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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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We enjoyed the educational tour of Turpentine Creek big cats and bears. We were on the first tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rachel K
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Weekend stay with the big cats

We bid for and won a 2 night stay at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ( with a breakfast & tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
We-indulge
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Carlsbad, California
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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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  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the educational tour of Turpentine Creek big cats and bears. We were on the first tour of the day and had a small group. The young lady leading the tour was very knowledgeable and engaging. The money from the tour tickets and gift...More

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

Rachel, Thank you for coming to visit, we are glad that you enjoyed your trip. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon, thank you for your support.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We bid for and won a 2 night stay at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ( with a breakfast & tour with the Curator ) at an event earlier this year. We finally got to use our 2 nights ( we scheduled this weekend earlier). We...More

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

We-indulge, Thank you for helping us at ur event early this year! We are excited that you got the chance to come out and use your gift certificates. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and love our refuge. Thank you for your continued...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at turpentine creek in the Kalahari suite for 2 nights, the suites were beautiful and well maintained and also the outside fire pit and hot tub. The afternoons and nights are beautiful listening to the animals going wild with each other. The prices...More

Thank desparado89
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Desparado, We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to the refuge. Thank you for your kind words, we are glad that our passion to care for the animals shines through so much that our visitors see it. We hope you get the chance to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cost us $45- for that you can walk down the aisle between the cages & we paid the extra $5/person for a "tour" on a golf cart (.5 mile lap around the outside of the cages). They do have lots of tigers, ligers, bears,...More

Thank KCJ2012
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

KCJ, Thank you for coming to visit. We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your trip to the refuge. After reading your review I'm not sure what we could have done to make your trip better. The admission we charge covers the cost to care...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an AMAZING place!! We had an absolutely wonderful time. We took the walking tour and had a fantastic guide. The stories about the animals are heartbreaking. The work being done at Turpentine is very impressive. To see the animals in a much more...More

Thank Bill B
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am more impressed with Turpentine Creek every time I visit. They truly have the welfare of the animals as first. Seeing the animals on grassy enclosures enjoying their lives is wonderful. Yes, it would be better if they were in the wild but most...More

Thank r0nnie14
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ronnie, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you continue to enjoy the refuge. Our team is really passionate and full of amazing people. We are glad that their passion shines through to our visitors. We hope you get the chance to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to see and hear how the animals are being taken care of. Will definitely be making another trip to take our son!More

Thank etaknire
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Etaknire, Thank you for coming to visit, we look forward to your return with your son. Perhaps next time you will get the chance to stay in one of our lodging options. The kids really love it and it is a great way to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the second time I took my son here and he loves it. Its a very relaxed atmosphere and you get a great view of the animals.

Thank 753christiec
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

ChristieC, Thank you for your continued support. We are glad that you and your son enjoyed your visit to the refuge. We hope you get the chance to return again, and again. We are always changing and improving our refuge. Thank you again for visiting.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by here on our way from Little Rock to KS again to let everyone stretch their legs. Just visited a couple of years ago and was so impressed with this operation. Newest must see addition is Huggy Bear a Russian bear who seems to...More

Thank familytraveler082
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Familytraveler, We are glad that you got the chance to return. We are always working towards improving the lives of the animals in our care. Thank you for your continued support, we hope that your next visit isn't a few years down the line. Come...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect when we drove by the wildlife refuge. We returned the next day to check it out. For one thing, the people that work there are SO NICE. Second, these animals are rescues, they have never been in the wild...More

Thank OklahomaPrettyKitty
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are very glad that you gave our rescue a chance. We aren't sure what white liger you are talking about... if you are talking about the beautiful pure white female that lives with a big white tiger that would be Mama and she is...More

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Hk570
23 September 2017|
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Response from cmattull2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can see it all in one day. We got there about 3 in the afternoon. We took the walking tour, which is not that long, but the kids took time to watch all of the animals. We then went into town and had dinner and... More
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Hk570
23 September 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out. We typically recommend between 2 and 3 hours at our refuge. Although, we do have overnight lodging that is a whole different experience that can also be fun.
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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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