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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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Extremely educational and a great success story!

Visited on a Saturday with a 6yo boy and 4yo girl. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
You will learn things and support a worthy organization

We toured the Turtle Hospital (disclaimer - my father in law volunteers for the summer beach... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
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302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a Saturday with a 6yo boy and 4yo girl. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the educational aspect of this visit and tour. The kids, however, were a bit bored going though the various presentations prior to entering the actual rehab area. This...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

We toured the Turtle Hospital (disclaimer - my father in law volunteers for the summer beach patrols) with my niece. We enjoyed the various stations explaining the varieties of sea turtles, do's and don'ts and seeing the hospital itself and getting to see some of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank claude_monnier
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

The tour was great! Every one of the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable about turtles! It was awesome to see the amazing hard work they do! Even our 9 month old was happy to be there!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Dana S
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This facility is wonderful! They work hard to rehab injured sea turtles and get them back into their natural habitats! The releases back into the ocean are amazing to watch!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank HucksDad
Reviewed October 5, 2018

A good place to visit and learn about turtle rehabilitation. The volunteers took their time and explained about the program which was quite interesting. A good place to spend an hour. We went in August and the line to get in was quite long. Get...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank yeulife
Reviewed October 3, 2018

It was a very interesting Center and they taught us a lot about the giant sea turtles but the line was very long (1 1/2 hrs) in the hot sun with no shade. If you go, do it on a cool day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank geneseo_nurse
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The Karen Beasley Hospital is home to many sea turtles who have suffered injuries from we humans who are not taking care of our oceans. They have a limited time for visiting but it is definitely working your schedule around. Jean Beasley is an American...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cewilliams6272016
Reviewed September 22, 2018

This is tucked away in Surf City, NC - the signage is sparse but turn down the road next to the mini golf. This is a turtle hospital staffed entirely by volunteers dedicated to helping injured turtles. They provide education information about dangers turtles face,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusanHinCaryNC
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We went there the other week. And I was impressed. The place is clean and organized. The employees are very knowledgeable about the turtles and the goings on there. Very helpful and friendly.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank blondee2
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We loved this tour! They gave my two daughters an extended tour and let them help to feed the turtles. We will be going back in a fee weeks! I would highly recommend going here

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.