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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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Tigersandlionsandbears--oh my!!!

I have been going to Turpentine Creek for about 15 years or so and it just keeps getting better and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michele L
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Blue Springs, Missouri
Tigers, Lions and Bears(always sleeping)

Well last year was more fun because the white tiger ran along the fence line with my 32 year old... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mikeofokc
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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 4 weeks ago

I have been going to Turpentine Creek for about 15 years or so and it just keeps getting better and better! It's not like a zoo--the workers there are very knowledgeable about the animals and are more than happy to educate you. The enclosures for...More

Thank Michele L
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Michele, Thank you for your continued support, we are glad to have you as a loyal supporter. We hope you do get the chance to enjoy our lodging option soon. Thank you for coming to visit so often.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well last year was more fun because the white tiger ran along the fence line with my 32 year old son like either he was chasing a meal or playing. My grandson loved it. This year the Tiger was lazy. The bear still hasn't been...More

Thank Mikeofokc
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Mikeofokc, Thank you for coming to visit, bit cats are a lot like your house cat, they do what they want when they want. The best time to come is first thing during the day, the animals get enrichment are a little more active. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our 2nd stay in one of your Safari Lodges, and we had a wonderful, though brief, visit this November! Neither my husband nor I get around that easily these days, so we bypassed the historic downtown altogether this time. The guided tram tour...More

Thank scrib521
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Scrib, Thank you for visiting the refuge. We are glad that you enjoyed your second overnight visit to the refuge. We will take your recommendations into consideration for the seating arrangements. We hope you have an amazing holiday season and visit again soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

we went to Eureka on a spur the moment decision about a year ago and heard of this place, surprised to find out tickets were $20.00 we decided it'd be something we checked out 'next time'. Well a year later we took a week and...More

Thank Yaya T
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Yaya T, Thank you for coming back and making it a priority to visit us. We work hard to not only make sure our animals get the best lives possible in captivity, but also make sure our visitors enjoy their experience at the refuge. We...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lots of beautiful wild animals. They looked happy and well-fed. The facility was clean (didn't stink) and the staff was nice. Loved it!More

Thank lschultzzzzz
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ischultzzzzz, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the facility and found our facility clean (and smelling nice). We do our best to give the animals the best lives possible in captivity and make sure our facility is well kept....More

Reviewed 6 November 2017 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 4 weeks 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 5 November 2017 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 4 weeks 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 5 November 2017 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 4 weeks 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 3 November 2017

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 4 weeks 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 November 2017 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 3 November 2017

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.

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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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