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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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Waco, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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46 helpful votes 46 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 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
18 attraction reviews
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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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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Coldspring, Texas
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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
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20 helpful votes 20 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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