If you want a great place that gets you ready to explore Alaska, head to the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center. The staff of the center offers tips on wildlife viewing, as well as information about the wildlife refuge and points of interest. You can take a self-guided tour that features art, an award-winning nature movie, a bookstore, and trails that lead to Bishop's Beach. Once you have collected information, head out to these trails and hike through the wetlands, enjoying the sites and wildlife along the way. Remember that a number of the exhibits at the center are outdoor experiences so you should dress appropriately. Protective sun gear, clothing that will hold up in wind and rain, boots, and a hat are recommended. Kids and adults will be excited to spot moose along the hike but use wildlife safety measures should you encounter one. They are wild animals and should not be approached. Photograph and admire from a distance only. If you would like to explore the art and nature exhibits of the center, you can do so all year-round. Admission is free and the center is open during the fall, winter, and spring Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 pm, with several exceptions when hours are extended. During the summer the center is open from 9 am to 6 pm.