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Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great zoo for young children. It is not too big for or to small. I visited the zoo with my sons aged 4 and 6 and they had a great time. The zoo and the facilities were clean and everyone who worked there were very nice. In addition the pony rides and train ride around the zoo... More

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Butler, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I decided on a Saturday afternoon to try the Treetop Adventure Course at the Turtle Back Zoo. We signed up for the Adult Course and Ziplining. We were give our harnesses as well as helmets and an instructor took us to go over instructions. This process was actually quick and painless. We then were able to start... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is what I call "my old reliable" place to visit when I'm not sure what to do with the kids. Unlike most places that kill you with prices when you have little kids, this place is very reasonably priced and has so much to offer inside which you will NOT have to pay extra for. The train is not... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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35 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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