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“Great small zoo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-5800
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in West Orange
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“Great small zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have been to many zoos. Mostly large zoos. For a small zoo this one is lots of fun. Over the years they have added more and more to it.

Visited June 2013
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West Orange, New Jersey
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“Great day at the zoo with children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a great place to spend time with the children and /or grandchildren ! Lots of exhibits and animals for them to see.. Good exhibits and even a carrousel to ride.

Visited June 2013
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“Good for small children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This well maintained local zoo has been a great way to spend a few hours with small children for decades. I brought my own children here when they were little (under the age of 5) and am now going with my grandchildren. The pony ride (extra fee), carousel (extra fee) and train ride (included) are lots of fun. There are a decent amount of animals for a zoo this size, but no elephants or giraffes, among other animals. This is much smaller than Central Park Zoo in Manhattan, and there is no comparison with the Bronx Zoo, which is in a whole other league. But there is more than enough to entertain small children, though a few hours is all you will need.

On weekends this place gets very very crowded, especially because it is relatively small. Try to get here when it opens, then leave in a few hours as people start pouring in.

Visited May 2013
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New Jersey
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“Great Local Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This local zoo is a fun place for young and young at heart. The location is very user friendly, with picnic areas and also a cafe which is fairly priced. Parking is not an issue and the entrance fee is reasonable. We found the staff to be very helpful and pleasant. This is a highly recommended local visit!

Visited August 2012
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West Orange, New Jersey
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“Love this Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I am a huge fan of the Turtle Back Zoo. I've visited several times over the past 2 years with family and friends. It's a small zoo - great for kids of all ages. They are continually upgrading the park and the exhibits. Great for small kids because they can get up close and personal with the animals. It doesn't get overly crowded and the train ride is a great way to relax and sit for a bit when everyone is tired of walking.

Visited September 2012
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