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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 67 things to do in Eureka Springs Features Animals
239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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Absolutely the most wonderful place. The lodging is incredibly cool and the people are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
CarleyFamily
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Such an amazing experience

This is a one of a kind experience. These beautiful animals were rescued from people's homes and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kelley G
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"With over 100 exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the United States. The non-profit USDA licensed refuge, founded in 1992, has grown to become one of the Top 10 attractions in Arkansas and the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main enclosures and gift shop. Each animal has its own story/history plaque for self-guided tours and over night accommodations are available via the Safari Lodge, RV park, and camping facilities. Guided tours are available from 10am until 4pm (Summer) or 3pm (Winter). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely the most wonderful place. The lodging is incredibly cool and the people are extraordinarily superb. They give their lives to help these amazing animals be able to live out their lives in safety, knowing they will never go hungry again. And they try their...More

Thank CarleyFamily
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a one of a kind experience. These beautiful animals were rescued from people's homes and saved from side shows and circuses. You get to see these awesome tigers, lions, bears, and a cute monkey. They are so close to you. You will not...More

Thank Kelley G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We always love visiting our friends and the cats. Great cause and a caring staff that takes care of these animals with all their hearts.

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Although the walking tour is only a half mile you got gray views of all the big cats. You can ride an air conditioned bus for $5 a person and it was well worth it! The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The self guided area...More

Thank nickel1612
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our trip to the wildlife refuge today! The tour guide did an excellent job sharing information and stories about the animals. She was knowledgable and was open to questions. I felt good knowing about their accreditation, non-profit status and focus on proper...More

Thank Erica M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here while we were on vacation. We had a pretty big group (6 adults and 10 kids ranging 5-16) and everyone loved it. The tour was very educational and the staff is very knowledgeable. It was emotional listening to the history of all...More

Thank Becky K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful facility staffed by caring people. Our tour guide, an intern, was very knowledgeable about the animals and took questions throughout the tour. Most definitely did not expect to find an opportunity to view so many exotic animals in NW Arkansas. Would highly recommend....More

Thank bendupree00
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Bendupree, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that your boys enjoyed the refuge. It is a fun and educational way to spend a day. We hope you and your children get the chance to come back again and visit soon. Thank you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in Eureka and want to get quite close to some big cats, Turpentine Creek is a great place to visit. For a $20 donation to the refuge, you get quite an educational tour that discusses the impact of the exotic pet trade and...More

Thank LaceyCT
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Lacey, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you get the chance to come back and see the refuge again soon. Thank you for your support.

Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really neat to see places like this doing great things for these animals. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job of keeping us moving. I was disappointed that the path we took was at the bottom of the hill...More

Thank marshalljeff
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Marshalljeff, Thank you for coming to visit our facility. We are sorry that you didn't enjoy our refuge. We do our best to encourage the animals to use their full enclosures by placing benches and enrichment lower in the habitats but we never force our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals here seemed to act differently than ones you might see at a zoo. Very playful. More grateful perhaps. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the facility and animals. Keep up the good work!More

Thank monkeytrick72
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Monkeytrick, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. We do our best to provide all our animals with the best lives possible in captivity. You might be right, perhaps their 'before' is making them "live life to the...More

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VicCNJ
18 May 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
At our refuge, our safety fence is about 5 feet away from our habitat fencing. Depending on where in the habitat the animal is you could be as close as 5 feet away.
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kansastraveler2015
15 March 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
We are open every day of the year except for Christmas. Summer hours are 9am-6pm and winter hours are 9am-5pm. Summer and Winter hours follow daylight savings time.
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calliestapler
13 December 2016|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Great question! Currently the lodging is $175 per night and $20 extra per person. Check out our website for more information.
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