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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Address: 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
Phone Number: 361-749-6729
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Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and...

Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.

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It was a good way to spend about an hour seeing everything. Free to get in- my kids had fun and ages span from 17 months to 14 yrs

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Usually the UT center is a small, free, 1-hour, air conditioned diversion. There are multiple small aquariums as well as indoor educational exhibits and an outdoor walkway for kids and adults. There are also a gift shop and clean bathrooms. On Wednesdays during the summer, and a few other select days, students and staff prepare presentations and activities. We learned... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great free activity if you want to learn more about marine sciences. There are several exhibits, a movie and activities. Call in advance to set up something formal, but open to the public and you can just walk in during hours.

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Thank 75MaryB97
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to check this out when we came in off the ferry for a quick fun stop w the kids. It fit the bill -- gave us a little info abt the area and taught us all a few things. The kids enjoyed it and was a fun (free) intro to the natural habitat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a good way to spend about an hour seeing everything. Free to get in- my kids had fun and ages span from 17 months to 14 yrs

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CT
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some interesting aquariums and some hands on exhibits for kids. Not a very large area, but educational and interesting for all ages.

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Needville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took my grandsons to the Marine Science facility. It was entertaining, and my 8-year old grandson decided he wanted to be a marine biologist when he grows up!

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Salado, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun little place, not crowded. It's like a tiny children's museum. There's an aquarium in the lobby that kept the kids entertained for almost a half hour. There's a little boat that the kids can fish with magnets. There are a lot of little hands on activities and several really interesting learning boards. They offer some educational tours... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed our short 15 minute visit to the Marine Science Education Center. It is open Monday through Friday 8 - 5, Saturday 10 -3 and Sunday 11-3. There were some tanks with fish but not many. There was another discovery room for children. The center is free. There are some special events to attend but we... More 

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Temple, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This small but informative Educational Center is just that - a place to gain a little knowledge. There are a few things to see inside. My son and I tried to locate each fish pictured above the tank in the tank - we had fun and really liked the flounder. There is a wetlands walk outside towards the back of... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Cute little place. Was free so decided to check it out. Arrived about 1 when it opened and it was empty. Took about 20 min to see all twice. Small but informative. Had a couple of interactive activities for kids. Overall would recommend :)

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