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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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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.
Austin, TX
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Mini tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

There's a bunch of neat displays of island flora and fauna, well worth the @1hr it takes to view the displays. A good first stop for new visitors!

Visited July 2013
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houston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“You should go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A short time to see a few exhibits but take your time to really look and enjoy. The outside wetland experience is wonderful.

Visited July 2013
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Hewitt, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Interesting walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The walkway around the wetlands area is very nice. There are signs explaining the environment. It overlooks the channel so you can watch boats and ships as you walk. Bring mosquito spray.

Visited June 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Take A Break From The Beach While in Port A”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Marine Science Institute is an easy and rewarding break from your beach time while in Port Aransas. The center is small and not one bit fussy. Kids love the aquariums. Look for their special events and programs, and plan to attend whatever is offered.

P.S. Unit #804 at the Aransas Princess is a decent place to stay when you grow tired of the condo decorated with sea shells and light houses. This particular unit has a contemporary feel.

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“See Tony Amos, the Turtle Man”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I attended their "World Day" event. It primarily for kids, but I enjoyed it as much or more than the kids. It was free, except for the boat trip. They have interesting, educational displays and video programs. Tony the Turtle Man was delightful and informative. He brought some of his turtles that he has rescued and talked to us about ARK, the animal rescue group on the island. Another professor gave a presentation about the Arctic. All very interesting and affordable!

Visited June 2013
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