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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Address: 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
Phone Number: 361-749-6729
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and...
Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.
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Awesome Musuem

So very informative ... lots of pictures and stories ... children and adults alike can learn so much about marine life ... a must stop on your visit to Port A

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Waco, Texas
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113 reviews 113 reviews
16 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A few aquariums with some cool fish and a small learning area for kids with some interactive activities. A good way to spend 20-30 minutes.

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Terlingua, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I tried visiting on a Saturday in June but they close at 3pm on Saturday. I don't understand why they would close earlier on a day that the island is busy with tourist. They are open until 5pm all other days....go figure!

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Waco, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

So very informative ... lots of pictures and stories ... children and adults alike can learn so much about marine life ... a must stop on your visit to Port A

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Texas,USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Inside the UT-MSI are a few educational exhibits which cater to children- so it's a good place to take your kids. Outside they have a nice education trail to walk. I enjoyed my short visit. The MSI sometimes has special events which could enhance the experience- call in advance of visit to check.

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Bella Vista AR
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Very tucked away within the university's campus. Just use your map ap on the smart phone or ask someone where the university is. This is also a great road to enter the northern section of the beach The museum has a very large section of a jaw bone and also the skull of a whale both of which were netted... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I just feel this place could do a better job of showing what is does and providing more interesting things to view. Honestly, I was bored . Does not compare in any way to a science museum.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Once you get there the signage is very poor. Go left after the first parking lot then take a right to get around to the visitor center parking lot which is on the opposite side of the building fRom where you first entered the pRoperty. Poor signage continues inside at the aquarium tanks where the fish in the tank were... More 

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Tx
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A good place to take the kids when the weather is dicey - friendly, and usually free, and you can learn something :)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great way to spend an hour on a rainy day , learning, seeing cool fish and having some fun all at the same time .... There is a small gift shops with very nice glass art fish if u r into that

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Pennsylvania
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10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We enjoyed a stop here to see their exhibits and tanks. Good displays. I was fortunate enough to get a special tour of the ARK - a rehab place for birds and turtles.

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Address: Address: 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
Phone Number: 361-749-6729
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas

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