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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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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.

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Hastings
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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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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SHERMAN
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It was advertised to be open 11-3 on Sundays. Only the lobby and gift shop were open. The young lady in the gift shop was nice but I did not go there to shop.

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Independence, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This was an interesting place to spend an hour or so in the A/C. But they do have a walk around tour that we did not do.

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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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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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