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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

#6 of 43 things to do in Port Aransas Features Animals
750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
+1 361-749-6729
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The kids really enjoyed it here

We had come the day before, but the main exhibit was closed. So today my son wanted to go back... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ToujoursRed
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Argyle, Texas
Worth a short stop

The UT Marine Sciences Institute is relatively small. They have several aquaria with fish from the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charles_TA_1
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“gift shop” (14 reviews)
“whale bones” (8 reviews)
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750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
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+1 361-749-6729
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had come the day before, but the main exhibit was closed. So today my son wanted to go back. Lots of interactive things for the kids to do. We did a little walking outside, but it was rather hot, so we didn't stay long....More

Thank ToujoursRed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The UT Marine Sciences Institute is relatively small. They have several aquaria with fish from the region, some whale bones, and a few other displays. The overall facility is not very large, however it is worth a brief stop if you are interested in marine...More

Thank Charles_TA_1
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed this the morning after we all got sunburned at the beach. The aquariums in the front had unusual specimens, and the kids loved the interactive exhibits for children. I think they could have stayed all day! It was educational and interesting for...More

1  Thank Debra B
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick visit and learned quite a bit. It is important to learn about preserving and protecting our state's natural and beautiful coast

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Saw a sign coming back from the jetty. Pulled in and our children really enjoyed learning about many things to do with marine life. They also have a small gift shop Thanks!

Thank bassetlover1119
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We went on Memorial Day to see the Marine Science Institute. There were a few large whale bones and some fish tanks with Texas creatures. It had a gift shop, an auditorium, and some other exhibits that seemed to be closed. Outside there was a...More

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Please don't miss the UT Marine Science Welcome Center. The displays are VERY educational for all ages, and the gift shop has wonderful items to take home with you that will continue to educate you and your family about the marine wildlife nearby. Also, be...More

2  Thank NCTraveler107
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Very nice facility to visit....museum at Visitor Center with good exhibits and gift shop. Pretty campus right on water.

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Before my son's science field trip, I'd never heard of UTMSI. I'm so glad we experienced the Marine Science Center and happy the University of Texas is associated with such a great program. Hook 'em horns!

Thank Melissa U
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Easy to get to you to and through, you must stop and see the exhibits, especially if it is a rainy day

Thank Anne S
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dbschaf
12 May 2017|
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Response from chiggins | Reviewed this property |
I will tell him the next time I am there.
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Pert42Texas
20 June 2016|
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Response from Retiredlady8 | Reviewed this property |
Not certain, you want to Google on that. I'd call and ask about the tour as that's only certain days, certain time.
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Pert42Texas
20 June 2016|
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what are the hours of operation M-F
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