Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Surf City

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  • Rehabilitating turtles, learning about the rescue work. Someone is at each exhibit to educate and inform. $5 admission. There is also a small gift shop  more »
  • Very informative place to visit and always a treat to see the turtles rehabilitating. There is a love for these beautiful creatures that resonates from within the walls of the center all the way down ...  more »
  • It was a bit tricky to find – our sat nav took us round the back. This is a great place. When you enter you pay you $5 admission (well worth the money) and walk down the corridor. There are manned exh...  more »
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  • Awesome place! Looked like a long wait/line to get in, but moved quick. We loved seeing all the turtles and hearing their stories. Also was a great learning experience with fun and friendly staff, the only exception being a really stern bossy woman who lined us up when we came in the door. It was kind of comical actually (picture Betty White as a drill sergeant), and certainly effective at keeping the large number of people coming through there in an orderly fashion.
  • My kids absolutely loved the sea turtle rescue center! We went last week and they still talk about the sea turtle we "adopted", which really means we made a nice donation to the center to help care for the turtles. The lineup out the door is LONG and the sun is intense, so bring water and a hat for you and your kids in case you need to wait online outside. We had to wait 15 minutes to get in the door. Once you are inside though, there are some great educational booths and a bunch of sea turtles to see. The people there do an outstanding job of telling you each and every sea turtles story. We ended up adopting the sea turtle "Lennie" as he is blind and will never be able to go back to see. So sad! The gift shop is small but a huge hit with your kids. Perfect way to spend a couple of hours while on your beach vacation.
  • Such a cool place... Gained a lot of knowledge... Saw so many turtles... They Had great volunteers that were really knowledgeable... Visiting here made me want to learn more and save the turtles... I don't think I'll ever look at plastic the same Again.... There should be more places like this... There might be less need for them of people were more educated... Thank you for the experience and knowledge... You opened my eyes and changed my ways!!!
  • This is interesting, but may be tough with younger kids. You do not touch or interact with the turtles. It's a fascinating learning experience and will make you want to clean up the beach! It's a long wait in the sun- bring an umbrella! My kids really liked to just learn, but my sister's kids were expecting to touch things and look around more? Wonderful mission and vision.
  • The previous location, on the island, was smaller, so the setup worked there. But in this new, bigger location, the setup does not work at all. Everyone files through in a single line: first outside and wrapping inside to buy a ticket. (The price of admission, posted outside, does not mention the tax that is added on at the register.) Then through poster exhibits, where volunteers explain various things. When we were there, each of the volunteers was an elderly woman, and they only used their "indoor voice," so if you weren't close enough, you couldn't hear them. There were about 6 stations to endure before getting to a large glass window, where you could see into a huge room containing 6 or 7 large, opaque tanks for housing the sea turtles. Personnel were in the room tending to various things. You moved along this window, where you could *maybe* catch a glimpse of a turtle inside one or two of the tanks. By the time we reached the room itself, we had seen enough. We walked along the single line inside the room, which was a remaining 100 feet or so, toward the exit. This was the best part of the visit, because walking along the inside edge of the room only merits being there a few minutes, plus we had seen the setup in the previous location and already knew something about the turtles. This operation would have been so much better if people could wander through at their own pace, such as in any museum or art gallery. We would only have spent half the time and been satisfied. The people who run this place really need to reassess how the interface with the public is carried out.

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