Karen Beasly Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Animal Shelter, Veterinarian, and Aquarium
822 Carolina Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445, United States

A sea turtle hospital, rescue and rehabilitation center dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick and injured sea turtles. Tours are available June – August, from 2:00pm–4:00pm. We have lots of turtle items in the gift shop that are sure to delight you.


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  • Julie P.

    Bring an umbrella and some sunscreen. Lines are long but a great organization

    Julie Putz · July 24, 2012
  • The News & Observer

    There is no admission, but donations are accepted. It is not uncommon for there to be around 700 people or more who go through the tour in just two hours. Read more

    The News & Observer · July 19, 2012
  • Peter L.

    Only open from 2-4p a couple of days a week. Get there at least 20-30 minutes before it opens.

    Peter Lisanti · August 24, 2011
  • kim w.

    A little wait,but worth it. No admission, but operates on donations. Our group of ten (all ages) enjoyed it. Friendly staff are all volunteers-they told us about the diff. turtles and answered q's.

    kim wright · June 28, 2011
  • Doug W.

    Long lines on Thursdays; try earlier in the week for better luck Read more

    Doug Warner · August 22, 2011
  • Todd A.

    Def worth the wait. Donation funded and volunteer staff runs a very overcrowded facility, but new building open in August of 2011

    Todd Aldridge · June 15, 2011
  • Amy

    Show up before it opens

    Amy · August 16, 2010
  • John D.

    The new location on the mainland in Surf City isn't open to visitors yet, but the gift shop is. & all proceeds go to helping the turtles!

    John Dervin · August 19, 2013
  • Town of Surf City (North Carolina)

    This will be openingin a new location in Surf City for the 2013 season.

  • Korin P.

    Long wait, pretty good tour, but it will be better once they get into their new, much BIGGER, facility.

    Korin Paige · June 23, 2012
  • Michael G.

    Got here 1:55 and the line was very long already.

    Michael Gargiullo · August 20, 2011

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