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Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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North Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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12 reviews 12 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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West Caldwell, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I grew up at the Turtle Back Zoo -- took my 31 year old son there for his whole childhood -- and for some years we lived almost across the street. I was so happy to see that the Essex County companies participated in a major upgrade -- of course this was a while ago......but I am just so happy... More

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We live locally and had not yet tried the adventure course. My kids (11 and 13) had done the junior course but we set out as a family to do the adult course and zip line. There is gratification In the fun but truly it was watching my kids dig really deep to go through this challenging course. They (and... More

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Central New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We took our 5 year old grandson to the Turtle Back Zoo, and both he and we enjoyed the visit. This is the perfect place for kids to run around: small enough for them to run free, big enough that they're not bored. Plan a 3 to 4 hour adventure to keep kids interested. My grandson's favorite was the petting... More

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New Hope, PA
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Took my kids ages 11 & 9 to the Turtle Back Zoo we go every summer to feed the birds and check out the animals it is a lovely little zoo. This year we added the Junior Tree Top Adventure and I have to say it was awesome! IMO it had the right balance of challenge and ease. When everyone... More

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

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Somerville, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 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

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