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“Great small zoo”
Review of Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence
West Orange, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great small zoo”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have been to many zoos. Mostly large zoos. For a small zoo this one is lots of fun. Over the years they have added more and more to it.

Visited June 2013
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West Orange, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great day at the zoo with children”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a great place to spend time with the children and /or grandchildren ! Lots of exhibits and animals for them to see.. Good exhibits and even a carrousel to ride.

Visited June 2013
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New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Good for small children”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This well maintained local zoo has been a great way to spend a few hours with small children for decades. I brought my own children here when they were little (under the age of 5) and am now going with my grandchildren. The pony ride (extra fee), carousel (extra fee) and train ride (included) are lots of fun. There are a decent amount of animals for a zoo this size, but no elephants or giraffes, among other animals. This is much smaller than Central Park Zoo in Manhattan, and there is no comparison with the Bronx Zoo, which is in a whole other league. But there is more than enough to entertain small children, though a few hours is all you will need.

On weekends this place gets very very crowded, especially because it is relatively small. Try to get here when it opens, then leave in a few hours as people start pouring in.

Visited May 2013
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New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Local Attraction”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This local zoo is a fun place for young and young at heart. The location is very user friendly, with picnic areas and also a cafe which is fairly priced. Parking is not an issue and the entrance fee is reasonable. We found the staff to be very helpful and pleasant. This is a highly recommended local visit!

Visited August 2012
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West Orange, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love this Zoo”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I am a huge fan of the Turtle Back Zoo. I've visited several times over the past 2 years with family and friends. It's a small zoo - great for kids of all ages. They are continually upgrading the park and the exhibits. Great for small kids because they can get up close and personal with the animals. It doesn't get overly crowded and the train ride is a great way to relax and sit for a bit when everyone is tired of walking.

Visited September 2012
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