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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
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The new facility is a much needed upgrade from the old cramped quarters on Topsail. I hear that lines can be long in the summer, but in November when we went you go right in. Just... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
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Winston-Salem, NC

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Winston-Salem, NC
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

The new facility is a much needed upgrade from the old cramped quarters on Topsail. I hear that lines can be long in the summer, but in November when we went you go right in. Just know hours off season are limited:1-4 pm Thursday and Saturday in November, so plan your visit carefully. Admission is only about $5 (varies depending... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

ANyone who likes sea turtles will love to visit this place! A wonderful history of rescuing injured or sick sea turtles and rehabilitating them for return to the ocean. MAny volunteers explain the reason they do what they do and take the time to explain the stories behind many of the lovely turtles. Up close encounters - but no touching... More 

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Fall Branch, Tennessee
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This place and the people who run it are fantastic. We visit it one or twice a year. The paitents are usually not the same, except for Lenny. They run off of donations so help em out!

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited the Turtle Hospital last Saturday afternoon. We were fortunate to find no line outside the door and got started as soon as we got there. Each station had a knowledgeable volunteer who explained many, many facts about the turtles: their bodies, their types, the problems they face on the beach and in the ocean, the goals of the... More 

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Thank springsgirlColorado
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My 3 year old son was not very interested but it was nice to see what they do to protect and help the sea turtles. The price was a little much for 30 mins. But I just considered it a donation to charity.

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Thank Aly R
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We visited on a Saturday and while busy, the line moved pretty steadily. Lot's of informative stations along the walking tour manned by knowledgeable volunteers. This center is doing a good work worth supporting all by itself, but the tour is more than worth the cost of admission. You're not going to find anything else quite like it!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

$5 per adult to get in. Volunteers are excellent at educating you about the sea turtles. Not too many patients checked in currently. Was nice to see those who were, including some babies. Looks like they do a great job rehabilitating and releasing the turtles. Cute gift shop too.

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Chapel Hill
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Hadn't been to the TH since we moved in 2008, so visited the new facility on the mainland. Really nice, still had a LONG wait to get in, but now wait at least is inside and they have volunteers doing educational spiels as you progress through the line (would have liked more education on NOT leaving holes in the sand... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Very popular exhibit. Well organized and informative. Not ideal for preschoolers due to line wait. Amazing what they are doing for the turtles.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We learned a lot about sea turtles and the environment during our tour. Open only on Thursday and Saturday to the public, it was crowded with long lines. Worth the effort. Very nice staff who were happy to share their knowledge.

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