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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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The best family vacations ideas include things that the whole family enjoys.

What family doesn't love animals?

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains is a great travel destination to see some incredible animals.

We actually visited this attraction twice!

We went one day towards the end of the day. We visited the animals that were at the front of the property, and the best part is that we got to see them feed the animals.

What sort of animals do they have?

Lots of lions, tigers, and big cats.

Our favorite animal to see was a Coatamundi. I personally had never heard of this sort of animal. It was so cute! If you go, see if he is still there.

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A Coatamundi. Too cute!!


It was a lot of fun to watch the big cats being fed and I encourage you to time your visit for feeding time. The animals knew when dinner time was coming, and they sure did enjoy their supper.

We returned the next morning and took a tour of the property. This gave us a chance to see some of the animals in natural habitats that have been designed for them. One tiger was in the mood to play, and that was a lot of fun to watch.

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A tiger ready to play


We also got to see a coyote up close, as well as some magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Family vacations ideas should always include great views!

We were there as part of our summer family vacation during the last week of July and it was warm, so bring a bottle of water to enjoy during your visit (or buy one in the gift shop).

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Great views at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge


At the end of our tour, we had our photo made with one of the big cats. The photo was given to us after making a donation, which we were happy to do to support the animals at this sanctuary.

Looking for a place to stay?

Turpentine Creek even has lodging available!

To plan your visit, check out their website at www.turpentinecreek.org.




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