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“Boring.....not impressed....disappointed.”
Review of Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went here today after hearing about it for many years.....we were TOTALLY disappointed! Not much to see, just a lot of walking with hardly any animals or anything interesting to see.

2  Thank Beeloo03
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a great little zoo, especially if you have small children. You'll see all kinds of animals including penguins, bears, leopards, bison and of course, turtles. There's also a carousel, a gift shop, a train ride & decent cafe. It's easy to get around and the grounds are picturesque and well maintained. The animals appear to be well taken care of and we have always been able to easily spot them in their habitats. The gibbon monkeys were hilarious, making very loud pitched noises that sounded like car alarms going off. Make sure you see stop by the barn and see Arbuckle, the 900-lb. pig. Then again, it's impossible to miss him.

One thing to note: The Tree Top Aerial Adventure is still closed due to storm damage from Hurricane Sandy so check their website for updates on that.

Thank john a
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went there for Halloween at the zoo where the kids tricked or treated around the zoo. It was safe and fun. A lot of families came out. We paid the price of admission and enjoyed candy and the zoo. I hope they do this every year.

Thank Keynah
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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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