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Turtle Back Zoo

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Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone Number: +1 973-731-5800
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10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Turle back zoo christmas lights

The light exhibit is quite lovely. You walk around the park to see the lighted characters. There was even a loose peacock walking around. nice for a not so cold evening. They... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The light exhibit is quite lovely. You walk around the park to see the lighted characters. There was even a loose peacock walking around. nice for a not so cold evening. They do have a café where you can warm up with some hot coco. There was also bins for food and toy donations as well.

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Roseland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every year the Turtle Back Zoo gets better and better. Essex county really put a good effort into fixing the zoo up. The new giraffe exhibit is amazing! Unfortunately their giant pig Arbuckle passed away but they still have a huge variety of animals, a new aquarium type room with touch tanks. There's a train that goes around the zoo,... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I worked at this zoo in the 1970s, but hadn't been back since. Wow - has it changed! It is MUCH bigger, with lots of buildings and facilities for taking care of all kinds of animals. THe variety and quantity really surprised me. And now they're getting lions and giraffes as well, all in an Africa area. It all laid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Earlier this year, I asked my family to take me to this zoo for my birthday. I have always loved observing wildlife and have taken my kids to this zoo for 25 years. I have watched the changes over the years with great interest, however, with no little ones to bring, had not been in quite some time. The transformation... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid full price and upon entering no one mentioned that all the animal exhibits were under construction. There weren't any signs either. Every indoor exhibit didn't have the animals out either. Might be a great zoo in the summer, but at this time of the year they seem to be preparing the lights and during the day its a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a medium size zoo with loads of unusual animals. One of the best I have been to. Improvements are made every year. Highly recommended. Prepare to walk up and down hills.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the past 15 years, Turtle Back Zoo has been revamped into a world-class, AZA-accredited facility that offers just the right balance of amazing animal collection and manageable size that you can see it all in half a day. The educational staff is incredibly helpful. And the zoo has a free train that families can ride as often as they... More 

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Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here with my family after a travel soccer game in nearby Vauxhall. My two children 11. and 7 years of age had a good load of fun. Because it was not summer they were bummed out about the Treetop adventure course but that was OK with me. They are expanding the zoo and adding new animal exhibits. Looks like... More 

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Essex Fells, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo has been here for ages, I went there in 1st grade for a class trip (45+ years ago!) and has been majorly updated, and new exhibits are being added every year. It includes interactive exhibits with butterflies, stingrays, and budgies (parakeets). It is a little hilly, be prepared, and bring a stroller if you have little ones. Good... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandson who turned 3 years old celebrated his birthday at the park. It was absolutely amazing, and the children had a blast. The train ride and the petting zoo was awsome. It was the best birthday party and the park attendance were great.

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