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University of Texas - Pan American Coastal Studies Lab

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Address: 100 Marine Lab Drive, South Padre Island, TX
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Quite interesting!

The displays are interesting & educational. It's a small place but they do pack alot of info on marine life. Worth popping into while you're at the Isla Blanca Park.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Donna R
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Warsaw, Missouri
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Warsaw, Missouri
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The displays are interesting & educational. It's a small place but they do pack alot of info on marine life. Worth popping into while you're at the Isla Blanca Park.

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Visited here while on SPI. It is an actual working lab with displays set up for public view. The displays include live marine life, large number of sea shells, as wells a whale jaw and preserved turtles. Also watched al large portion of a dvd which went into detail about local marine ecology. Given the price to enter this is... More 

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Galion, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

There is a small gate fee ($5) or half that if a veteran to get into the area where the lab is. The lab itself is free for visitors and has a small display of fish and sea shells for public viewing. There is a free 50 minute video to watch and a wooden board walk to the beach itself.... More 

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Wiarton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The lab is located in the Isla Blanca Park. There is something for everyone to see... many hands on displays and fantastic videos on the island formation, marine and wildlife.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We REALLY enjoyed our visit here! We were able to get in free because it was a holiday (Martin Luther King's Birthday) but I would have paid a ransom to be able to enter! What an amazing place! If you love the ocean and oceanic life, you will not be disappointed. The aquariums with live fish were beautiful, but the... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Fish tanks with a lot of different types of fish. There is a nice short movie that shows the life along the shore. Also this is free.

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San Benito, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Take the family on a tour of the coastal lab and then enjoy the beach and pier. Just the ticket to spark a love for our water, fish and sea creatures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Our family of ten did the shark dissection which was informative and amazing. Our research person held our kids interests and did well answering questions. The touch tank was excellent and the kids especially liked the sea urchin. The fee and lunch was a nominal price and well worth it for the fun and educational experience. We highly recommend

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Do this! You have to pay $5 to get into the park, but so what. This is small, but very cool. They will answer as many questions as you can throw at them and it is up close and personal. The exhibits are varied and fun for all ages.

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Mexia, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I was not sure what to expect, but found a collection of shells and skeletons. I enjoy looking at the shells as they are complete and I can find matches tot he partial shells I have found on the beaches of Texas. There are several small aquariums, but they were not well maintained when we visited, shortly after New Year's.... More 

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