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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Address: 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
Phone Number: 361-749-6729
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.

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Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Coldspring, Texas
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192 reviews 192 reviews
50 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

We came by to see if we couldn't find an Oystercatcher or a Turnstone. (We didn't.) There were other birds in abundance. In the rehab center, there were even a couple of Great Horned Owls. We watched a group of people board a "Dolphin Tour Boat" as soon as they left, a small pod came to entertain us right off... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We ran into some disappointing weather in Port A so were looking for something indoors to do and the visitor's center here was great. I learned quite a bit about the marine life in the area and the estuary system. Worth the stop - and free! They have guided nature tours and lectures, which we did not get to do,... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

small but nice for kids good gift store good views of the wet lands we were there when the were not showing movies

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Staples
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We took the grand kids with us. We were very surprised. It kept the kids entertained the whole trip. Did not know what to expect. I would recommend this to everyone of all ages. We an to go again. GREAT.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

What a pleasant surprise. Well designed, informative displays for all ages. Very good lecture series.

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Port Aransas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

free movies on natural subjects on Mondays and Wednesdays, their museum has shells and fish tanks. outdoor area has a great walking space.

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Esporles, Spain
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

They have a visitor center, quite interesting. if you're interested in nature and the ocean don't doubt and go there

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Austin, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A learning center filled with aquariums that showcase native wildlife. Location not great. It's not on the water and a driving distance from the beach.

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Hastings
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20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We enjoyed the guided walking tour. It was free, about an hour long and educational concerning the significance of estuaries. There is also a small indoor musuem.

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