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Turtle Back Zoo

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560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
+1 973-731-5800
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Terrific half-day for families and young animal lovers

This small zoo just keeps getting better every year! You can walk the whole place in about 3 or 4... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
twinglezmama
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Livingston, New Jersey
Short summer trip.

I guess it was a little too hot the day we went, my son wasn't much interested in seeing any... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dawnm515
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Kenilworth, New Jersey
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good35%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (104 reviews)
“touch tank” (40 reviews)
“sea lions” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 15:30
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560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
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+1 973-731-5800
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small zoo just keeps getting better every year! You can walk the whole place in about 3 or 4 hours and have time to ride the train (free) and carousel (extra charge) for a break from walking mostly uphill. There is something for everyone...More

Thank twinglezmama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess it was a little too hot the day we went, my son wasn't much interested in seeing any animals. He did enjoy the penguins.

Thank dawnm515
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice zoo with plenty to see. Bring the whole family for a good time. Ride the train the kids love it. Very clean.

Thank SoilDoctor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time to Turtle Back Zoo, last time we were there was about 4 years ago and it has expanded. Loved the area with the lions as well as the Sea Lions and Turtle area.. plenty of parking and a clean zoo. The train ride...More

Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lived in the area for almost 60 years and this is the first time here.What a hidden little gem tucked away in the South Mountain Recreation Complex.Admisdion only $15,a nice size spent about 3-4 leisurely paced hours.It's not San Diego or Philly or the Bronx...More

Thank tojo72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turtle Back Zoo at West Orange, NJ is a phenomenal venue. The last time we visited this zoo was back in the early 1990’s. Our next visit was on 8/22/17 and we were absolutely amazed – so much so that I went twice – once...More

Thank LapSwimmer2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Doable with 2 kids in stroller (ages 2,4). Uphill pushing/walking a lot. Lots of animals to see - seems like they're constantly exploring. Not nice that certain exhibits are not included with admission (butterfly). Nice that you can bring snacks/food in and there are places...More

1  Thank melissa l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Little did I know this little zoo would be so exciting! It is relatively inexpensive and parking is free. The complex offers a great deal of attractions, zip lining, golfing, shopping and dining. The children were amazed at the animals and they especially liked the...More

Thank YLR59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are an adult who loves animals, you will like the zoo as much as the children. Even though its a small zoo there are a good amount of animals to see; even some which I did not think I would see in a...More

Thank Alvin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Turtle Back Zoo is a wonderful place to take young children. The attractions are near each other so the children don't get tired walking around. On hot days there are misting stations that the children love to run through. Lots of animals are very close...More

Thank lindabeth27
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Brenda L
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If you mean AAA for a discount I did not ask and do not know.Why don't you call them?
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Adults - 13+ $15.00 Child(2-12) - $12.00 Senior(62+ ) -$12.00 Baby-2 - free Hope this helps :)
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