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The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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SEA TURTLES !!

Although the Center was still closed due to damage from last year's Hurricane Harvey, the walk... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
docwhiteaustin
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Austin, Texas
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Still closed as of June 28th

We wanted to visit here, but it is still closed from storm damage. In fact, we saw numerous... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Schlauberger1846
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Castroville, Texas
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Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.
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750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015
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+1 361-749-6729
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 April 2009

First of all, this is a school above all so do not expect the frills of some other aquariums. The actual aquarium was not incredible but it was neat to see that the fish were cared for in their natural habitats. The school does not...More

10  Thank WaterLoverBrad
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 May 2012

The Institute has been expanded a lot in recent years so we checked it out. There are still very few things to see inside. They have added a nice outdoor feature. Good walking trails with various habitats featured. They also have ARK--Animal Rescue Keep with...More

3  Thank vsb58
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Although the Center was still closed due to damage from last year's Hurricane Harvey, the walk along the seawall (also severely damaged at the same time) from the Center to the jetty treats the whole family with dozens of sea turtles along the water at...More

2  Thank docwhiteaustin
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This place was really devastated by Hurricane Harvey and is a long way from being restored. But eventually it (and the entire community of Port A) will be up and running again, even better than before.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We wanted to visit here, but it is still closed from storm damage. In fact, we saw numerous buildings in Port A that were closed, some wrecked and some being renovated.

2  Thank Schlauberger1846
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.

1  Thank swalker616
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
Reviewed 28 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

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
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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
21 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
21 June 2016|
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what are the hours of operation M-F
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