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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Address: 750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
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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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Educational!

We walked the path and enjoyed reading all the facts about the Island habitat. We got there too late to go in, but it on our list of things to do in a couple of months when we go... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Anna M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the path and enjoyed reading all the facts about the Island habitat. We got there too late to go in, but it on our list of things to do in a couple of months when we go back.

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Austin,TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another great FREE place to visit with or without kids. We love it here. There are great hands on exhibits to check out and always some good photo ops of many many different types of birds and things. Also got a good view of an oil tanker as it went buy. Recommend checking it out when on the... More 

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Cleveland, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here to occupy a bit of time before moving on to our next destination. I didn't expect much but wasn't impressed in the slightest. Only one staff member even spoke to us and it was a simple, "good morning" in passing. We wandered around aimlessly hoping to find someone that would at least point us in the direction... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Worth a stop. They had a very nice nature center you can visit. I also enjoyed walking around and seeing the outdoor wetland exhibit. We saw a lot of shore birds!

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We took our children age 11 to 6. We spent about 2 hours visiting the indoor exhibits as well as the outdoor walking exhibit. The staff was nice and friendly. While walking on the trail near the animal hospital my wife happened to notice they were moving turtles from the building to some large tanks. At that time my son... More 

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Pittsburgh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We learned a lot and enjoyed our tour. It was very hot in august and little shade or breeze. Some walking required as well, the volunteer tour guides were great

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Llano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

The indoor exhibits were quite informative. It was good to see the 'next generation' (UT students) committed to active involvement in preserving our ecosystem. Outside, the walk through the wetlands gave visible emphasis of those facts. Seeing the rehab habitats were rewarding also.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Everyone should visit at least once - and then come back again . I'm always amazed at how much there is to know about the island . A favorite exhibit of mine was the listing of what countries ships pass through the channel.

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Brenham, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Wonderful exhibits and wildlife displays. Well worth the effort and they improve each time we go. Don't miss the bird rehab out back. Pelicans are astounding

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San Antonio, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We enjoyed the hour-long (free) walking tour of the wetlands nature preserve behind the UTMSI. the Institute itself also has many interesting and informative displays including fish aquariums. There's also a nice gift shop.

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