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Turtle Back Zoo

Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: 973-731-5800
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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West New York, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We took our 14 month old to the light show this year and he had a blast. He loves meeting life size Mr. Turtle as well as Randolph and Snowman. The lights were throughout the park so it gave us a chance to walk around the entire the zoo. Many areas were lit up so you can see the animals... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Lovely little zoo - cheap to get in and the animals seem happy ! The cafe isn't great, so worth bringing your own lunch. The train ride is fab - through the forest side... With a toot toot..

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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you live or work in NJ then you must go to the Turtleback Zoo. The zoo continues to add exhibits and improve its facilities. We love the penguins, sea lions, and especially the prairie dogs exhibit where you can look them eye to eye as the burrow around their dirt hills. In the summer, they hold talks and demos... More 

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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64 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We waited a long time in traffic just to get in off the street and thankfully us and one other vehicle were waived into the main lot which was great since a family member had 2 knee replacements in recent years. Most cars had to go in the parking garage closer to the road. We donated 5 cans of soup,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for something to do for my 4 year old and my 15 month old while staying with my in-laws in December. The boys clearly needed to get out of the house and move around so we thought the zoo would be perfect even though it was cold. We bundled them up, rented a " double stroller" more... More 

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Belleville, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This year's Holiday Lights display was very nice. They have expanded the event from previous years. The place was packed with visitors so I recommend getting there at the start of the event if you plan on going this year. A great event for groups of friends or family, especially if there are kids in your group. And don;t forget... More 

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New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I think we are really blessed to have such a nice children's zoo on our doorstep. It is definitely one of the nicest children's zoos I've visited. I'd definitely rate it higher than Central Park Zoo.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were a large group visiting the zoo. From the beginning, it seemed as if the zoo employees were out to get us. They accused us of throwing things at the animals, and were just generally rude. I would not recommend this zoo to anyone.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Lots of great animals, fun train ride and great people to help you with any questions. So much fun for the parents and kids!!

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

At first I was concerned that it was a relatively small zoo but once my family got there I realised there were plenty of animals to see. My kids loved it and the adults did as well. The zoo is clean and well maintained. There was lots to see and do and we ended the day with a train ride... More 

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