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University of Texas - Pan American Coastal Studies Lab

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Address: 100 Marine Lab Dr, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6500
Phone Number: 9567612644
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This is a must see for both adults and kids. Very cool items sea items to learn about. This definitely is a hidden gem!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kristi C
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Houston, Texas
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Los Fresnos, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars 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!

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Vickie M
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars 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 a part of the park. There is a daily, 30 day, or annual fee for... More 

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Commerce Twp, MI
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5 of 5 stars 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 filled with fish, sea urchins and various varieties of sea life. School children are given... More 

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Cornell, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

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

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Anything free usually grabs my attention. This place was pretty cool. It's full of specimens from all over the ocean. It has touch tanks and aquariums to view ocean life. The people that work there were very welcoming and informative. We will be visiting again on our next trip.

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Hockley, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great place to take a group of kids and learn about marine biology. We dissected starfish and the kids learned much. Staff excellent and the time there was about an hour and a half to two hours. So set up this great opportunity

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