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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

#2 of 27 things to do in Surf City Features Animals
302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
+1 910-329-0222
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Nice detour.

A long line for a quick visit. That being said, your visit helps support the facility. And once you... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Padraic D
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Hot Wait/Great for Kids

We arrived at 11:45 & there was already a decent line. We waited about 20 minutes & it went really... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LaceyK2014
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Abilene, Texas
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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LOCATION
302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
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+1 910-329-0222

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A long line for a quick visit. That being said, your visit helps support the facility. And once you get inside it is a facinating little tour.

Thank Padraic D
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived at 11:45 & there was already a decent line. We waited about 20 minutes & it went really fast. We went through the "stations" of volunteers. We talked to about 13+ different volunteers along a route in the building. My 5 year old...More

Thank LaceyK2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

If all you want to do is see a few turtles, it's ok. The ranks are puny in size. One poor blind turtle has been in the same 7' diameter pool,for 5 years and will spend the next 70-80'years there! Crazy! If sea word is...More

Thank gladysc215
Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful and well-worth it wait in line for the chance to see such majestic creatures being cared for and healed. Tips: keep snacks and a bottle of water or two handy for longer waits. Also, the gift shop is lovely and proceeds directly support...More

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised with the education given on the turtles. The volunteers are wonderful people. The visit was a favorite part of our vacation.

Thank Debra M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second visit to NC and our second visit to the hospital. Just a great place for kids and the whole family. Educational and fun!

Thank Ken W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there during a busy time and had a long line but it was worth the wait. We had 3 little girls with us ranging from 5 yr old to 8 yr old. They were able to learn all about the different kinds of...More

Thank Jeffery M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This facility did a great job of educating and entertaining my family in line in what I'm sure was one of the busiest days of the summer. The volunteers were very enthusiastic and informative , educating us about sea turtles while we waited in a...More

Thank 1hotcarney
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard about this place while in Oak Island last summer. We were very surprised to see so many people in line, and also happy to see this rescue facility getting so much positive attention. The staff and interns were fantastic and knowledgeable and...More

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an informative and well-organized tour for being staffed entirely by volunteers. If you have very young children, though, be aware that much of the tour is listening to docents at the different stations. You see turtles through glass but they are real patients...More

Thank BanjosKids
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shannon d
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
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2JoN
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!
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kathrynb392
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.
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