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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

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Open today: Closed
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Fun and informative way to spend an afternoon. The staff was caring and knowledgeable and it was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Great learning experience.

We arrived early to a long line, but it moved pretty quick. When we departed a few hours later... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Excellent68%
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“long line”(28 reviews)
“worth the wait”(24 reviews)
“gift shop”(38 reviews)
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302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, North Carolina 28445, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
+1 910-329-0222
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Reviewed yesterday

Fun and informative way to spend an afternoon. The staff was caring and knowledgeable and it was amazing to see all the turtles!

Thank lwquinton
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived early to a long line, but it moved pretty quick. When we departed a few hours later, there was no line at all. The center is a marvel and well worth a visit. Staff mans tables to explain about the turtles. There is...More

Thank Playswdogs
Reviewed 4 days ago

They offered multiple table setups to explain about the center and turtles in general. It was interesting to learn about the turtles they had in-house and the reasons for them being there. Great organization.

Thank charky80
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great place for all ages. It is fun and educational. The staff is friendly, helpful and very well informed. They can explain lots of pertinent information to all groups and ages. They actually care for the turtles they are tslking about and...More

Thank sciencefreak2013
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an amazing place to visit. The organization takes in various types of sea turtles who have been injured; are ill or who have been negatively impacted by weather events. You can see the turtles, hear their stories and .... if you are lucky...More

Thank Cindy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating and educational experience. A bit of a line in the summer. So, I would recommend coming early and preparing yourself for a 1/2 hour wait. It's still worth it. The turtles are adorable and heart warming. The folks are truly doing God's work. Be...More

Thank jpscherer2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sea turtle rescue center had a lot of information for the visitors and we walked through the facility station to station to learn about sea turtles and see some of the turtles they were rehabilitating. The organization continues through a small admission fee, t...More

Thank M44koenig
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wide range of ages in our party. Everyone was fascinated with the wealth of information given on the turtles and what we can do to keep them well. There is a long line so plan accordingly. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The wait is long and hot, but worth it! Volunteers discuss various species of sea turtles and issues affecting them. You also see the treatment room and then go into a large room where they sea turtles are being rehabbed in hopes of returning them...More

Thank DenS2803
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They do amazing work and the volunteers are very informative. We even saw a turtle nest hatch today on the beach.

Thank bubbawagner
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27 July 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
28 April 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!
8 March 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.