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Inn of the Ozarks Eureka Springs, Arkansas 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas
Distance from hotel: 8.0 miles
Category: Family / Kids
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Explore Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

When you're a guest at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, you'll be six miles from this spectacular USDA-licensed Big Cat refuge. Discover rescued lions, tigers, cougars, and bears living in natural habits on the 459-acre refuge that boasts impressive views of the Ozark Mountains. Take the guided and self-guided tours, which will put you as close as ten feet of the animals. Stop by the Education Station with hands-on displays and have a family picnic at one of the tables or benches. 


Prices -

Adults (20+): $20; Youth (13-19): $15; Kids (4-12), Seniors & Veterans: $10; Kids 3 & under: Free.

Hours -

 The Refuge is open daily 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (April-October) and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (November-March). Closed Christmas Day.


  • Father's Day Membership Picnic
  • Eureka Springs Blues Festival
  • Keeper Talks


  • Animal Exhibits
  • Guided Tours
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Education Station
  • Gift Shop
  • Picnicking


  • What will I see on a guided tour?

    Guided tours, which take place daily every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will give you a chance to see the big cats in their natural habitat doing everything from running and playing to stalking. Led by a Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge biologist or zoologist intern, the tours cover such details as rescues and construction of the habitats.
  • Are there any kid-friendly activities?

    Education Station Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a great place for young ones to gain invaluable insights into the animal kingdom. The "Touch and Feel" center will allow them to get hands-on with cat fur, whiskers, and even toys. There's also a medical display where ailments are highlighted, like abscessed cougar teeth and ingrown lion claws.  

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