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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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Closed Now: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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I have been interested in turtles since a visit to South Carolina 2 years ago when we met some... read more

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A place that takes care of majestic creatures

We have been visiting Top Sail Island for a number of years. We always make it a point to go to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
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All reviews long line worth the wait gift shop wait in line injured turtles rehab center an umbrella answer questions non profit new building educational experience large room these beautiful creatures inside the building all ages long wait at noon
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I have been interested in turtles since a visit to South Carolina 2 years ago when we met some Turtle People patrolling the beach for nests. I have since adopted Lennie and it was great to actually see her. The work that they do at...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank BostonRae
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been visiting Top Sail Island for a number of years. We always make it a point to go to the Turtle Rescue Center. This group of volunteers works hard to take care of some majestic creatures. The turtles range from simple injuries that...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mark S
Reviewed 1 week ago

They are open limited hours so you may have to be patient as you wend your way through the various exhibits and meet three kinds of sea turtles

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mr_Terbillion
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we first moved to Holly Ridge we visited this Wonderful rescue Center. It’s a great place to bring the children so they can learn about Sea Turtles and what the facility is all about. This is a non profit organization and the more people...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nomad49036763306
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brought our four grand daughters and two great grand daughters to visit. They loved it. The oldest great grand daughter is two and is obsessed with turtles. The staff was so informative and friendly. If we vacation here again, we will be sure and visit...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Dee R
Reviewed February 28, 2019

The day this place opened at noonish, the line was already to the parking lot, the heat and sun were sweltering. Make sure to do this at the beginning of your vacation not the end because the kids couldn't stand the heat (we had been...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TrekNPJess
Reviewed February 15, 2019

This is a sea turtle hospital on Topsail Island. Although there was a bit of a wait in the summer it was well worth it. once inside there are tanks with recovering sea turtles being nursed back to health and the staff explains the whole...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rick B
Reviewed January 7, 2019

This was one of the highlights of our trip. I know more about turtles than I thought existed. This turtle hospital cares for these turtles with such love. We were there for the holiday and each turtle had been given a Grinch character name and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank asnbfrog
Reviewed November 13, 2018

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
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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.