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Turtle Back Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 15:30
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I love Giraffes

I will start by saying I don’t frequent zoos often. I live over an hour from this zoo but would... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Diane H
via mobile
Great value, a lot of fun for the kids

We used to live in West Orange and this zoo was a great way to pass the time on the weekend when... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Oren S
West Orange, New Jersey, United States
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560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I will start by saying I don’t frequent zoos often. I live over an hour from this zoo but would gladly drive anytime to get here. Zoo is clean and nice walking paths. Parking is free! Giraffe feeding time is awesome! Pay $3 and have...More

Thank Diane H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We used to live in West Orange and this zoo was a great way to pass the time on the weekend when the kids are restless. Might not be the best option when it’s raining but the place has grown in the last couple of...More

Thank Oren S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a smaller zoo but just the right size. All exhibits are really well done with a wide variety of animals to view. A real fun day for everyone and very little walking for the kids.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was some construction going on . It's a great place for kids a few issues the staff riding on the golf carts get to close to families and aren't that careful there was a family with small children was walking slow and the staff...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my favorite zoo in the area. They've got nearly every animal you could want to see and the zoo is laid out well. The exhibits allow you to get up close and personal with animals you'd never want to get up close and...More

Thank Craig C
Reviewed 9 September 2018

A great zoo with lots of things to see and do. The train-ride was awesome as was the place where kids could feed the birds and the butterfly area. We will be back !

Reviewed 8 September 2018

We love the Turtle Back Zoo. We've been going for over 15 years and it is unbelievable the changes they have made over the years. We recently went and the kids had a great time watching the giraffes and petting the sting rays. Can't wait...More

Thank DDM99
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

We finally got to the Turtle Back Zoo & has a good 3 hour visit. The cafe entrance is closed for renovations so a short walk to the Educational Center entrance is needed. We enjoyed seeing the animals and they look well cared for.

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 3 September 2018

We hadn't been to the Turtle Back Zoo since I daughter was about 10, and she leaves this week for college. We loved it then as a small, local zoo, but my goodness, how it has grown! It still has a local flavor, but there...More

Thank NJtravelrabbit
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I have been going to Turtle Back Zoo for many years, first with my children and now with my grandchildren, and I believe it is just getting better every year. When the Giraffe enclosure opened I was thrilled but this year! The Penguins! The exhibit...More

Thank Randie A
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Response from guti023 | Reviewed this property |
Im not 100 percent sure 🤔
Marie C
25 January 2018|
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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.
Melissa S
12 October 2017|
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Response from Chuck419 | Reviewed this property |
The number of turtles varies by the need ... there are no permanent residents. The last time I visited, there were around six, give or take a turtle or two. One caveat as well ... the turtles are part of a recovery... More