The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas

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Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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  • We did not go inside because it was not open when we were there. But the main reason for our stop was to see Kent Ullberg’s sculpture “Interdependency”. At first glance you just see a tarpon...  more »
  • Be sure and check their website because they are still closed and recovering from Hurricane Harvey. But, previous visits were fun and informative. Sorry the grandson didn't get to see it this trip.  more »
  • There's an outdoor circular trail that takes you out towards a wetland viewing area. It looked pleasant enough but there is scant shade. Inside there are about six aquarium tanks, and given the modest collection there was a surprising variety of aquatic life on display: Flounder, Tang fish, seahorses, starfish, puffer fish, and the cutest little bumble bee fish (he's in a tank with larger fish so look for him!). Plus there's an awesome Fin Whale jawbone on display, along with a Dolphin skeleton. It's worth 15 minutes of your time if you're in the area. It's free, but they do accept contributions. There's also a small gift shop.
  • Great place to explore. Would be excellent for school field trips. Can be in & out in 30 minutes or if you have more time you can spend it in their wetland area or looking at birds. Good experience.

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