Zoos & Wildlife

Turtle Back Zoo

West Orange, NJ

3 (5 reviews)

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Address: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052, USA Number: 973-731-5800 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Why don't you stay connected to the wild on your next family day out, and head to Turtle Back Zoo! Here, kids can see over 100 species from five continents, so you don't have to travel the world to meet them all.

They have all come to you!

Turtle Back Zoo is where kids can have amazing animal encounters, with both their favorites, and even meet some new species they may have never heard of before!

You can watch the playful sea lions, or touch a sting ray in the touch tank, or even hang out with the cute penguins too!

Have you ever seen the very rare and endangered Amur leopards or red pandas up close? They are gorgeous! Kids can feel like a real member of the wolf pack in the Wolf Woods exhibit too. From the cute prairie dogs, to those upside down creatures from Australia, Turtle Back Zoo is teeming with wildlife!

If that wasn't enough, you can enjoy real hands on fun in the Essex Farm Petting Zoo!

Did we mention that Turtle Back Zoo also let's you take a tranquil ride through the South Mountain Reservation on their very cool miniature train? Choo Choo - grab those conductor hats, kids!

Turtle Back Zoo is the perfect place for either a day trip, or if you just want to enjoy an afternoon out with the family Kids can appreciate nature, learn all about the animals, and learn about the importance of conservation - and invaluable lesson!

Are you ready to channel your WILD side!

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How much does it cost?



$12 - $14



$10 - $11 (Ages 2-12)



Senior discounts


Free Under

23 months


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Additional Information

There is a kids playground, but that is closed for the season too

Any top tips?


When you arrive, check what live animal shows are on that day so you can plan your time around them!

I'm Hungry!


It's not just the animals that have to eat! There are seasonal food options for you to enjoy lunches and snacks. Out of season, the gift shop sells food and snacks

Healthy Eating There are outdoor covered picnic areas accessible where you can enjoy your own food!

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Where is it at?

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They have daily, free live animal programs, as well as programs for groups that you can schedule in at a fee. They also have camps, and other fun ways for kids to learn!

Can I get one of those?


Bring that pocket money, because there are fun gifts, animal-themed items, and lots of souvenirs to take home! Located near the entrance

Need a little extra help?


Just give them a call to check the accessibility of the zoo!

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Baby Facilities

You can rent double strollers if you need one!

When can we go?

10am - 3:30pm

Open year round, but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Jan 1

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