Marine Science Institute Visitor Center

855 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373- Map It
Phone: (361) 749-6729

AAA Editor Notes

Marine Science Institute Visitor Center is at 855 E. Cotter Ave. on the University of Texas Marine Science Institute campus. The center's seven aquariums re-create different Texas coastal habitats including a cordgrass salt marsh, black mangrove marsh, an oyster reef, an artificial reef, an open bay bottom and a rock jetty. Visitors can learn about the institute's research projects through exhibits, movies and educational programs housed in the main building. Next to the visitor center is the 3.5-acre Wetlands Education Center, an outdoor area containing native plants, wildlife and a boardwalk.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5, Sat. 10-3, Sun. 11-3. Phone for movie schedule. Guided tours of Wetlands Education Center depart Tues. and Thurs. at 10. Allow 1 hour minimum.