The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center conserves and protects all species of marine turtle on land and in the water. We accomplish this through monitoring and protecting nesting sea turtles, nests, and hatchlings; rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sick and injured sea turtles; informing and educating the public regarding the plight of all sea turtles and the threat of their extinction; and providing an experiential learning site for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and/or veterinary medicine from around the world.
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M C
35 contributions
Family
This is a working Turtle Hospital and Rescue that also works to be a tourist attraction.

They are doing an excellent job with tours by time slot and they have it down to a science.

Get your tickets 3-4 days in advance for better selection of times. We waited till day before and there were only like 2 or 3 slots left to accommodate 4 people.

On the tour you get a good dose of turtle knowledge before you see the working part of the Hospital. The tour is limited to a view from a catwalk, but again this is a working hospital and not a petting zoo.

The tour ended right on schedule and the gift shop at the end was good.

You could combine this with the mini golf and the tourist shops in the area for a very nice outing.
Written July 17, 2022
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sgrepp
28 contributions
Visited this awesome turtle hospital with my daughter and granddaughters. We all learned so much, the volunteer guide shared a lot of interesting information. This is a very popular destination, we visited in the summer and had to get our tickets a couple of days in advance as there are limits to the number of people allowed in a group.
Written August 6, 2021
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A_Davis14
Fort Worth, TX123 contributions
Couples
First of all you have to make a reservation. They have a limited number of slots per tour time which made for a much better and more intimate experience. Highly suggest you book a few days in advance. We booked a week in advance and almost everything was already filled up. With that being said, it was an amazing experience. I was in awe of how reputable the hospital is for sea turtles to the point that they will fly sea turtles up and down the coast to their facility for treatment. What’s even more incredible is that it is run by volunteers. The tour is about 45 mins long and really interactive for kids. They talk about everything from the hospital to the different turtle species. Once in the rehabilitation area, they talk about each turtle and their injury, when they arrived, and how they are helping heal them. The best part is you can “adopt” a sea turtle and help with their food and medical needs. You even get a picture and certificate to take home. Best souvenir ever!
Written June 15, 2022
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Woods Family of 4
5 contributions
Family
This is my third trip and I learn something new every time. We purchased tickets online 2 days in advance. Our tour was great for adults, an 8 year old and 4 year old. Pre-pandemic, we would arrive and wait in a long line to get a tour, and some of it was self-guided. The online ticketing and complete tour was top notch. The gift shop has a variety of adult and children’s items which support a great cause. 10/10 recommend!
Written June 19, 2022
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HBH2336
Leesburg, VA554 contributions
Friends
Loved our visit to Beasley. The information about the rehab was excellent and informative. The turtles were so amazing and i can’t wait to return. Staff was super friendly and answered all our questions. We did need an appointment to visit and they only allow 10 guests per group which run about every 10 minutes. The tour is about 45 minutes long and there are approximately 15-20 turtles. Can’t wait to return!
Written July 7, 2021
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TheRealJBJ
Bristol, VA43 contributions
Family
Our family vacations each summer in Holden Beach, about an hour away from Topsail. This year, we ordered tickets in advance and scheduled our first visit to the turtle hospital. Our kids (who range in age from five to twenty years old) all loved it. We probably would’ve stayed for hours. I bet we’ll be back!
Written June 30, 2022
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Claire G
3 contributions
My husband and I took our three young children to the Rescue center. The tour lasted about an hour (I was told it would be 45 min). Some of the info on the tour might be slightly boring for kids 5 and under, but it was all worth it because at the end they let you see the turtles in the turtle bay. My 8 year old son said he might want to be a marine biologist like our tour guide some day. Very educational and inspiring....
Written July 27, 2021
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EAL17
Maryville, TN153 contributions
I've heard of long lines here, but we went in the off season and it wasn't bad at all. We waited maybe 15 minutes to get in, and then were moved from station to station through the facility. Volunteers at each informative station helped explain to us about turtles, the facility, and keeping our oceans clean. we brought several children from our extended family of different ages, who remained fairly engaged. The volunteers were patient and helpful in answering questions. The highlight of course was viewing the turtles. Since we went on a day that wasn't terribly crowded we were able to somewhat take our time in viewing the turtles. They are so cool! Cost to get in was quite reasonable and for a great cause. Staff were friendly, patient and helpful. Restrooms were clean. Gift shop is large and well stocked with souvenirs. A must stop for anyone vacationing at Topsail!
Written May 20, 2020
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Sherry M
Goldsboro, NC71 contributions
We had a great time touring the facility. We had a pleasant and knowledgeable tour guide. She seemed to enjoy being a guide and did not mind answering questions. It was fun getting to see the live turtles up close and learn some of their history. We did get to see one of the turtles being fed. (The turtle did not eat much earlier at the regular feeding so we were gifted with getting to see them try to get her to eat.) There was a very large turtle there that we were hoping to get to see and get a picture of but it was too far from the walkway for us to see it and/or get a picture.(That was disappointing.) The tours were so close together that we could not stand and wait for a photo op. Overall a good experience and reasonably priced. (Except for the souvenir shop where everything was expensive.)
Written July 30, 2022
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cruisefan24
Forked River, NJ33 contributions
The Turtle Rescue provides great information and education about the sea turtles for adults and children alike. I loved learning how the turtles lay their eggs, how volunteers work to protect the eggs and the hatchlings from the natural predators, and especially seeing the injured turtles both being "doctored" by the volunteers and swimming in their individual pools. It was interesting to learn the stories behind their various injuries and their prognoses for being released back to the sea. Don't miss this!
Written June 11, 2021
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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is open:
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM