The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center can be found on Topsail Island.
This is a hospital for sick and injured sea turtles, so don’t come expecting the turtles to be on exhibits like in an aquarium. However, you can really get a good up close look at the sea turtles.
The organization is run entirely by volunteers, so 100% of all donations go directly to the turtles that they treat. Even though there was a good size crowd they had volunteers every step of the way to provide a great learning experience. They explained that some turtles will be rehabbed and released, some will go to aquariums and some will be permanent residents of the hospital.
The tour was very informative and is interesting for both adults and children.