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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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Great to finally visit

It's not a high end zoo, this is a refuge. However, the animals were beautiful! I've always loved... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
chasgrand
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Kansas City
via mobile
Love the Big Cats!

Awesome place! Love the cats and bears. Great gift shop!! Everyone working there is doing a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Susan C
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Seabrook
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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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  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's not a high end zoo, this is a refuge. However, the animals were beautiful! I've always loved big cats and there were several tigers. My wife fell in love with a bear named Bam Bam. We did not take the guided tour due to...More

Thank chasgrand
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

chasgrand, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and got a chance to know our local 'star' Bam Bam. We definitely are not a zoo, all of our animals are rescues and we build all our habitats. We don't have even a portion of...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Awesome place! Love the cats and bears. Great gift shop!! Everyone working there is doing a wonderful job in caring for the animals!More

Thank Susan C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Susan, We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. We have an amazing team that really love all of our animal residents. The gift shop is full of fun keepsakes for visitors. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon! Thank you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit TCWR EVERY time we come to Eureka Springs. Absolutely heartwarming to see animals who have come from bad circumstances now able to live out the rest of their lives in comfort. Educational as well.

Thank mhm2000
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

mhm2000, Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate you stopping in to visit so frequently. Everything is always changing here at TCWR. We hope you get the chance to come back soon and maybe stay overnight.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very helpful staff, animals are definitely well taken care of.The tour is very informative loved it. Love the caring and big cages.More

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

Theresa, Thank you for coming to visit. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon. We love our team, they are all amazing people who are passionate and knowledgable about what they do. We hope you get the chance to come back...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My children and I opted for the walking tour. You are given the option of paying $5 more per person to do a riding tour. I'm glad i didn't pay more money or else i would have been disappointed. Our tour guide was very infomative...More

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

Christina, We are sorry you didn't enjoy the facility. We never force our animals to be out of their night houses if they do not want to be. We provide every animal the ability to get out of the sun or out of the public...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent employees who are knowledgeable and care about animals and their cause. Would recommend the riding tour of the facility for the information you gain.More

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

Diana, Thank you for coming to visit. The Trolley tour is a great way to see the refuge without a lot of walking... and the A/C is great in the summer. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very well maintained sanctuary for these large animals that have been rescued from dangerous situations. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

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

Sandra, Thank you for your support and for visiting the refuge. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If possible make this stop first in the morning. The cats and bears were quit active when we joined the 2nd morning tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining the entire 45 minute tour. There's a self guided area to see also. They also...More

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

HunBabe, You are very accurate. The best times to come visit are first thing in the day and at the end of the day. First thing in the day we are letting the animals out into their habitats and also some animals get enrichment. This...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Would love to spend the night in one of their cabins or the glamping tent. Think I'll get a gift certificate for our grandson.

Thank jmd738
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Jmd, Wonderful, just give us a call when you decide to get a gift certificate. We only offer them in person or on the phone currently. We are glad that you enjoyed our refuge and hope you get the chance to come back soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place. They are doing a great job taking care of unwanted wild animals. We enjoyed our visit. Will come back and stay overnight with the grandkids. Just fyi...there is a note on the door that they will watch your pet while you tour the...More

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

Christy, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Turpentine Creek. Thank you for coming and exploring our refuge. Hope that you and your grandkids get the chance to come soon for an overnight visit, it really is an amazing experience. Thank you for...More

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VicCNJ
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.
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kansastraveler2015
When are you open for visitors?
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
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.
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