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Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

April 16th, 2022

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeIf you like big cats and other beautiful animals, you’ll enjoy a visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Turpentine Creek has been rescuing exotic animals since the 1990’s. In fact, their 450+ acre refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in the country!

There is no denying that tigers, leopards, and other big cats are spectacularly beautiful. Unfortunately, the sad fact is that these animals make terrible house pets. Not only can they be dangerously aggressive but they also require very specific diets and large, open habitats to remain healthy.

More often than not, those trying to make a pet out of a big, exotic animal end up needing to find it a different home. This is where sanctuaries like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge come in.

Turpentine Creek is a non-profit organization that provides safe, healthy, life-long homes for these “unwanted” animals. and has been since the 1990’s. Over the years, Turpentine Creek has rescued numerous animals from life-threatening situations across the country. While some of these animals are homed elsewhere, most now live at the Turpentine Creek sanctuary.

Turpentine Creek is a true, non-profit animal sanctuary. They do not breed or sell animals, don’t sell animal parts, don’t allow hands-on interaction or cub petting, and don’t exhibit animals at shows. The refuge works hard to provides safe, healthy habitats for their animals and is accredited by the GFAS.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears: Oh, Wow!

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is located at 239 Turpentine Creek Lane in Eureka Springs, AR. This is just 15 minutes south of our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast, 5 OJo.

Turpentine Creek’s main claim to fame is rescuing big cats. Over the years, they’ve rescued tigers, lions, ligers, leopards, cougars, bobcats, and servals. Big cats are not all they rescue, however. In fact, you never know what you’ll see at the here. The 459 acre refuge is home to nearly 100 animals, including the occasional bear, coatimundi, hyena, macaw, and others.

Visitors to Turpentine Creek will enjoy a narrated, 45 minute, tram tour of the refuge. Your guide will tell you about the animals you see and their sometimes heartbreaking stories but don’t be sad. There is a happy ending: the animals ended up here!

After the tram tour, feel free to view some of the other, smaller animals in residence and visit the Turpentine Creek gift shop. Best of all, you can pay your entry fee knowing that the money goes towards helping to keep these beautiful animals healthy and happy.

30 Years of Rescuing Big Cats

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge celebrates their 30th anniversary in 2022 and you’re invited!

The festivities kick off with a Happy Hour at Eureka Springs Brewery on Friday, April 29th, at 4pm. Your ticket gets you 2 beers, a meal, and a chance to talk with refuge staff.

The next day, April 30th, 2022, sees 30th Anniversary festivities at the refuge. Vendors, magic, a live band, food trucks, and more. Support the refuge and have a lot of fun at the same time. Several ticket options are available.

Visit www.turpentinecreek.org for more information. You can also visit the refuge on Facebook.

Visit Eureka Springs’ Natural Springs

February 5th, 2022

Eureka Springs Natural Springs Basin Spring ParkEureka Springs is home to more than 60 springs, many of which played an important role in the city’s history. Tour of Eureka Springs’ natural springs to see some of the most beautiful and historic locations in the city.

Eureka Springs got its start in the late 1800’s as a Victorian spa village. People came from all over the country for the purported healing powers of Eureka Springs’ natural springs. In fact, before European settlers arrived, Native Americans did the same thing, and no wonder, with more than 60 natural springs to choose from.

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All Aboard the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway!

August 13th, 2021

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
Step back in time with a train ride aboard a vintage locomotive on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway! Enjoy a narrated rail excursions, a lunch trip, or the special dinner trip from the historic depot. And all just minutes from the front door of our Eureka Springs Inn!

There’s nothing quite like a ride aboard an antique locomotive.

While rail travel was once very common and mundane, today the experience is rare and unique. The chugging engine, the tug of the cars as they begin to move, the rhythmic clickety-clack of the rails. It’s like living history and an amusement ride all rolled up in one.

If this sounds fun to you, then you should definitely consider reserving a ride aboard the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

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Fly Into Fun on Ozark Mountain Ziplines

May 15th, 2021

Ozark Mountain ZiplinesTake your summer vacation to new heights with a zipline canopy tour in Eureka Springs’ with Ozark Mountain Ziplines!

If you’ve never ridden a zipline, it’s quite an experience. A little like flying, a little like an amusement ride, and a whole lot of exciting fun.

Ziplining is like flying in that you’re high above the ground and moving quickly with nothing around you but the treetops. It’s like an amusement ride in that it takes no effort or concentration on your part; just relax and enjoy the experience.

