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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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A must see in Topsail

Loved our visit here. This place is doing some great things for the preservation of sea turtles... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
Educational Stations

We liked the set up of it. There were stations set up that talked about the different types of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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

Loved our visit here. This place is doing some great things for the preservation of sea turtles. Very interesting! The staff is very knowledgable. It was fun seeing all the turtles and learning a little about each of them.

Thank steiner98
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We liked the set up of it. There were stations set up that talked about the different types of turtles they help. You can tell the turtles are well taken care of. We enjoyed hearing about the rehabilitation of the turtles and their success stories....More

Thank xplrmor4me
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a must see whether you are a visitor or a local to the area! The volunteers clearly love their turtles and are carefully trained before interacting with the public. The hospital is clean, happy and educational for all ages.

Thank Martha28445
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and kids enjoyed seeing how all the volunteers were helping to protect the sea turtles. This was also a great place to see several species all at once.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the other reviews - try going midweek, rather than on the weekend. We had a short wait, offering us the opportunity to visit with other guests and tourists. Why the state of NC charges tax on the nominal entrance fee is confounding -...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to visit on a Tuesday afternoon and based on other reviews anticipated a long wait. We were pleasantly surprised to have a short wait outside and the once we got inside the line moved almost continually. It was very educational and our 2...More

Thank Jeremy0915
Reviewed 1 week ago

A geocache that is part of a clever series is "hidden" here. Once on the grounds decided to visit and glad we did...having not known much about turtles before this trip. The staff was very knowledgeable and wanted to teach. What we could see was...More

Thank Mansfieldshoes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to go if you have teenagers or very attentive children. There is usually a long line and at least a half hour or more wait. If you have young restless children this is not the place for you. It is...More

Thank K F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure the organization is a wonderful non-profit, full of amazing volunteers who sink their heart and soul into everything, and does great work. That being said, it's really not worth the visit. If you go, expect to wait about an hour outside in a...More

1  Thank HTS-Traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two grandparents and two 4 year old twins visited and learned about the purpose of this hospital. We were able to learn about each turtle being rehabbed here by an hospital intern. Lots of opportunity to ask questions. Glad we were there on a not-fo-busy...More

Thank Ann T
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Would this be a good activity for a family in July? Are there always tours? Thanks! Looking forward to our vacation on TopSail!
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!
What is the coast to get into this? We are planing a trip in June 2017 with our grandkids and would like to visit if the price is not that much. Thank you
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.
Hours please? Open tomorrow 1/14/17?
14 January 2017|
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Response from springsgirlColorado | Reviewed this property |
They will reopen for the 2017 season in April. You could google them in March to see if they posted their dates.