We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
98 visitor photos
Write a Review

230 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    123
    90
    12
    1
    4
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Bayonne, New Jersey
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I liked this zoo alot because it was small and easy to navigate. Some areas are narrow, so our big double stroller was a hassle at times. There is also older kid fun, ziplining and tree top climbing. Petting zoo. Next door is a mini golf course and a restaurant on the lake with a beautiful view. The zoo itself... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Somerville, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful zoo! Have not been in about 20 years, wow how it has changed. This is really a top notch zoo, excellent variety of animals, great viewing spaces. Nice and spread out, did not feel crowded and we were there on a sunday afternoon. Lots of hills and its sunny, so wear your good walking shoes and bring... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montclair, NJ
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This zoo has been improved so much recently. The carousel and improved eating area is great. The animal pens are clean and the layout is manageable. My kids still like the petting zoo area and pony rides. It is best to get there early in the day so you can catch some of the feedings. Pick up a schedule of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised and the kiddies enjoyed themselves too! There is a large complex as you enter the free parking lots, it can be a little overwhelming but right up in front near the street, is the entrance to the Zoo and the ticket office, an ice skating facility is across the parking lot, a miniature golf course, a restaurant... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Jersey
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Wonderful place to go and stroll about. Well done and organized. Good for both adults and children. Especially young children. Can't say enough about the job that they have done in the last ten years. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
NJ
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our g-kids loved it. Small, but loaded with unique fun for them. Everything on a smaller scale than the Major Zoos around the country. Be aware, grandparents, that there is a major vertical challenge in that the place is on the side of a mountain and getting from here to there is really a challenge if you are out of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden State
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We attended today with grand daughter. I was impressed with the overall design, landscaping and condition of the animals. However, things were not working so well with the rest rooms. Either they were closed (locked) or they were in poor condition, several devoid of hand cleaner. This needs correction immediately.

Was this review helpful? Yes
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This zoo is nicely designed. The layout makes it easy for little ones to explore the exhibits without walking miles! They have a cute playground area, a carousel, petting zoo, a seasonal butterfly exhibit and a stingray touch tank in addition to bears, wolves, seals, leopards and penguins to name a few. My 4 year old loved the train ride... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Jersey
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Awesome adventure & awesome workout after all! Great way to test your strength, balance, concentration, determination and face any fears! Especially of height! Two courses, 15 obstacles each course, 30 obstacles in total to accomplish before the reward, the Zipline!! Fun, fun, fun with family/friends. There was 9 adults, $30 each person for the Course/Zipline (which is worth it!) Took... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

I couldn't believe how small the animal inclosures were. We live in cape may.and our free zoo has more animals and they have 100x more room to roam

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Turtle Back Zoo also viewed

 

Been to Turtle Back Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Turtle Back Zoo, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing