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Turtle Back Zoo

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Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
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+1 973-731-5800
10:00 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 15:30

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Best zoo in the Essex/Morris county, great for family fun

Turtle back zoo is a great place for kids, big or small. It is conveniently located in Essex county, not too far away for other neighboring counties such as Morris. Also there is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
East Hanover, New Jersey
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East Hanover, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Turtle back zoo is a great place for kids, big or small. It is conveniently located in Essex county, not too far away for other neighboring counties such as Morris. Also there is a big pond outside the zoo that you can walk or run.

Thank robertwan94
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49 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been to this park over the years...first, just the zoo and choo choo train. Then, improved parking. Later, carousel and water squirts for hot days. Now, zip-lining. This park continues to improve, ahead of the curve. Great job attracting new families!

Thank Emma A
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is a must see. It has a good variety of animals in a clean humane setting. It is not a large zoo but it is still worth seeing. Nice for children and adults.

Thank 702royc
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to bring kids, friends, and family! A fun place to go on a summer day. I highly recommend this zoo!

Thank Beth G
Fords, New Jersey
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was out to this wonderful town and the Zoo caught my attention. Though it is a small Zoo, it does pack quite a punch with its great staff and cleanliness. The animals for the most part were of concern to me as they did not seem to active or maybe it was that we were out on the wrong... More 

Thank Daniel P
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are season pass holders. The zoo is small enough that little children can walk it and there are a lot of fun activities surrounding the zoo including but not limited to: A pirate playground with mushroom picnic tables, miniature golf, swan peddle boats, etc.

Thank Ashley R
West Orange, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Turtle Back Zoo has made amazing upgrades in the last few years. What I love the best is its size-not too big-not too small, but just perfect. I have a family of 6 and live in town so the yearly pass is the way to go for us. I have teenagers, a tween and a 2 year old. All of... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of the animals seemed pretty lonely and sad. There was one solitary penguin and the fox agitated and pacing in his little enclosure. Not all of the exhibits were so depressing, but why so many single animals?

Thank ImaLilTpot
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Turtle Back Zoo is one of those little secrets that should be shared. It is FANTASTIC for everyone, but mostly families with children under 10. Easy to meander through, plenty of animals, activities, and out door fun. Nestled in West Orange, New Jersey - a community oriented town with an expanding downtown, teriffic schools, loads of outdoor hiking trails and... More 

Thank Willow D
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a three-generation family group to this zoo, and everyone enjoyed it. It's configured well, has a wide variety of creatures, plus you get some exercise as it's a little "hilly." Because it also has a ropes course (for a fee), there's additional entertainment watching people navigate the course high above you.The food was good but expensive - par... More 

Thank Dianna W

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