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“What an experience! Camping with the cats.”

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Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging
Certificate of Excellence
St. Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“What an experience! Camping with the cats.”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

6 RV sites and some tenting sites. What an experience! We camped next to the cages of tigers, heard the roar of lions as we laid in our beds. The staff here is wonderful and informative, the refuge is an amazing experience. I wish we would have stayed two nights instead of one. I have to thank the federal government for this stay because due to the shutdown we had to change our plans last minute and Turpentine Creek was our overnight choice. We will be back because I would have liked to have watched the cats longer and taken the tour.

Room Tip: Site 1 is next to the tiger cage.
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed in the tree house on our last visit, but it was cramped and the sleeper sofa was very uncomfortable (that was two years ago and the "bed" may have been upgraded since then). We opted for the Congo Safari Lodge this visit and truly enjoyed it. The bed was comfortable, it was roomy, air conditioned, fireplace, cooling fan refrigerator...basically anything we needed. The covered deck was roomy with nice views. We particularly enjoyed the common area with the propane fire pit and it provided the opportunity to meet and visit with other guests. We made the short walk for feeding time and there is nothing like it. When the sun went down, sitting around the fire pit, the lion roars were frequent reminders that of where we were. We recommend it all of our friends. NOTE: This would have been an easy 5, but it did not appear that the pillow cases had been changed (as in hair). We mentioned it to one of the interns (the interns are awesome!) and she provided new ones within minutes.

It is an experience you will not soon forget!

Room Tip: While the Tree House is located next to a number of animals, the Safari Lodges provide much better a...
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We loved our stay here, great experience with the beautiful surroundings, animals roaring into the night, unique rooms with gorgeous artwork and decor, plus we got to go into the park whenever we wanted (during operating hours of course) so we saw the evening feeding and also visited in the morning when most of the animals were awake and talkative. We are definitely planning to return.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Okavango and would choose that one again. The view from the room to our left (west...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denton, TX
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

I stayed in the Bengal (or the other side) Suit with my granddaughter and her five-year-old son, and we all loved it. The rooms were very nice, pictures of the animals lovely, and it was an unforgettable experience to sleep with a tiger in our front yard and to hear the lions, tigers and other sounds of the refuge all night. The couch was a little hard for a second bed, but it was ok. There were more extras than I expected, such as the microwave, tv, and refrigerator. To sum it up, we had a marvelous stay and expect to spend the night at Turpentine Creek again. I also was so impressed with the entire refuge, its rescue of so many animals, and the people who care for them.

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Joplin, Missouri
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We loved our stay at Turpentine Creek. The Safari rooms are so unique, clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed and more. Very comfortable bed, snacks in the frig, cool decor and wild deer in our back yard. We had a very enjoyable stay, plus all the tigers and other animals we could visit. Turpentine Creek does an excellent job.

Room Tip: The Safari rooms have the hot tub available.
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Aurora, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I changed our vacation plans so we could spend 2 nights in the Bengal Suite. It was worth every penny. The suite was great for 2 people and included a shower and a tub. We left the windows open at night so we could hear the lions -- I have never experienced anything like it. The animals are well cared for and the staff is helpful and willing to share their love of what they are doing. This isn't a luxury hotel but the suite was quite comfortable. The reason to stay here is the opportunity to be close to the animals and to watch them, listening at night to the sounds from all around. We were right next to a coyote and a tiger. We plan to go back so we can see Bam Bam's new home -- he's a bear. If you love animals, stay here!

Room Tip: We loved the Bengal Suite. We were next to a coyote and a tiger. It was fun to watch the staff arri...
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

My wife and I chose Turpentine Creek as lodging for our honeymoon because we are both animal lovers and wanted a unique experience. We certainly got one with the beautiful creatures and friendly, intelligent staff! The experiences, such as waking up to the sound of tigers roaring right outside our window, or having a picnic breakfast in front of two gorgeous lions, trump any luxury we would have found at a fancy hotel or resort.

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Property: Turpentine Creek Overnight Lodging
Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
Location: United States > Arkansas > Eureka Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Eureka Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a walk through facility is open at 9:00 AM every day of the year (except Christmas Day). We now have twenty-seven natural habitat areas, where our 6 black bears and many of our cats can run and play on the grass and under the trees; this is our ultimate goal for all of our Big Cats. All of our cats are beautiful, special and loved very much. Each one has his/her own story to tell and you are sure to find a favorite or two among them. Our prices: Adults - $15.00. Children 4-12, seniors 65 and over, and veterans - $10.00. Children 3 and under admitted free of charge. Our group rates are: Bus Drivers and Guides are always free. Groups of 6-10 / $1.00 off each admission; groups of 11-20 / $2.00 off each admission; groups 21-30 / $3.00 off each admission; groups over 30 / $4.00 off each admission. Your admission is good for all day, and includes a walking tour of our newly opened natural habitat areas as well as a self-guided tour of the cats in our main compound. The time you spend in the main compound can vary from 10 minutes to over an hour, depending upon how much time you spend in front of one cage or another. The walking tour of the habitat areas is about a 30 minute guided tour and they are scheduled every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The self-guided portion is all walking, but there are benches throughout to rest. We do have a wheel chair to borrow if needed. The guided tour is also walking, unless special assistance is needed and we can accommodate people with a riding tour on our cart (which carries five maximum). For large groups we will be happy to put one of our staff on your bus to give you a guided tour of the large habitat areas upon special request. Most of our staff are Biologists or Zoologists that come from all over the world to learn how to work with the Big Cats. Our tree house bungalow rents for $150/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 5 or older. It sleeps two on a "clicker sofa" downstairs, and it has two twin beds tucked under the eaves in the loft. Generally, it is comfortable for 2 adults and 2 children. Although small, it also has full kitchen facilities, a wrap-around deck and is quiet and secluded. The cats are located only a few yards away in some of the larger enclosures. Children under 5 years old are not allowed in Tree House due to TCWR's safety policy. Our two Bed & Big Cat suites can accommodate up to four people, with a queen size bed and fold-down clicker couch. Price is$150.00/night for two, $15.00 extra for each additional person 3 or older. Babies are welcome at no additional charge. Both rooms have cats right outside the window, and are open year-round. The Safari Guest Lodge (adults only) is now taking reservations to complete your adventure at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Each Room is designed for 2 adults and rents for $150.00 per night. Overlooking the sprawling Eureka Springs Valley, with beautiful sunrises and magnificent sunsets and the caroling of the Big Cats. There are five unique cabins. Rent one or all five units if available. They are perfect to accommodate small groups if you choose to spend time with friends, family, small business retreats, workshops and wedding parties. Each room has an exceptional personality, along with snugly spa robes, luxurious bedding and linens, coffees and coffee pots, continental breakfast, color TV / DVD player, refrigerators and microwaves and clock radios. For rainy days or after hours, the rooms also have their own collection of favorite games and books. Cast iron fireplaces and air conditioning keeps you comfortable during the changing seasons too. Each room is also furnished with African Drums for those who care to start a drumming! Along with the spacious hot tub, the units share a 40' Octagonal Deck, complete with a charming covered Gazebo and Fire Pit. Tables and chairs surround the area for comfortable relaxing or light dining. These units are intended for adults only due to TCWR's safety policy. The price of your overnight visit includes unlimited access to our main compound during daylight hours for the length of your stay. We also have a small RV Park that can accommodate up to 7 recreational vehicles. Rates are $25.00/night plus regular admission to the Refuge on a daily basis. Or, a Family Membership may be purchased for $50.00, allowing unlimited visits to the Refuge throughout the year. ... more   less 
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