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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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Great large cat and other wildlife rescue park

An established attraction in Eureka Springs, it has grown by leaps and bounds (pardon the pun... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2015
Bentonville, Arkansas
Great place for a family to go

Amazing view of animals. This was better than any zoo in terms of viewing the animals. They have... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2015
Brenna S
Fordyce, Arkansas
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

An established attraction in Eureka Springs, it has grown by leaps and bounds (pardon the pun) since it's inception. Good place with lots of education and caring people who have dedicated their life to taking care of a lot of large animals who wound up...More

Thank NWA007
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Amazing view of animals. This was better than any zoo in terms of viewing the animals. They have large habitats and are being taken care of very well.

Thank Brenna S
Reviewed 21 November 2015

They've really tried their best to make this place a sanctuary for these animals and not a zoo. They aren't all up close and personal, but most are a respected distance for viewing. The guided tour is really worth the time and helps you understand...More

Thank Sara W
Reviewed 15 November 2015

It was wonderful to know there is a place to help these animals survive and live the rest of their lives in peace and to be taken care of in a humane way.

Thank Lori E
Reviewed 15 November 2015

amazing place, great tours, plenty of animals all with a story. late afternoon is great to see feeding. Place is clean, tidy, staff friendly, awesome place for all ages

Thank Carmel G
Reviewed 14 November 2015

This is a wonderful refuge set back in the Ozark Mountains for large wild animals that happens to be open to the public. We visited here recently and truly enjoyed looking at and listening to all the animals. You can tour the habitats by walking...More

Thank Trave2leverywhere
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

After two previous trips I would tell people about this place "The Best Zoo!". "You see so many animals and up close.". I told my new wife it was the best thing we were going to do in Eureka. Notwithstanding the great service they provide...More

Thank robert w
Reviewed 14 November 2015

The only word we can find to describe T.C is AWESOME from the animals right down to the people who care for them. Every single person was so friendly and most important of all it is very obvious how much they care for these animals....More

Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 13 November 2015

This place is great! It allows animals that couldn't be cared for, that were abused, have disabilities (inbreeding, lack of care, etc.) and others a great place to live out their lives. They have high focus on safety. There's a seasonal tram for $5 per...More

Thank FromSea2ShiningC
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

Visited the animal sanctuary today & really enjoyed the time there... The animals are so beautiful & well taken care of.. the staff is friendly & incredibly knowledgeable about how each animal arrived there & on how each individual one needs to be cared for....More

Thank Heather J
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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.
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.
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.