Van Saun County Park / Bergen County Zoological Park, Paramus

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Van Saun County Park is located in Paramus, New Jersey. Operated by the Bergen County Parks Department, the park is home to the Bergen County Zoological Park. In addition, the park features picnic areas, a baseball field, a softball field, basketball and tennis courts, a soccer field, a playground, a carousel, and pony rides. The zoo is open all year round; from May to October, guests have to pay a fee to enter the zoo. From November to April, the zoo is free of charge. The zoo also features a train ride known as the Safari Express. The park, most notably the zoo, was slated for a major expansion as of 2016, which would nearly double the size of the zoo from 12 to 23 acres and significantly diversify its population of animal species, as well as add an ice-skating rink and expand automobile parking capacity at the park by hundreds of spaces.HistoryThe zoo opened in 1960. The railroad in Van Saun, the Safari Train was first built in 1963 and features three trains: the 388 train, which accompanied the opening, the 389 train, purchased in 1968, and the 520, added to the lineup in 1971. The train models are Iron Horse S-24 24 inch gauge trains by the Allan Herschell Company. The train is open from Tuesdays through Sundays (weather permitting) and closed Mondays for maintenance, unless it falls on a holiday, between April and October. The train passengers view the many different attractions in the zoo while going through railroad crossings and a tunnel. The train is also open during the Bergen County's Winter Wonderland event, which runs from November through January.
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  • We love the Bergen County Zoo. It is a family favorite! We are members and they have many great activities all year long! Wonderful new updates and fantastic programs. My kids go to their zoo camp for...  more »
  • With parks in Bergen County to choose from this def. is one of the more fun ones I found with my children growing up as well as into their adulthood. Always interesting and fun things to see and do. I...  more »
  • Much nicer than many small regional zoos. Some farm equipment exhibits, some farm animals, the exciting spider monkeys and a number of glass enclosed smaller creatures. Easy to walk it in an hour but ...  more »
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  • Such a great place to spend a day! The train is perfect for little kids, it’s a very exciting way to start and the price is great. The zoo is cute and not too big for little ones. If you go on a hot day in the summer you can use the sprinkler park by the playground. So much fun!
  • I'm very fond of this park. When my kids were young we belonged to the zoo. It was wonderful. They went to o camp there as little kids. We went on the zoo boo which was great every year. The train is a lot of fun for little kids. Now that they are older it is nice to go for a walk around the pond.
  • Always love going to Van Saun park. I take my kids as much as possible as there is so much to do with the zoo, playground, train, carousel, baseball fields and even the duck pond. We also go for the special events such as the winter wonderland and boo at the zoo. Can't say enough positive things about this park. Extremely affordable and lots of fun.
  • Ever since I was a kid still a fun place to go. just visited the zoo during the holidays so nice, clean and cool monkeys. Great plce walk
  • Beautiful park. You can do lots of things such as running, jogging. Also good place to do some family picnic in summer. Nice and quite.

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