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Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Irvington, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

New exhibits, clean, always fun; wear comfy shoes for the hilly terrain. Plenty of parking, access to public transportation

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A manageable zoo with young kids. The touch tank with the rays was a huge hit as were the pony rides.

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New Jersey
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141 reviews 141 reviews
96 attraction reviews
311 helpful votes 311 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We have been to the zoo in San Diego CA, so in comparison this is a very very very small zoo. BUT, our kids had a blast. In the aviary alone we must have spent 45 minutes to an hour. You can buy bird food on a stick at the entrance of the aviary for $2, and it is well... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Today was my second time taking my kids to this zoo. We went last year and loved it. It's a nice zoo for the price and it's the perfect size for small kids, not too much walking. Today, I went back with my extended family, a group of 4 adults and 4 kids. We got to the zoo and went... More

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Livingston, NJ
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102 reviews 102 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had been there many years ago and were pleasantly surprised about how many more animals they have now. The zoo itself has been transformed into a full day experience with the train and playground. Also nearby, there are pedal boats and a "Tree Top Adventure Course". If the zoo parking lot is full, they provide a shuttle from a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We have been going to this zoo for the past 2 years and my kids 10 and 3 enjoy it. Train ride is fantastic and within 2 hours you can see a variety of animals and complete petting and drive back home. Cafeteria does not have vegan options so am giving it only 4 stars. Otherwise it is a great... More

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North Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I've been going to TBZ since my kids were very little, they are now 18 & 14. The grounds are beautiful and very clean. We love all of the animals, especially the penguins! Great family fun, no matter what time of year it is.

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Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My three year old had a great time here, and so did Mom and Grammy!! A beautiful, well manicured zoo with lots of interesting animals. I gave it a four instead of a five only because the glass on some of the displays was so dirty that it was difficult to see inside.

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Summerfield, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been to this zoo numerous times with my daughters family. I never leave disappointed. This is a great small zoo. This past visit they were doing a lot of renovations and it was very hot. A lot of animal exhibits were not open, but the visit was still very fun. My daughter has an annual pass so the... More

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bermuda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A well laid out zoo with quite a few rare animals. The Zip lining facility next door looked like a lot of fun too. Its a very kid oriented place though so you can expect it to be busy and loud

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