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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
Phone Number: 9103290222
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First time here!

The wait in line was well worth it! Loved the place and enjoyed learning about what they do there and how they help the turtles. Great place!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Medina, Ohio

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Medina, Ohio
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The wait in line was well worth it! Loved the place and enjoyed learning about what they do there and how they help the turtles. Great place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Neat place to go for a change from the beach scene, but be prepared to stand outside in the heat if the line is long. We went on a hot, rain-threatening day and stood outside for 45 minutes then took another 45 minutes to walk through. Only spent about 15 minutes in the room with the live turtles. Very inexpensive... More 

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Thank Kelly J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on a Thursday only to find out that Thursday is the most popular day to visit. It was very crowded, but they have different stations set up while you're waiting in line that educate you about sea turtles. The volunteers all seem very knowledgeable. They were all very friendly and eager to answer questions. My teenage daughters enjoyed... More 

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Thank Amy T
Edinboro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We needed a break from the beach, and heard good things about this place. The line to get in looked really long in the 97 degree heat but moved pretty fast. Only waited about 15 minutes. They move you through efficiently to various "stations" where volunteers teach you about sea turtles. (Topsail is a sea turtle sanctuary.) The tour moves... More 

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Thank Bob M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation center which is in a new location just over the draw bridge from Topsail Island. It was very busy so we had to wait outside for a few minutes and they let people in in groups. Once inside we waited in line which had informational stations along the way with staff members giving... More 

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Thank Lauriehey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite a learning experience. Not a lot of turtles, but only because they are nursing most back to health. Going right at open means a long wait in the sun. Definitely good for a one time visit, and a real eye opener.

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Thank Braden V
Covington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lines were long but don't let that scare you. Go around 2:30. Awesome thing that's going on here with great people volunteering to make our sea life strive and make us aware of the affect we have on the earth. Such magnificent creatures.

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Thank Burton C
Moore, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must see for all ages. They rescue turtles and bring them back to good health. When the turtles are ready they return them back to the ocean. You see many turtles in stages of their healing and hear the stories of how they were found. The staff are all volunteers. They are so knowledgeable and friendly. Canot... More 

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Thank Pat B
Windber, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After searching trip advisor for things to do on our Topsail Island vacation this was the major thing my family wanted to see. Reasonably priced for a unique experience. I'm glad I read through the reviews though. I saw several talking about getting there early. So glad we did. We got there at 12:15 and there was already a small... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed seeing this! It was a great way to get out of the sun for a few hours. It was much more crowed then I thought it would be! (I was expecting to walk right in but we waiting in line outside for about 20 mins. Bring an umbrella to block the sun! ) It was very nice... More 

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