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Turtle Back Zoo

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Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: 973-731-5800
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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"A Great Little Zoo"

Turtle Back Zoo is a great little zoo. It seems that every time we go back there is a new exhibit. This zoo offers a little of everything: unique animals- red panda, gibbons... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Turtle Back Zoo is a great little zoo. It seems that every time we go back there is a new exhibit. This zoo offers a little of everything: unique animals- red panda, gibbons & kimono dragon etc, a cute little train ride, carousel and mini-golf. Very reasonably priced and spotless; a must for anyone with small children.

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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131 reviews 131 reviews
50 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We went for the treetop ropes course and zip line which I highly recommend for the more adventurous. The zoo was average with a collection of animals from different areas around the world. The animals looked as happy as they could be in a zoo, well-cared for and clean enclosures. The grounds were nice, some hilly spots to walk up... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This was the most horrifying zoo I've ever visited. The animals were kept in inhumane enclosures where they had no room to move around. The bobcat was circling its cage over and over as if it was losing its mind. Most of the other animals lay in their cages and were clearly lethargic and depressed. One of the penguins had... More 

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Stewart, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Love this historical zoo...went there back in the 60s & 70s...then later yrs and it's still so fun. A place adults can enjoy and bring out their inner child. LOL Highly recommend.

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Clifton, New Jersey, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Went to the zoo in February when there was still a lot of snow but it was a lot of fun. There were only a couple animals that werent out because of the cold and there weren't many people there so we were able to see everything really well and get a good view. We'll be going back in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I had a great time at The Turtle Back Zoo. The animals all looked well cared for and Happy. I cant wait to bring my grandson. The staff was also very friendly. The Zoo is also very close to The Hilton Short Hills were I was staying. Five Stars, Thanks again for a great time.

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maplewood
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We took two of our granddaughters to the zoo, and it was a great experience for all of us! There is sometihng for many age groups, particularly younger children, under 12 years old. The climbing up and down hills is a bit difficult if you are not a good walker. I would expect it could be a physical challenge for... More 

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Skillman, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We hadn't been to this zoo for several years since our kids grew up and we moved to Central a Jersey. It has been significantly improved with the addition of many exhibits and a train ride. The butterfly exhibit was the highlight.

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The best zoo that Essex County Tax payers could buy. If you live in the area is not to be missed. Check out the zip line and the petting area.

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We took the kids for the holiday lights and they had a great time. The animals were pretty active for night time. The zoo is just the right size for little ones. The lights were free but we bought cat food and treats as a donation. The zoo is great no matter the time of year but the lights were... More 

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