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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
+1 361-749-6729
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The Marine Science Institute has Hurricane damage

Unfortunately the Institute took the full brunt of the storm. They are repairing the dorms and... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2018
swalker616
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 28 July 2017
ToujoursRed
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Argyle, Texas
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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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"gift shop"
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"whale bones"
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"visitor center"
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"great place to learn"
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"indoor exhibits"
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"open to the public"
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"fish"
in 33 reviews
"rainy day"
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"field trip"
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"all ages"
in 7 reviews
"worth a stop"
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"their natural habitat"
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"great for kids"
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"sea turtles"
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"tanks"
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"aquarium"
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Unfortunately the Institute took the full brunt of the storm. They are repairing the dorms and trying to get the facility open again. The research building on the pier is completely gone as is the boardwalk to the institute.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

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

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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
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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
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Reviewed 16 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!

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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
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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
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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
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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!

1  Thank Melissa U
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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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