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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Pleasant and fun

A great place to spend a Saturday morning! Especially if you have small children! There is a touch fish tank. The children can also ride a pony and goat feed (Additional... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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West New York, New Jersey
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West New York, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A great place to spend a Saturday morning! Especially if you have small children! There is a touch fish tank. The children can also ride a pony and goat feed (Additional charge) There is a live music with children's songs.

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Wallkill, New York
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132 reviews 132 reviews
59 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

First of all, I must say it was a nice zoo for small children. Most of the animals appeared healthy and that's where the positives end. Despite the handicap accessible parking, if you have a disability, don't go to this zoo. With COPD/Emphysema, I almost passed out a couple of times. Most of the zoo is uphill and there are... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It used to be a nice zoo, then they got accredited and everything went downhill. Was there today and it's ridiculous how they nickel and dime you for everything. $2.75 for a water from the vending machines. The petting zoo is a joke because you pay $1 for a small handful of food for the animals. The aviary is a... More 

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Morris County, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Certainly this is a fair value and easy for most people in New Jersey to get to although it was not the middle of a hot summer day when the kids are out of school Roads in the area are heavily traveled. There is a very expensive cafe. I would recommend a family bring at least snacks and drinks. The... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is place is great for all ages. When I was home more with my second child (age 2) we would go all the time. We would pack a lunch and sit in one of their picnic areas after our tour. I highly recommend getting the year membership. We would go an hour and a half before closing time and... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This zoo is amazing. With the recent addition of the aquarium and the sea lion exhibit it's even better. Lots of animals to see and some of them you're allowed to touch and/or feed. Aside from the animals there is also a train ride into the reservation, a merry go round, pony rides, kids play area, and a cafeteria if... More 

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Stony Point, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very nice zoo facility catering to young children. Place is spotless - beautifully landscaped. Very friendly staff. Great for a day trip.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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119 reviews 119 reviews
8 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I went to the Turtleback Zoo for the first time today, even though I heard about it many years ago. I am a teacher and went here on a class trip with my 1st grade students. It is an somewhat easy zoo to get to if you live in the Central Jersey/Northern Jersey area. (However, we did hit a lot... More 

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Annandale, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If your looking for a good day out and are in the area this is a great afternoon. Not to much to gripe about only that parking can be an issue so I recommend you get there early. This is not a full day here but a great couple of hours.

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Phoenix
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166 reviews 166 reviews
28 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It was a beautiful day to see the animals. Took my mom and my sister here. Great wheelchair access but alot of very steep paths to go up and down, sometimes, dangerous, but we managed. Love the habitat's all the animals had; nice to get up close to see how beautiful these creatures are. They also had a baby porcupine... More 

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