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“The perfect sized zoo for an afternoon”
Review of Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I have to admit, as someone who grew up going to The Turtle Back Zoo, that I have a soft spot for this place. The great news is that the zoo has only improved since my childhood days while still retaining those markers, such as the train ride through the woods, that people my age yearn for. This zoo has everything: location, size, a newly-built Merry-Go-Round, and a Reptile House that allows close-ups of some really cool occupants. And don't even get me started on the Petting Zoo just up the hill! Really, save your money as there is no need to schlep to Central Park: the Turtle Back Zoo has everything you need, from free-roaming peacocks to prairie dog habitats that allow you to get in on the fun; even the food is better than anticipated. Your kids will want to buy a bird seed stick for the Budgies, and you'll gawk at the eagle you get to see at such close range. Just don't forget the train ride!

3  Thank Corey A
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

What I most like about this place is the size. It's perfect to go with kids. Children don't get too tired walking. You can spend one morning or the afternoon here. You don't need the whole day to see all the animals.
The peacocks are walking besides you, it's cute, it has been renovated recently. It's not far from the city.
Not expensive at all!!
My 8 year old daughter loves it!

Thank yayalola
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

The zoo has been completely updated in the past 5 years. So much is new. More animals. More walking. Within walking distance is the ice skating rink, mini-golf & McLoone's Boat House!

1  Thank Linda5000
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The animals - lay out and the train was fun. We will be back this summer
I have told several friends about it

Thank Cluxie
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

A really good small zoo, with large enclosures for several species, such as bears, snow leopard, wolves. Children can get close to farm animals, and feeding the parakeets with seed-sticks is a perennial favorite. The reptile house is also interesting. They have good, education summer camps for the kids too, learn about conservation, etc. Also in the same conservation area are an ice rink, mini-golf and zipline, and the Boathouse on the reservoir is great for a drink outdoors--I hear there will be boats allowed on the water this summer!

Thank TanZimSa
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