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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 #4 of 10 attractions in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Paranaque, Philippines
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Very nice facilities despite its small size compared to famous places like sea world. Very entertaining and nice people. Even recommended good tourist spots nearby to visit.

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Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We saw several species of birds and an alligator as we strolled along the boardwalk. The guides were very patient and knowledgeable. We will go back next time we're in the area.

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Irving, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited during spring break and the Thursday 1000 tour was fantastic. Great history lessons (and dolphin sighting!). My 9 year old son wants to be a marine biologist, so this was a real treat for him.

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Keene, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed there during our ecology trip. The location is really nice. We could see dolphins just by looking from where we were. The beach is not the best, apparently it's a great place to catch record size sharks.

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Michigan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
14 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The UTMSI is a wonderful resource in Port A and a real boon to tourists particularly in the winter when they have regular Thursday nite lectures.

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Somewhere south of the middle
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

It was interesting to see the whale and dolphin bones on display , plus we walked outside on the paths to see the natural habitats, but a few things weren't available until much later in the day. The gift shop was closed, as well. But it is free, which was nice, and there are a few tanks with various groupings... More

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Southborough, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We took the Wetlands Tour -- Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Lots of birds, good information about the ecosystem of the Texas coastline and we saw some dolphins in the channel. Exhibits inside are small in number but high quality. FREE.

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NE Husker
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

we also drove to the port and took a ferri and saw dolphin swimming by the ferris, just a nice free nature to see.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We took a trawler tour some time ago and were amazed at the tropical diversity of sea life in the bay. I was a school trip sponsor with my much younger sister and we shared an amazing trip.

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

It's nothing even close to the Texas State Aquarium. But for being so convenient and if you have little ones that like ocean life it's amazing! They have seahorses, flounder, lobster, several other adorable fish. They have a display that warns you about the danger of throwing garbage on the beach and even films that are educational AND fun. Enough... More

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