Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River

4.3
#7 of 9 in Zoos & Aquariums in New Jersey
Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7acre zoo located in Forked River, New Jersey, within Lacey Township. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is "a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds." The zoo has programs to educate visitors about animals and their environments and offers hundreds of rescued dogs and cats for adoption.HistoryPopcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 as a wildlife refuge for exotic and farm animals that were abused, ill, injured, handicapped, elderly, or exploited.AttractionsPopcorn Park Zoo has over 200 animals including an African elephant, Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, African lions, mountain lions, American black bears, an Arabian camel from the Rough Point estate of Doris Duke, and numerous species of monkeys, foxes, and white-tailed deer.AttackPark animals suffered an attack in May 2003, when three teenagers, all 18 years old, killed three ducks, three emus and two rheas. The teens were arraigned and held on $50,000 bail a week later.
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Forked River holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Popcorn Park Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create an itinerary including Popcorn Park Zoo
map
Popcorn Park Zoo Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
175 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • A little ways off the Garden State Parkway (Exit 74), this is an open air zoo. Not too large but plenty of fun for families. Our Granddaughter especially enjoyed feeding popcorn (get it? Popcorn Zoo!)...  more »
  • My kids loved this place. Especially when they were younger. It's nice to walk around and give attention to the animals who are just looking for love.  more »
  • Didn't expect much but, had a great time. Bigger than I expected and lots of animals. I wish I had my grandsons with me. Can't wait to take them. I strongly recommend this zoo.  more »
Google
  • I have been here multiple times and I love it! It is more like a sanctuary than a zoo. I would go there every day if I could! I chuff at the Tigers and they chuff back at me. The bears are just the cutest! I highly recommend the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge (I just can't call it a zoo!)
  • Went during the week in July it was very nice and quiet. The staff is friendly and seeing the biographies of the animals is heartwarming. They also have SIX tigers. While it's somewhat in the middle of nowhere looking for lunch you kinda have to go off site or out of town. The deer come right up to the fence it's a great, quiet place. I do suggest having a keeper or a staff member wonder around so if guests have any question they'd be available to answer them. But overall the animals are well cared for and are berry happy.
  • We always have a wonderful time here. It's a small zoo, well maintained. We recently visited and the geese were pesty. They were stalking us for food, so we would throw popcorn to steer them away. It was funny but a little scary (some would hiss). They were our least favorite. The animals were so interactive and my 4 year old had such a fun time. We purchased the popcorn and nuts. The size of the zoo is perfect, we usually stay about an hour, hour and a half.
  • NJ's best zoo! I spent about 2 hours here with my family. My daughter loves how the animals walk around in the zoo. Some of the animals are not caged and have free roam of the zoo. very reasonable price for admission and the popcorn. I will be back again.
  • It's was such a nice family out doors kinda place to go and have fun. They have very Interesting background stories on the animals with made it more integrating. ***sidenote*** their bathrooms are a little trailer with a mean and women sides but they are VERY DIRTY and cramped. Go to the BR before you go***

Plan your trip to Forked River

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Forked River

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Forked River by other users

1 day in Forked River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Forked River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Jersey Shore BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Jersey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Forked River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Forked River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Jersey Shore SEE PLAN September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New Jersey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New Jersey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Forked River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in New Jersey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New Jersey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans