Marine Science Institute
At the risk of learning something on your beach vacation, consider a visit to the Marine Science Institute (750 Channel View Dr., 361/749-6729, www.utmsi.utexas.edu, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., free). The oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast, the institute is dedicated to sciences (ecology, biochemistry, physiology, etc.) relating to plants and animals of the sea.
The Marine Science Institute visitors center offers educational movies (Mon.–Thurs. at 3 p.m.) and self-guided tours of marine-related research project exhibits, stunning photographs, and seven aquariums containing offshore artificial reefs, black mangrove marsh, and Spartina, often over an open sea floor.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition