Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Port Aransas: University of Texas Marine Sciences Institute Visitor Center

Seven aquaria display typical Texas coastal habitats and the organisms that live in them, including Spartina, black mangrove marsh, oyster reef, open bay bottom, rock jetty and offshore artificial reefs. Other displays in the main building highlight current and past research projects and feature representative specimens or photographs of local plants and animals.

The Insititute's Wetlands Education Center offers guided tours of the native habitats adjacent to the buildings.


  • 750 Channel View Drive
  • Port Aransas, Texas
  • 78373


Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Wetlands Education Center guided tours are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

  • Free



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Read more about the UT Austin Marine Science Institute in the Handbook of Texas Online.