Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Information Kiosk


Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center 'backyard' with fireweed in bloom.

Backyard Fireweed

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer assists visitors at the information desk.

Get Oriented

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival viewing station.

Shorebird Viewing

Trail from the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center to Bishop's Beach.

Take a Leisurely Walk

Alaska Natural History Association Gift Store.

Thank You!

Alaska Natural History Association store.

Visit Our Bookstore


Jr. Biologist Activity Book

Visiting Us

AdmissionHoursLocationGuest Amenities & AccessibilityParkingJr Biologist Program for Kids PetsShoppingPlan Ahead & Enjoy the TrailsBirding & Wildlife WatchingLocal Destinations

Admission is free !!

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.


Summer 2014

May 24 through- Sept 1
Open Daily
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

May 8-11
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Weekend
Open 8am-5pm Thursday - Saturday
8am-4pm Sunday

May 12 -23
Open Daily
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'.

Guest Amenities & Accessibility

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.

Jr. Biologist - Kids Earn Your Badge!Jr. Biologist Patch

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.

Alaska Natural History Association logoShopping

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.

Plan Ahead & Enjoy the Trails

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.

Birding & Wildlife Watching on Kachemak Bay

Help plan your wildlife watching trips in the Homer area by visiting the Kachemak Bay Birders group for the latest bird reports. Check out the the guide to Responsible Marine Wildlife Viewing in Alaska.

Map of community associates in Homer, AlaskaLocal Visitor Destinations

Expand your experience while in Homer by visiting one of our community associates!

#1 Islands & Ocean Visitor Center

#2 Pratt Museum

#3 Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

#4 Alaska Department of Fish & Game

#5 Kachemak Bay State Park

#6 Homer Chamber of Commerce

#7 Alaska Marine Highway System
Also visit the Refuge Website for information on getting to Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Association logoAlaska Department of Fish and Game logo
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
Partnership Statement

95 Sterling Highway, Suite 1 • Homer, AK 99603 • 907.235.6961 •

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