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Discover Cosmic Cavern – Guided Cave Tours and More

April 10th, 2021

Cosmic CavernArkansas is home to some of the best caves in the country and many are within easy reach of Eureka Springs. Cosmic Cavern is a great example, with interesting rock formations, two underground lakes, wild cave tours, and all less than 30 minutes away from 5 Ojo.

Cosmic Cavern is Arkansas’s largest privately owned show cave. The cave was discovered in 1845 but wasn’t developed as a show cave until 1927. As with virtually all Arkansas caves, Cosmic Cavern is a “living” karst cave.

Karst caves are created by natural erosion over thousands of years. Flowing water slowly eats away softer rock, like limestone, from harder, surrounding stone to leave an empty pocket. A “living” cave is one that is still forming through this process of flowing water and deposited minerals.

Cosmic Cavern is considered one of the top Show Caves in the United States and their cave tours are very popular.

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Fly Into History at The Aviation Cadet Museum

March 8th, 2021

Aviation Cadet Museum Navy T-34 MentorEureka Springs’ Aviation Cadet Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of America’s military flight training programs and cadets. The unique facility includes historical aircraft, flight simulators, military memorabilia, and much more.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps initiated the first Flying Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program, in 1907. The U.S. Air Force adopted the program in 1947 and similar programs based upon its blueprint continue to this very day.

Fans of history, flight, and the military will enjoy an opportunity to explore this mostly overlooked world at the Aviation Cadet Museum. The museum serves as a singular tribute to all aviation cadets and military pilots from World War I on.

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Step Into Time at The Eureka Springs Historical Museum

February 8th, 2021

The Eureka Springs Historical MuseumEureka Springs, AR has a rich and fascinating history filled with colorful characters and unusual events. Discover this for yourself with a visit to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

One visit to Eureka Springs’ downtown Historic District is all you really need to know there’s more than a little history in town. Downtown’s stunning collection of Victorian buildings make that readily apparent. Entrancing as it is, architecture is just one facet of Eureka Springs’ history. What else? Where to start?

Healing springs, Powell Clayton, The Artist’s Bridge, Myrtie Mae Barrett, Pond Mountain, and The Barefoot Ball. Eureka Springs transforming from a 10,000 person tent city into a Victorian Health Spa community with 54 luxury hotels.

These are just a few of the unique people, places, and things that are part of our unlikely Arkansas town’s storied history. Learn about them all and much more at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

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Discover Roaring River State Park

January 11th, 2021

Roaring River State Park Dam and Spillway

“Roaring River State Park Dam and Spillway” by Keith Snyder is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Roaring River State Park is one of Missouri’s most unique and popular state parks – and is only a little over a half hour’s drive from our Eureka Springs inn, 5 Ojo!

Eureka Springs offers so many fun things to do and see that you really don’t have to leave town to stay entertained. Our historic downtown is well worth your time and loaded with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Then there are attractions like Basin Spring Park, Christ of the Ozarks, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Onyx Cave, Thorncrown Chapel, and so much more.

Explore beyond Eureka Springs’ borders, however, and discover that the entire region has a lot to offer. Roaring River State Park is an excellent example.

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Explore Pea Ridge National Military Park

December 12th, 2020

Pea Ridge National Military ParkIf you’re a fan of Civil War history, you do not want to miss a chance to visit Pea Ridge National Military Park. Pea Ridge preserves one of our country’s most intact Civil War battlefields and is only a little over a half hour’s drive from our Eureka Springs inn.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is located off Hwy 62, just north of Rogers, AR. The 4,300-acre park features two historic battlefields, a visitor’s center, bookstore, museum, a section of the Trail of Tears, hiking trails, and more.

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Belle of the Ozarks – Beaver Lake Boat Cruises

September 6th, 2020

Tour Beaver Lake on Belle of the Ozarks

“Beaver Lake” by Doug Wertman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Beaver Lake is one of Arkansas’ most popular outdoor destinations with boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, cave tours, and more on the menu. The real star, however, is the picturesque location, and cruises aboard Belle of the Ozarks is one of the best ways to see it.

Beaver Lake came into being in the early 1960’s when a dam constructed across the White River. The surrounding shoreline includes towering limestone bluffs, fascinating natural caves and crevices, a wide variety of trees, flowering shrubs, and plenty of wildlife.

With 487 miles of shoreline to explore, one of the most popular ways to take it all in is on a Belle of the Ozarks Beaver Lake cruise!

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