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Turtle Back Zoo

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Address: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431
Phone Number: 973-731-5800
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Everything is better at the zoo

For years the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo was a bad joke of a zoo. Those days are long gone with new facilities, cleaner more animal friendly enclosures and accreditation from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
West Orange, New Jersey
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West Orange, New Jersey
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For years the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo was a bad joke of a zoo. Those days are long gone with new facilities, cleaner more animal friendly enclosures and accreditation from the AZA. It is a pleasure going to the zoo and they seem to be adding new exhibits and features on an annual basis. It is nice to have... More 

Thank arnesalkin
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome zoo for kids! Very well maintained and landscaped. It was nice taking the grandchildren to a zoo I visited as a child. Parking is great, terrific selection of animals and even a playground for the kids to release energy. A very well spent day..highly recommended!

Thank LoriFromVT
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the best zoos I've ever visited. It was very clean, had lots of seating and you could get up close to the animals. I even got to feed a giraffe! Highly recommended.

Thank Janet L
Bridgewater, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I gave this a 2 star, should only be a 1 star though. Zoo is nice, but the conditions that some of the animals were living in were unacceptable! We went on a very, extreme hot day and these poor animals, such as the black bears, cats, buffalo, did not have water. These animals need water! all of the rivers... More 

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Valley Cottage, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to do here. Very clean ! The train is always a hit. My kids are adore this zoo!!!! Like it so much. Would recommend to anyone!

Thank VictoriaFilipova
Montclair, New Jersey
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Felt like an old fashion zoo with the cages. My daughter was even bored. Went once, that was enough. Not a rainy day activity, or really hot day; no much shelter.

Thank nj2914nj
North Port, Florida
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65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a difference from when I took my daughter 37 years ago. Plenty to see, new giraffe exhibit. Entertained by the seal and penguins. Petting zoo, hands on with stingrays, lots of shade spots to sit as well as masters to cool off if needed. Merry Go Round ride for $2 adults, children free. Happy that I took my 6... More 

Thank queenbbe2u2
New Jersey
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like it so much we got a membership. So much to do here. The train is always a hit. Would recommend to anyone!!!

Thank baby4us2010
Edison, New Jersey
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zoo was ok for the price. But please choose a cloudy day and dont go on hot day at all. There are hardly shades where you can sit and relax. I feel bad for the animals as the zoo does not have enough trees. We went on a hot day and could not see all the animals as they were... More 

Thank anbillava
New York City, New York
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98 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you plan a trip to the zoo, you wish to view animals. Period. We arrived in late afternoon at around 2:45 PM, only because it was scorching. The humidity was almost unbearable. The zoo closed at 4:30 PM. It was a race against time, with 4 children under age 6 in tow, at least we thought. What a pleasant... More 


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