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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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+1 479-253-5841
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"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...

"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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We visit Turpentine Creek every time we stay in Eureka. It's one of the largest facilities of its kind (459 acres) open to the public anywhere in the world. Just 15 mins from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 May 2016
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Sherwood, Arkansas
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We visit Turpentine Creek every time we stay in Eureka. It's one of the largest facilities of its kind (459 acres) open to the public anywhere in the world. Just 15 mins from downtown. What a wonderful place to keep these glorious animals. $20 per adult is a steal. Price for kids depends on the age. Nice little gift shop... More 

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Amarillo, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Lions, tigers, and a bear! Oh my! A few minutes outside of town, this was definitely worth the short drive. All animals have been rescued and will live out their lives at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Take the trolley around the property to hear more about the cat's stories - beware some are heart-wrenching.

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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We almost went to the zoo, but decided to go here! So glad we did! The tour guide was fantastic, the walk was good, and animal's history was nice to know...

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We had a great time, guides were great. It was really really hot! You can't not give this place a great review for all the hard work they do to keep this animals alive.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

We are 50+ year old's that still love adventure so we stayed in the tree house for one night. What an experience! Hearing the cats at night was awesome. It was not what I expected. Very soothing not noisy! In the morning I went around with my camera and was able to capture the bears and cats living their lives... More 

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Yorkville, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful cause working hard to make a great refuge for their exotic wild animals. Unfortunately half of the animals were in their houses so we did not see a lot of the animals. The tour guides were stellar and very educational. However it was not worth the 1 hour 45 Minute drive from Branson just to do this.

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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Be sure to visit Turpentine Creek if you have children. This was so worth the extra drive time to visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Truly a refube - they rescue animals (mostly tigers) that are in bad situations. The tour is enlightening and the gift shop is great.

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Wolcottville, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

My family and I visited here for the first time over spring break. We enjoyed seeing the animals there,especially this grizzly bear named Bam Bam....he is so fun to watch and was very playful when we were there. We wanted to visit this sanctuary because they help save these animals that were in bad environments. They had a cute gift... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Don't miss visiting Turpentine Creek Refuge here in Eureka Springs during your visit to the Ozarks. This wonderful oasis for abused and neglected big cats and many other members of the wildlife community will not only be an enlightening and entertaining experience but educational, too. The animals live in an excellent environment and are cared for by compassionate, educated individuals... More 

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