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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
+1 910-329-0222
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Fantastic place

It was a bit tricky to find – our sat nav took us round the back. This is a great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Halifax, United Kingdom
Great learning experience!

My mom brought me here last summer. I loved seeing the turtle and learning about the rescue work... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer E
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302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a bit tricky to find – our sat nav took us round the back. This is a great place. When you enter you pay you $5 admission (well worth the money) and walk down the corridor. There are manned exhibits. Stop at each...More

1  Thank LiciaW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mom brought me here last summer. I loved seeing the turtle and learning about the rescue work. We had a lot of fun, and I think kids would enjoy visiting.

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's great to see the turtles that have been rescued and rehabilitated, as well as seeing the turtles that were there on previous visits and how well they are doing. So much great work, especially with all the volunteers.

Thank KimberlyK8991
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love sea turtles this is the place to visit and if you're lucky they release the turtles back into the ocean.

Thank Dan R
Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

The work that is done here is truly special. The dedicated individuals who volunteer helped us to understand more about the Turtles, how they become sick or injured, and how we can contribute to improve the outcome. A great learning experience and close up views...More

Thank MFauth
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Was a great experience...a docent for each step of the way. Many turtles and much info on them was shared. Interesting and entertaining...

Thank millgals
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This was amazing to see, What these people do for these turtles goes above and beyond. The place is great, you get to learn about they help the turtles get better and to one day be able to be released back into the ocean. Its...More

Thank TKM9
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

My disclaimer admits I am a hopeless sea turtle advocate. Each summer I help guide hundreds of half-ounce hatchlings to the sea. I know a bit about turtles, their biology, and what threatens them. This Sea turtle hospital is a great place for the neophyte...More

Thank OICommando
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

If you love turtles and love that people truly care about them, then this is the place for you! All of the people were very informative about the turtles in there. There is a little bit of a wait, but not really all that bad.

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Not only do they nurse injured turtles back to health ,they educate with wonderful displays. At each station, you learn something new. One depicts the different types of turtles, their size, habits,etc One shows a nest, with eggs.. Another teaches some of the anatomy ....More

1  Thank kittylatte
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July 26, 2017|
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Response from julibates | Reviewed this property |
Honestly no. Go early is your best bet. Once they open, it moves fairly quickly. We got there 30 minutes before opening and joined the line. The locals are friendly and once they opened, we were the second or third group in... More
April 28, 2017|
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Response from obxbeachgirl65 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely. All along the beach you'll see turtle nests blocked off. If you see a crowd around one, they may be expecting a hatch. Have fun!
March 7, 2017|
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Response from Anne O | Reviewed this property |
Staffed by Volunteers - Opens for the season April1,2017. Visit their website General admission: $5 (13 & up); Seniors and Military: $4; Children $3 (12 & under). located at 302 Tortuga Lane, (Mainland) Surf City.