Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Surf City

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  • A wonderful and well-worth it wait in line for the chance to see such majestic creatures being cared for and healed. Tips: keep snacks and a bottle of water or two handy for longer waits. Also, the gi...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised with the education given on the turtles. The volunteers are wonderful people. The visit was a favorite part of our vacation.  more »
  • Our second visit to NC and our second visit to the hospital. Just a great place for kids and the whole family. Educational and fun!  more »
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  • If you're expecting a petting zoo or aquarium then go elsewhere. This wonderful sea turtle hospital is a place for education and understanding how humans impact the turtles' habitats. Essentially, you wait in line (which can get LONG as the day goes on) and you're let in in small groups. You pay, and travel past several volunteer run exhibits where they explain different aspects or the turtles lives. Then your led into a large room filled with tanks that house the turtles. The views of the animals are good, and the pace is nice. I recommend this place to anyone who loves to learn and wants to help.
  • We love what they do for the turtles. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Sometimes you have a wait to get in but the line moves at a good pace. You learn a lot about the turtles and their life. And what you can do to help them. Great place to take kids. You can see what they do to help the turtles.
  • Very well organized displays. It is basically one large long hall with tables and volunteers giving a presentation at each table and then you go into a large room where the turtles are kept and you're introduced to each one with its history. Then that's it. I really liked it because each table or turtle you get one to one attention from the volunteers. Great for q and a's. It's basically a long line of small groups visiting each table and turtle. We went with three children ages 6-10 and they were enthralled and asked many questions.
  • What fun to learn about turtles and their needs. Then see the turtle hospital and hear the story of each turtle patient. They all get named. A lot of the staff are college aged interns. A wonderful organization to support. Gift shop is nice too. And you can adopt a turtle!
  • The Sea Turtle Hospital does amazing work on Topsail Island, it's entirely volunteer based on the whole island is dedicated to the saving and preserving of sea turtles. We visit every year and love seeing how the are helping and releasing new turtles. A must visit for the entire family!!

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