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Turtle Back Zoo

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560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431
+1 973-731-5800
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A First Rate Attraction and Learning Experience

Turtle Back Zoo has continued to steward the well being and sustainability of an increasing number... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
L R
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Barnegat, New Jersey
A small, family-oriented zoo.

Although this is a smaller zoo, they have a nice variety of animals, including giraffes you can... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
polli00
,
Farmdale, Ohio
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  • Average4%
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“train ride” (115 reviews)
“touch tank” (43 reviews)
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560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Turtle Back Zoo has continued to steward the well being and sustainability of an increasing number of species. Lions, penguins, giraffes, sea lions, mountain lions, apes, bears, wolves, eagles, condors... you get the idea. Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting Turtle Back, whether feeding...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this is a smaller zoo, they have a nice variety of animals, including giraffes you can feed. Feeding the budgies is a lot of fun. Our favorite spot is the prarie dog exhibit. There is a carousel, play area, train (it’s free), lots of...More

3  Thank polli00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just go! Plenty of parking, clean, fun, a train ride and a diverse amount of animals from all over the world. Have been many times and they've just recently upgraded.

Thank Tina P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first visit to Turtle Back Zoo since my parents took me many decades ago. What a big difference! First off, it is great that they have free parking garages so you can park right near the zoo entrance. Admission for adults of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it has been at least 30 yrs. since my last visit, but a perfect place to bring the great grand kids for a days outing....great selection of animals , great displays.....there was something that each one of them enjoyed, even a little train ride for...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018

This is a fun zoo with an impressively diverse amount of wildlife from all over the world. The walking paths are good, and you can get a considerable amount of exercise while taking in the sights. The train ride was quaint was as well. An...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Had a great time here. Lots to see and do. Butterfly and bird exhibit were really enjoyed. My daughter loved the stingray tank :)

Thank Samantha H
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Been coming here for the past few years on an annual basis. It seems that everytime we go, there is a new exhibit. All of the exhibits are so well designed too. The animals can be seen almost all the time and they are very...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Nice little zoo with many North American animals. Features many animals not present in north European zoos e.g. Jaguar, snow leopard, Komodo dragon and sting rays you can ”pet” The one restaurant is quite horrible with really low end junk food. So bring your own...More

1  Thank Thorn b
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

The zoo was very nice. There were 2 multi level parking garages. We went on a Sunday and got there in the early afternoon. By then they had run out of maps but were very apologetic. We enjoyed all the walking but there was plenty...More

Thank Steve L
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kapid43
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Im not 100 percent sure 🤔
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Marie C
January 25, 2018|
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Response from 858maryi | Reviewed this property |
Many animals will be outside and not much area inside for visitors. Will be chilly, but if you don’t mind the cold, go and enjoy! You can easily cover everything in two hours.
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Melissa S
October 11, 2017|
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Response from Chuck419 | Reviewed this property |
The number of turtles varies by the need ... there are no permanent residents. The last time I visited, there were around six, give or take a turtle or two. One caveat as well ... the turtles are part of a recovery... More
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