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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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Address: 302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
Phone Number: +1 910-329-0222
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Friendly staff, commendable mission

The folks at the center do a nice job telling their story and I appreciate what they do. I visited with my 4-year-old grandson on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. He did well, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Randy B
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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48 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The folks at the center do a nice job telling their story and I appreciate what they do. I visited with my 4-year-old grandson on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. He did well, but the line was a bit long and the tour itself probably would be better for kids a bit older. One thing I noticed on the Saturday we... More 

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Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new facility is a much needed upgrade from the old cramped quarters on Topsail. I hear that lines can be long in the summer, but in November when we went you go right in. Just know hours off season are limited:1-4 pm Thursday and Saturday in November, so plan your visit carefully. Admission is only about $5 (varies depending... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

ANyone who likes sea turtles will love to visit this place! A wonderful history of rescuing injured or sick sea turtles and rehabilitating them for return to the ocean. MAny volunteers explain the reason they do what they do and take the time to explain the stories behind many of the lovely turtles. Up close encounters - but no touching... More 

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Fall Branch, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place and the people who run it are fantastic. We visit it one or twice a year. The paitents are usually not the same, except for Lenny. They run off of donations so help em out!

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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We visited the Turtle Hospital last Saturday afternoon. We were fortunate to find no line outside the door and got started as soon as we got there. Each station had a knowledgeable volunteer who explained many, many facts about the turtles: their bodies, their types, the problems they face on the beach and in the ocean, the goals of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

My 3 year old son was not very interested but it was nice to see what they do to protect and help the sea turtles. The price was a little much for 30 mins. But I just considered it a donation to charity.

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Thank Aly R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We visited on a Saturday and while busy, the line moved pretty steadily. Lot's of informative stations along the walking tour manned by knowledgeable volunteers. This center is doing a good work worth supporting all by itself, but the tour is more than worth the cost of admission. You're not going to find anything else quite like it!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

$5 per adult to get in. Volunteers are excellent at educating you about the sea turtles. Not too many patients checked in currently. Was nice to see those who were, including some babies. Looks like they do a great job rehabilitating and releasing the turtles. Cute gift shop too.

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Chapel Hill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Hadn't been to the TH since we moved in 2008, so visited the new facility on the mainland. Really nice, still had a LONG wait to get in, but now wait at least is inside and they have volunteers doing educational spiels as you progress through the line (would have liked more education on NOT leaving holes in the sand... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Very popular exhibit. Well organized and informative. Not ideal for preschoolers due to line wait. Amazing what they are doing for the turtles.

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