine Wildlife Viewing in Alaska.
Expand your experience while in Homer by visiting one of our community associates!
#1 Islands & Ocean Visitor Center
#2 Pratt Museum