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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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to dmc42467 - about the bees

You can look at the bee problem you experienced 2 ways. First, are you sure that it was bees and not yellow jackets? We need bees and their population is declining and it is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sussex County, NJ
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Sussex County, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can look at the bee problem you experienced 2 ways. First, are you sure that it was bees and not yellow jackets? We need bees and their population is declining and it is a world wide problem (part due to all the chemicals humans use). To make a statement the zoo should spray to get rid of them is... More 

Thank reallyobnoxious
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The zoo is pretty big and has some nice exhibits like giraffe feeding, touch a sting ray and shark, and a cute train ride. the zoo is clean and looks like it will be adding additional themes and animals. There is alot of walking and you have to go up some steep inclines which is not very easy with a... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have often visited the Turtle Back Zoo - most recently this month. Since it was renovated years ago, it has added exhibits and is absolutely lovely. There is a new giraffe exhibit that is fascinating. It is compacteand a great place to take children under 10- there are a lot of animals, fun things to do (carousel, pony ride... More 

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Livingston, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am more impressed every time I go to this zoo. For a small local zoo they are such a great variety of animals and the exhibits are very well maintained. If you go during a cooler day you can see almost all the animals out. The day we were there we saw every animal, even ones that before were... More 

Thank donnadisneymom
Maplewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited our local zoo a few weeks back, and it is terrific. Some displays under renovation but overall a good experience. From a place that was sad and almost out of business not so long ago, it has become a great attraction.

Thank oldboy8
Mapelwood, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Turtle Back is the perfect Zoo. It's just the right size and has amazing animals and exhibits. They are always adding to the Zoo. It's clean, perfect for kid parties and school trips and their Face Painters are the best and most talented in the tri-state area! Nothing to do on our day off? Take a nice slow walk around... More 

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West Orange, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been going to this zoo for almost 50 years. It's gone through many phases, and it's fantastic now. They have really done a great job here. Make sure you take the train ride. Don't go on a very hot day.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A very clean and well run zoo. The animals had enrichment items in the enclosures for Halloween and many were gnawing on or pushing around the pumpkins. My daughter rode a pony and fed the budgies. The budgies were our favorite. It's worth it to buy the bird seed stick to feed the birds. They jump right on to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun trip, it was a great last minute get away from the stress of everyday work. Had a great time. Surprisingly a lot to see.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If in the area pay the extra $ for Bronx Zoo. This zoo is overpriced for what they have. They need more directional signs otherwise its a maze of circling. Alot of closed off - and TONS of bees. Visited first thing in the AM - cool morning but the BEES were out of control. Perhaps they need to spray... More 

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