Trip Planner: USA / North Carolina / North Carolina Coast / Topsail Island / Surf City / Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
A volunteer run hospital for sick and injured sea turtles off Charlie Medlan Drive in Surf City, North Carolina. No tours until further notice (likely Apr)Plan to visit Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Surf City attractions using our Surf City trip itinerary planning website .
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Reviews
Absolutely a must do. It was educational besides be able to see the turtles themselves and learn how they take care of them. Great for both young & old alike. All proceeds from gift shop go to the tur... more »
O.K. - so I must admit I love all things about the sea and visit aquariums and such any chance I can -- and I especailly love sea turtles -- so perhaps I am biased. However, this was a really great ex... more »
Such a beautiful facility. Sea turtles are right up there for my favorite animals of all time, and it was such a cool experience to see some up close. It's also neat that the majority of people working there are actually volunteers, so they are really passionate about coastal/ocean biodiversity, preservation, and the sea turtles' well-being. This also makes it an enjoyable experience chatting with them and learning how we can help the environment in small ways every day. They also had a lot of student interns there that were equally ecstatic to talk about sea turtles and the wonderful work the facility is doing to save them. Since it is a small facility, you can easily visit it in about an hour or less, which can be much easier than say, visiting the Fort Fisher Aquarium if you're trying to see and do a lot during a beach trip.
Went here for our love of sea turtles. Was hoping that we could catch setting them hatch but I think we were too early, unfortunately. This site had a really cool presentation, got to see some of the turtles they were helping out in sick bay. All of us were adults going, but this was a great place for kids to go and learn about them, and what they could do to help their environment (reduce plastics!!) Even got to "adopt"/sponsor a turtle (his name was Canal). So glad we visited!
Plan your trip to Surf City
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Surf City
Hidden gems in Surf City
Nearby attractions in Surf City
Kid-friendly things to do in Surf City
Shopping in Surf City
Plans to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center by other users
18 days in Wilmington BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 40 days in Wilmington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 49 days in Jacksonville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Surf City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium