Aquarium & Museum

  • Open to the public for self-guided tours Mon-Fri 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Admission is free and donations are accepted.
  • Guided tours for organized groups are available by appointment

Schools and other organized groups

School groups, civic groups, and other organized groups may arrange to visit the Coastal
Studies Lab Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.

The CSL offers a variety of tours and marine science-related activities for students and
adults of all ages. The group sponsor should complete and submit the online tour request
form at least two weeks, but preferably four weeks, in advance to request a date and time.
Generally, requests will receive a response within 2 business days. Requests received
during weekends and UTRGV holidays will receive a response once normal business hours
resume. Understand that a request is not a guarantee that the preferred date or time will be
available, so be flexible and include several possible dates that will work for your group.
The CSL accepts purchase order, school check, IDT, personal check, money order, and
cash. We do not accept credit cards at this time. Payment is due on the day of your visit.

Checks should be made payable to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Your visit is confirmed when you receive a quote.

Online Tour Request Form

***If you haven't received a response to your request in 24 hours, call the lab directly!***

Tours are offered Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 1 pm

Cash, checks, IDT, and purchase orders accepted. Payment is due of day of visit.
Make checks payable to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Additional fees: entrance fee to Isla Blanca Park - $25 per bus, $10 per private vehicle

For groups of fewer than 8 participants, different rates may apply.

Date and Time Information NOTE: Please list several dates in order of preference. Be flexible. You may even list certain weeks when you are available.
Group Information
Sponsor Contact Information
Tour Descriptions 

Self Guided

  • Marine aquariums, shell collection, and other marine-science themed exhibits; Shore Things video.
  • Free
  • All Grade Levels
  • Duration: 1 Hour*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 60 people max

Guided

  • Invertebrate specimen touch tank, scavenger hunt, classification/observation of marine organisms and habitats, & other lab activities.
  • $2 per Student
  • All Grade Levels
  • Duration: 1-2 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/90 people maximum

Robotics Tour

  • Overview of innovative equipment used for current research at UTRGV. Includes aquarium & museum tour, touch tank, and other lab activities.
  • $3 per Student
  • All Grade Levels
  • Duration: 1-2 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/90 people maximum

Seaweed Pressing

  • Kids of all ages love algae! Pressed seaweed specimens will be mailed to your school following your visit. Includes guided tour.
  • $4 per Student
  • All Grade Levels
  • Duration: 1.5-2 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/90 people maximum

Fish Printing

  • Gyotaku,” a Japanese word for “fish rubbing,” is an art form used by fisherman to document their catch. We provide all of the materials, including the fish! Includes guided tour.
  • $15 per Person
  • 3rd grade and up only
  • Duration: 2-3 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/24 people maximum

Squid Dissection

  • A great introduction to marine invertebrates! Includes guided tour.
  • $7 per Student
  • 3rd grade and up only
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/90 people maximum

Shark Dissection

  • The ultimate dissection experience! Includes guided tour.
  • $10 per Student
  • 3rd grade and up only
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 Hours*
  • *Duration of tour depends on number of participants.
  • Number of Participants: 8 people minimum/90 people maximum

Ridley Floating Classroom

  • Marine discovery cruise on the Laguna Madre aboard the R/V Ridley Floating Classroom
    • Use plankton nets, trawls, sediment samplers, and water test kits to collect specimens and gain an understanding of marine biology research
    • Onboard touch tank
    • Digital microscope and monitor for viewing plankton
    • Common sightings of dolphins, shorebirds, and other marine critters
    • Learn about marine adaptations and coastal conservation in onboard lessons led by experienced educator-naturalists
  • $400 per cruise
  • 4th grade and up
  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs.
  • Number of participants: 25 people max per cruise (this total includes teachers)
Method of Payment

Please note this is NOT a confirmation but a request. You will receive an email acknowledgement with additional logistical information, and we will call or email to confirm your tour and review payment.

***If you haven't received a response to your request in 24 hours, call the lab directly!***