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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
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A Heart-Warming Endeavor-----

A must see in eastern NC (but may sure they are open). This facility has housed more than 90 injured sea turtles at one time who receive tender-loving care until they are well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 13, 2017
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Ellicott City, Maryland

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

A must see in eastern NC (but may sure they are open). This facility has housed more than 90 injured sea turtles at one time who receive tender-loving care until they are well enough to be released. Jean Beasley has done an outstanding job for many years in honor and memory of her daughter, "Karen". Narrated tours let visitors know... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Very well organized to get a large crowd through at opening. Volunteers were engaging and knowledgeable.

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

This was one of my favorite parts of my vacation. Seeing the sea turtles, learning about the different types and what the rehab center does was very interesting. I loved seeing the turtles and hearing their stories and seeing them being taken such well care of. The gift shop is a nice addition. You can't leave there without something turtle... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

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 November 10, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 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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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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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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