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“beautiful grounds, nice surprise.”

Cape May County Park & Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Have a wild time as you explore more than 85 acres of beautifully maintained exhibits. With 200 different species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and approximately 500 animals, you're sure to see something new. The Cape May County Zoo is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas). Summer Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning November 1st. No admission fee. That's right! The zoo is free of charge! Donations are GREATLY appreciated! Join the FUN, where the admission is always FREE!
San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“beautiful grounds, nice surprise.”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were visiting from San Diego and, yes, we have a great zoo, but I must say, this was a very pleasant pleasant surprise for us. The grounds cared for very well. There are very nice board-walks through a wooded area. animals look good.. healthy and beautiful. There is a great variety of animals.

I would suggest that if animals are off-exhibit, that a sign be posted such. There is an occasional sign (inconsistent) but you waste a lot of time searching and searching for an animal when it is not there. that is irritating. More food or at least a little patio restaurant is suggested.

The park/zoo is free but there is a contribution collector at the entry gate at parking. There is a children's park just outside the entrance. It is very feasible for a family to bring their kids to play on equipment and have a little picnic there. But you would probably have to bring your own food because I don't think there's any restaurant there... even at the zoo.

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful visit and I think the checkout clerk at the Shoprite for recommending it. The people of New Jersey have been so very friendly, nice and helpful. They are very pleased that we really enjoyed coming to New Jersey there is so much to offer here.

Visited October 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Best Zoo ever”
Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe it's free! So many great animals and you just need to give a donation to keep the zoo working! The animals are so close to you and the access around the zoo is so easy to follow! In my opinion it's even better than Bronx Zoo

Visited August 2013
Thank Elmiro K
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Cherry Hill
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“We love Cape May County Zoo”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've been to this zoo many times over the years and we have a great time every time we go. This is a free zoo that exists on donations so please make sure to make a donation upon your entrance. We love the fact that the zoo has a lot of ground for the animals and the exhibits are always well maintained. On this visit we were happy to see the latest additions to the animal population. There is a baby bison, a baby giraffe and baby snow leopards. We highly recommend this zoo for people of all ages. For the youngsters there are playgrounds and a picnic area before entering the zoo.

Visited September 2013
Thank Cathy M
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Fairview, Tennessee
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239 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Nice Family Zoo and it's Free”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

The zoo was set in a natural setting with raised board walks throughout. It provided a good view of the animals. The information posters for each animal were very informational. This is a great family place and I would recommend taking the time to visit.

Visited September 2013
Thank MO2cats
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102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Not many free zoos around!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

This zoo is a very interesting place to visit in southern NJ. The enclosures are well maintained and designed and the animals seemed all very well cared for. All this for no admission fee or parking costs (donations are accepted).

Visited September 2013
Thank Jim P
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