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Turtle Back Zoo

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The best zoo in NJ

My family and I have been to turtle back zoo multiple times for the last five years. I truly have... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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great day out at turtle back zoo

great zoo something for all ages love they have added some new exhibits we get the annual... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My family and I have been to turtle back zoo multiple times for the last five years. I truly have nothing but wonderful things to say. There is so much to see and do during your visit; a touch tank, indoor reptile room, pony rides,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Crys57
Reviewed 3 days ago

great zoo something for all ages love they have added some new exhibits we get the annual membership its worth it

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Denise B
Reviewed 4 days ago

I loved the open feeling of the exhibits and the cleanliness of the park too in addition I was surprised to see some of the animals on display

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AlFinNJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free parking and entry into the evening event. Food (fast food variety) was available with plenty of tables indoors. Outside was a s’mores station. Christmas music played around fantastically lighted walkways. A train ride, indoor carousel, sting ray petting station, seal water show, and Christmas...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you plan on going to the Christmas display go the last hour they are open .. after all the kids in strollers have left. It will Be less crowded and better parking options. If you go when it opens. Or an hour into the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

Hurry up and get to Turtle Back to have a spectacular evening with the whole family. The Xmas decorations are magnificent. They get better every year. Wonderful picture opportunities and a feel good night.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sunshine34500
Reviewed 4 December 2018

My first time at TBZ was waaaayyy back in 1963 when it opened, and visited many times during my childhood. I went to see the new flamingo exhibit, and dragged by husband, who had never been to the zoo (he was already a teenager by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DAKC
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

We were visiting family over Thanksgiving and wanted to visit the penguin exhibit, which opened this year. We went the Friday after Thanksgiving which was a very cold day. There were very few people, maybe they were shopping or it was too cold for them....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank karencA6053NC
Reviewed 14 November 2018

This Zoo has come a very long way. As a little girl when my siblings and I used to go there was barely any animals. Today it's absolutely amazing. I had my daughter birthday there years ago when she was in grade school. It was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank demacaluso1005
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Excellent zoo for the youngest ones. The atmosphere is just perfect, their Halloween time is great and keeps growing over time with new attractions. I am happy to live nearby.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank riodice
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13 November 2018|
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Response from Gunghodoc | Reviewed this property |
I don't know anything about renting the carousel I suggest you call the attraction to ask them directly.
26 May 2018|
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Im not 100 percent sure 🤔
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Response from 858maryi | Reviewed this property |
Many animals will be outside and not much area inside for visitors. Will be chilly, but if you don’t mind the cold, go and enjoy! You can easily cover everything in two hours.