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University of Texas - Pan American Coastal Studies Lab

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100 Marine Lab Dr, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6500
+1 956-761-2644
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Indoor and Outdoor Exhibits

Excellent place to learn more about the sea, sealife, and the dunes at both indoor and outdoor... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael M
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This is a great place to learn about the different shells and see some neat things you may not see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lysa H
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Elgin, Texas, Usa
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“own pace” (2 reviews)
“marine life” (3 reviews)
“shells” (7 reviews)
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100 Marine Lab Dr, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6500
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+1 956-761-2644
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent place to learn more about the sea, sealife, and the dunes at both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn about the different shells and see some neat things you may not see anywhere else. It is small but I enjoyed it very much and would recommend this to nature and sea life lovers

Thank Lysa H
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Love the educational part but the staff members are rude and a bit unorganized need to let school know ahead of time if parents and little siblings are not welcomed

Thank larijpa22
Reviewed September 10, 2016

This is a must see for both adults and kids. Very cool items sea items to learn about. This definitely is a hidden gem!

Thank Kristi C
Reviewed June 28, 2016

My son did this and it was one of his favorite memories! He remembers holding a stingray and having a wonderful time!

Thank 0506DCD
Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This was a treat! You do have to pay $10 to get into the park but the stop here is free. Some sweet workers were there and very nice. Lots of good displays. Worth the trip.

1  Thank Vickie M
Reviewed April 20, 2016

As a working lab operated by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the Pan American Coastal Studies Lab is a little tough to find. It is located in the park at the south end of the Island and blends into the campgrounds that are...More

1  Thank Leonard W
Reviewed February 11, 2016

Over 1200 shell varieties are on display at this establishment and they are amazing. In addition there is a video that describes the history of South Padre Island, its creation, and where many of the shells can be found. There are a number of tanks...More

1  Thank Audrey F
Reviewed January 24, 2016

Very informative and interesting overview of the Coastal Ecosystem. Well presented and easy to understand for every level.

1  Thank Chuck B
Reviewed November 18, 2015

Many displays of sea shells and tanks of fish. Well suited for family and educational visits. A sand sculpture at entrance. Park entrance fee.

1  Thank judyjohnf
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