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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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Love, love this place for adults and kids alike!

The estuary outside is gorgeous, and a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about our impact on these environments we enjoy so much for our entertainment, and how important it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The estuary outside is gorgeous, and a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about our impact on these environments we enjoy so much for our entertainment, and how important it is to take care of them. This is all done with fun, games, and a beautiful walking tour. The gift shop is a standout - I got some incredibly beautiful ironwood... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It took maybe 30 minutes to see everything. It was cute and educational and interesting, but not a lot to do/see. My kids (7 & 9) had fun pretending to fish.

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Euless, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was hot outside obviously, but we took the guided trail tour with the master naturalist and had a fun time. Extremely informative! Then we went inside where my youngest son had a good time as there are plenty of hand on activities for the kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We stopped and visited as my daughter is studying to be a marine biologist. This was very interesting to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a small museum but I am glad we stopped. There is no cost for your visit. We were done within 30 minutes but they had a dolphin skeleton, which was cool to see, and a whale jawbone, along with some neat aquariums and fish and some hands on things for kids. Glad we stopped in.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This was a nice diversion from the sand and sun... Not a big exhibit but well laid out and good for and hour of time. Kids will love this place from the aquariums that name the fish in them to the 350 pound whale skull on display.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I learned something! So that makes it worth it. They had some displays that were fun for the kids! I like the fact that they had some species of fish in aquariums that are in the area. I would have loved to have seen a jellyfish exhibit.

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jeboone
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We went in a group twelve - age 4-64. The exhibits were both interesting and informative. I always find it special when I learn something new and there were a couple of items added to my list on this visit. It doesn't take a lot of time and the mix of inside and outside activities make it something that is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a great place to visit to learn about local marine life. It's small and the tour doesn't take very long. Great for kids (and adults with shorter attention spans). Love the outdoor area.

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Atlanta, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Nice facility with great educational opportunities. Great opportunity for kids to do their summer science camp. My daughter enjoyed it.

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