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Turtle Back Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Best Zoo in the Area

This is my favorite zoo in the area. They've got nearly every animal you could want to see and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Craig C
Jersey City, New Jersey
Great zoo !

A great zoo with lots of things to see and do. The train-ride was awesome as was the place where... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-2431
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Reviewed yesterday

This is my favorite zoo in the area. They've got nearly every animal you could want to see and the zoo is laid out well. The exhibits allow you to get up close and personal with animals you'd never want to get up close and...More

Thank Craig C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great zoo with lots of things to see and do. The train-ride was awesome as was the place where kids could feed the birds and the butterfly area. We will be back !

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love the Turtle Back Zoo. We've been going for over 15 years and it is unbelievable the changes they have made over the years. We recently went and the kids had a great time watching the giraffes and petting the sting rays. Can't wait...More

Thank DDM99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We finally got to the Turtle Back Zoo & has a good 3 hour visit. The cafe entrance is closed for renovations so a short walk to the Educational Center entrance is needed. We enjoyed seeing the animals and they look well cared for.

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hadn't been to the Turtle Back Zoo since I daughter was about 10, and she leaves this week for college. We loved it then as a small, local zoo, but my goodness, how it has grown! It still has a local flavor, but there...More

Thank NJtravelrabbit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been going to Turtle Back Zoo for many years, first with my children and now with my grandchildren, and I believe it is just getting better every year. When the Giraffe enclosure opened I was thrilled but this year! The Penguins! The exhibit...More

Thank Randie A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is such a great place for young kids. The giraffes, prairie dogs and train were a huge hit!!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thought we would see lots of animals but they were either sleeping far from view or not there at all. The usual animals you can see on a farm were plentiful but we wanted to see the more exotic ones. The zoo itself has...More

2  Thank buffylane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Turtle Back Zoo received rave reviews so my adult daughter and myself decided to visit the attraction. Although we did have a map of the grounds it still would have nice if there were some workers around to answer our questions. Lots of walking...More

1  Thank taxiluv2
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I recently visited the Turtle Back Zoo with four of my grandchildren. It was a great experience for all of them, except that there is a lot of uphill walking and not a lot of shade on a sunny day. This did not detract from...More

1  Thank HoustonNonny
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26 May 2018|
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Response from guti023 | Reviewed this property |
Im not 100 percent sure 🤔
Marie C
26 January 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.
Melissa S
12 October 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