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Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Williamsburg, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great zoo for young children and short trips out with the family. The size is manageable for strollers, wheelchairs, or anyone who doesn't want to spend all day walking. They have great play areas for little kids and offer ample picnic areas for lunch breaks, even with large groups. A great day with the little ones!

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I was almost going to call this review the “Little Zoo That Could” but Turtle Back is really not all that little, and it’s such a great place to experience that I would say it stands up there with other, bigger area zoos. Besides which it seems that the Essex County Parks Department is really building up this complex into... More

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Verona, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Treetop Adventure Course is adjacent to the zoo and is also part of the Essex County Park System - - it should have its own TA page. Treetop shares a parking lot with the zoo but admission to the venues are separate and parking is free for both. The course has two sections for those who want adventure and... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited on a blustery day in spring and for some reason, unfortunately, a lot of the animals were MIA. Still, I could see the zoo has a lot of potential, especially for families with young kids. And as far as I was concerned the visit was worth it to see two wolves up close and personal as they closely... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Perfect size zoo. Not to big not too small. Great for kids of all ages. Animals look well cared for. Grounds are kept very neat and clean. Carousel and choo choo train and pony rides were so much fun and my daughter had a blast. Def will be back!

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Nutley, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Although it is much smaller than most zoos, Turtle Back offers a totally unique and fun experience for adults and children of all ages. This place has undergone some major renovations throughout the years, and has become an iconic landmark in the state. Growing larger and larger each year, this place has the potential to be one of the top... More

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New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This zoo was perfect for families. There is plenty to do and you can see everything within 3 hours. There is a train which you can ride for free. There are extra charges for feeding birds, feeding farm animals, riding ponies, riding the carousel, and looking at butterflies. We paid for feeding the animals and the carousel which was worth... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This zoo is smaller than other zoos but has a good collection of North American animals. They don't have african or asian animals but the zoo is comfortably laid for easy walk and view. The section where kids could touch the rays are the most popular. There is a small train ride which is included in the ticket price. Nothing... More

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Was here again on a school trip with my 5 yr old son and kids had a great time..they have add some things like a a prehistoric playground area and a boardwalk picnic area where u can bring your own food and they also have a area to eat down by the carousel where u can buy food with a... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband went to this zoo as a kid (he is in his 40s) and said it has had a total overhaul. It was a great place to spend a few hours with our 2 yr old. It is plenty big to take your time and just small enough to only stay for a few hours if a little one... More

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