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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 68 things to do in Eureka Springs Features Animals
239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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When we first got there, the animals we could see were all sleeping. Fortunately, a small... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2016
Melissa G
via mobile
Can not see very many animals

Took the walking tour, about one half mile. The guide was very knowledgeable but everyone on our... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
Susan J
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"With over 130+ 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 compound 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 available and popular daily feeding times are 4 p.m. (winter) to 5 p.m. (summer). 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
+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

When we first got there, the animals we could see were all sleeping. Fortunately, a small thunderstorm rolled through and staff asked visitors to head indoors until lightning passed. By the time it passed, the walking tour, which lasts 45 mins-1hr, was ready to go....More

Thank Melissa G
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Took the walking tour, about one half mile. The guide was very knowledgeable but everyone on our tour was very disappointed because while we saw where the animals lived, we actually saw very few animals.More

Thank Susan J
scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2016

Susan, Thank you for coming to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. We are sorry that you did not see very many animals. When it is warm or the weather is bad the animals typically spend a lot of time in their dens. We do what...More

Reviewed 10 July 2016

Great experience, learn about each of the cats and how they came to be at their refuge. Turpentine Creek is doing great things under unfortunate circumstances. You can tell how much the keepers love these animals and genuinely care. Definitely worth the time and money...More

Thank Janelle A
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

We came here as a newly engaged couple and were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge of the staff, friendliness, and how we got as close as we wanted to be. We came in the middle of the day when it had been raining that morning...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 9 July 2016

They have two tours, a walking tour with a guide and a tram tour. We took the walking tour. It was overcast out, so some of the Cats were awake, but in the heat of summer, you may not see many if any at all....More

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing place to go. We are young couple but loved how they told each cats story while on the trolley ride. We plan another trip to visit this.

Thank Logan C
Reviewed 8 July 2016

$20 per adult at time of writing. We took the tour with the guide (that's included in that price, or you can go out on your own). Staff (guide) was honest, she told us up front that we might not see many of the animals...More

Thank Unkempt Q
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Not your typical zoo, as its best to wait for the guided tour to hear each animal's rescue story, learn more about how they treat the animals and ask questions. We went on a day after a morning rain and the weather was awesome for...More

Thank CarrieRose1975
Reviewed 8 July 2016

We visited here and did the entire tour which showed us so many rescued tigers, bears, and lions. Afterward we noticed an older lady talking to one of the tigers. She used to work there so she spent some time showing us the animals and...More

Thank Kortney H
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Very nice to see how they care for the health and welfare of the animals. I especially love the black bears.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
About how close do you get to the animals. We have been to another facility near Branson and you get as close as 3 feet from their big cats.
17 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.
When are you open for visitors?
14 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.
I saw the Hotel Impossible show featuring your beautiful cabins, tents, and other lodging options... I am wondering the price range a family of four with two children, ages ten and eight, could expect to pay for a weekend stay with you in the spring or fall months probably. Thank you so much for all you do for the rescued animals!
12 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.