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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
361-749-6729
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.
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San Antonio, Texas
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422 reviews 422 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We couldn't locate the Wetlands Center or museum at first but after going in a back building and walking around found out it was on the other side from where we entered. The Wetlands is a nice, short walk and has good educational signage. You can see pelicans, squirrels, and gulls but not much else. The gift shop is very... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love the work they do here. There is a small Visitor's Center and Gift Shop that benefits their research. There are some educational exhibits and aquariums. If you want to see a HUGE exhibit, go to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visit the Institute whenever we are in Port Aransas - it's free and educational. This year we happened to visit on World Oceans Day in early June. Events included kids crafts and stories, a presentation by a marine biologist, and a presentation by their celebrity oceanographer (including sea turtles), boat excursions (by reservation, we didn't go). I recommend checking... More

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Hurst, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There isn't a ton to look at like a standard aquarium, but they have like 6 or 7 aquariums with different sea creatures to look at and also some fossils and bones. Very cool stop off the beaten path to check out some underwater creatures and not cost you anything. And they have a small gift shop too.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If the State Aquarium has become a little too commercialized for you, go here! It's free! They have a small exhibit area and gift shop, but makes up for lack of size by being highly educational. There is also a wetlands trail where you can easily access a jetty to walk out to the ocean. We saw several sea turtles... More

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Texas
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The few marine tanks are just enough to whet your appetite. The whale bones are awesome. It is worth a look. My conversation with the young person running the shop was delightful. I learned a little about what is studied on campus and how the system dovetails with studies at UT Austin. The children's books, puzzles and toys awesome. The... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

No fee. Some interesting exhibits. Learned something about the marine life around Port A and got to talk to the person who set them up.

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Houston, Texas
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a free small aquarium to visit while in the area. While parts of it were unavailable because of renovations, we did enjoy seeing the exhibits almost more that the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus. We did not do the estuary tour. The only complaint we had was that we didn't see a sign on where this was located.... More

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austin
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The gift shop and some exhibits were closed off, but the exhibits we saw were very good. The fish tanks had many interesting varieties and the shell collection was a good display. It is a small place, but there were no fees to park or get in.

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Grandview, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Great place to spend part of a day. The estuary tour is really informative. They show free movies daily that are very interesting. There is a hands on area for the kids. Lots to see here and everyone is very friendly.

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