Directions

Explore the facilities at the Mission-Aransas Reserve.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute


The University of Texas Marine Science Institute's official address is 750 Channel View Dr., but the main entrance is located at 855 E. Cotter Ave.

Directions from the Ferry: go straight on Cotter Ave. through both stop lights and the 4-way stop sign towards the beach; MSI will be on the left before you get to the beach.

Directions from Padre Island: take Hwy. 361 to Port Aransas, go straight on S. Alister, at 2nd stop light, turn RIGHT on Cotter Ave., go straight through 4-way stop sign towards the beach; MSI will be on the left before you get to the beach.

Campus Map

Bay Education Center


The University of Texas Marine Science Institute also operates a Visitor Center in Rockport, Texas called the Bay Education Center. Located at 121 Seabreeze Dr., this Center is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 1- 4 pm. 

Directions from Port Aransas: Take the ferry to Aransas Pass. Once in Aransas Pass turn RIGHT on TX-35 business. Stay on TX-35 BUS N all the way to Rockport (about 10 miles). In Rockport, turn right onto FM 1069 (Market Street). Turn left onto Austin Street. Turn right onto Veterans Memorial Dr., which will become Seabreeze Drive. The Bay Education Center will be on your right, just before the entrance to Rockport Beach Park.

Directions from Corpus Christi: Take the Harbor Bridge (US-181 N) towards Portland. Continue onto TX-35 N. Take the Market Street exit and turn RIGHT onto Market Street. Turn left onto Austin Street. Turn right onto Veterans Memorial Dr., which will become Seabreeze Drive. The Bay Education Center will be on your right, just before the entrance to Rockport Beach Park. 

Fennessey Ranch


Fennessey Ranch is located just south of the town of Refugio on farm road 2678. From Corpus Christi, take TX-35 N. Turn left onto Farm to Market 136, and then continue onto Farm to Market Rd 2678. 



UTMSI Map


Bay Education Center Map


Fennessey Map