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“One of the best zoos you will ever see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cape May County Park & Zoo

Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 Route 9 North, P.O. Box 864, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
+1 609-465-5271
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Type: Playgrounds, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Have a wild time as you explore more than 85 acres of beautifully maintained exhibits. With 100 different species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and approximately 200 animals, you're sure to see something new. The Cape May County Zoo is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas). Summer Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Beginning November 1st No admission fee. That's right! The zoo is free of charge! Donations are GREATLY appreciated! Join the FUN, where the admission is always FREE!
Central Islip, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“One of the best zoos you will ever see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

As a New Yorker, I have been to the Bronx Zoo several times and although it is much bigger with more attractions and animals, it has nothing on the Cape May County Park & Zoo! This zoo can easily be seen in about 3 hours where as the Bronx Zoo cannot possibly be seen in a full day! As an animal lover, I really like how the animals have a lot of room to roam which more closely mimics their natural habitat. It is also very clean, well maintained and it appears that the animals are all taken taken care of properly. Their policy of not allowing you to bring any food into the zoo shows that they are truly concerned about the animals welfare. Other zoo's should follow their example and model theirs based on this design & plan. Since the zoo charges no admission, I was more than happy to provide a voluntary donation for the upkeep of this wonderful zoo. This is a must see attraction if you plan to be in the Cape May area!

Visited August 2011
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“Cape May Zoo makes for a fabulous family day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Looking for something special to do off the beach with our 2 1/2 year old, we discovered the Cape May County Park & Zoo. What a wonderful day! This 200 acre park is very family friendly, lots of open space, picnic tables, shade trees and a great variety of animals. The walkways are wide enough to welcome everyone so it never felt crowded. Many of the 'boardwalks' are elevated so, at time, you are above the animals or level with them. And did I mention it's FREE (of course donations are welcome!). We wandered with folks of all ages, often noting visitors from other countries also enjoying their time with their families. It was a day well spent, an excellent use of tax dollars and made our stay in the Cape May area an extra special family time. Thanks Cape May County!

Visited July 2011
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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“Favorite zoo in the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

We have been taking our kids to the Cape May Zoo for a few years now and they all love it! It is free to visit, with donations at the door. It is open every day of the week. It is big enough to have a large variety of animals for the kids to see, yet doable for the little ones to walk in a couple of hours. There are monkeys, giraffes, lions, bears, zebras, buffaloes, all kinds of farm animals, birds, reptiles, etc, etc- so much to see! It is clean and very well maintained, with bathrooms in a couple of locations. There is a picnic area right outside of the zoo, by the playground, and we love packing a picnic lunch and letting the kids play there after the zoo. Make sure you leave your food in the car though if you are first going to the zoo as food is not allowed inside- only at the playground and picnic area. They do sell cold drinks (lemonade, soda, water) at a few locations once inside, which come in very welcome if it is a hot day!
There was also a little train ride last year which we didn't see on our last visit this past May- not sure if it is still there or not, but the kids loved it when it was running. It left from just in front of the main entrance of the zoo.
We recommend this zoo to all our friends! Check it out!

Visited May 2011
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mullica hill, nj
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“LIttle Gem of a Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

the zoo is free and takes donations as your door fee, as the run the facility on donations.
the zoo is surprisingly vibrant and take pride in their facility. it is very clean. i usually see workers cleaning the grounds and the park as i am walking around the zoo. the zoo is open 364 days a year.
weekends and holidays are difficult to find a parking spot, but they have plenty of additional parking just have to walk further.
i was just there in 7/2011 where they were adding new exhibits to the park. the African savannah area is really cool as they built a wooded canape that guides you through the animals where there are giraffe, zebras, ostrich, lemurs, etc. the zoo is pretty big and can be confusing gauging whether or not "you've been down here already." i have been there about 4 times this summer and finally have a good idea of their layout.
the zoo has animals as soon as you enter and exit, but the entrance and exit is the same area.
it can take a couple about 2 hours to go through the zoo. if you absorb all the sights and sounds for the first time, i believe it will be about 3 hours.
do not forget to see the different indoor atriums they have.

the drinks are expensive: $3 for lemonade or gatorade, but remeber the zoo does not charge admissions and need to make profits somehow.
you can rent wheelchairs for about $15.

Visited July 2011
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great little zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Worth the visit. A+ fun for all and it's free. They have donation boxes if you want to support the zoo.

Visited July 2011
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