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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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texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Perfect kids hands on exhibit! Also the nature walk outside was wonderful and had great information!

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great place to learn about the local area and the wildlife and estuaries around the area. Most places like this would charge admission, but this is FREE, and allows kids to learn about what they are seeing around them. The walking tour outside is nice as well, especially when the large ships are going by or the dolphins are out... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Loved what they do for their community environmentally. My 4 year granddaughter and 17 year old daughter had a great time. Colleen was very helpful. Sad that the gift shop was closed both days that we went.

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Port Aransas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute's newest learning facility, the Estuary Explorium, is awesome! For children and adults alike, everyone will have fun while learning about our estuaries. Know you will enjoy it while taking a tour of the Wetlands Education Center, checking out the newly expanded gift shop inside the Visitors Center at UTMSI.

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Waco, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family visited the Marine Institute. It was smaller than I anticipated. There are several fish tanks located inside the building to view. The gift shop is small and quaint. You can take a guided tour around the wetlands walk or browse on your own as we did. We did see pelicans and other birds on our walk.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to MSI. Be sure to take the wetlands trail to see the ferry go by. The center has daily educational classes at 10am for kids. Other activities are available, check their website. Make sure you check the locations carefully as they advertise activities from other sites besides the port Aransas one.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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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