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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  • October 3, 2017
    This is a fun place to take little kids. Cute little zoo (don't expect the Bronx zoo) and train ride. Really good playground.  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    A nice park - lots of the kids to do and even have a small zoo but can be real stressful going there. Parents not paying attention to their kids who just take off and run into the roads or people walk...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This is an excellent county zoo! Excellent for all ages. Great programs, special exhibits, adopt an animal program, and membership perks including members only events. Located in the middle of beautif...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Van Saun is the cutest local zoo! It's very kid-friendly and it's great just to spend a couple hours with the family. They have a carousel available outside and a small train ride that tours around the perimeter of the park. There are a variety of animals including Bison and Elks!! It's very welcoming and quiet. They also hold informative events as well as Holiday events like Boo Zoo that occurs during the Halloween Week. Definitely a great place to visit near the area.
  • May 30, 2017
    Paramus mini zoo great for all families. Just be prepared to wait on line and do some much needed walking for the waistline so wear your most comfortable sneakers or shoes. The line there can be HORRIBLE but if you're that person with extra patience, you will make it in to have a good time with the kids. Parking lot at peak times (the weekends or weekend holidays) is absolute madness. My honest tip if you really want to come here is to come super early at opening or on a weekday when others are working. Anything after 11 am you're on your own. The surrounding park is very beautiful so if you can't get in, the day is not totally wasted.
  • July 4, 2017
    Great park with playground with cool zone in the summer, zoo, carousel, pony rides, train ride. Cost for activities is reasonable. Food available for purchase. Picnic tables available for family picnics or parties. Very crowded on the weekends, parking hard to find.
  • May 29, 2017
    Great for kids to play and enjoy themselves... Walk a bit and there's the zoo. Nothing phenomenal there. But toddlers thoroughly enjoy the animals. There's a train and the line for is tends to be long. As far as food and drinks... There's a food truck that sells hotdogs and fries. Kids meals are $11 (dog, fries and a drink). Vending machines throughout the area have bottles of water for $3.15. So BRING ALONG SNACKS OR PICNIC.
  • July 10, 2017
    People have been coming here for years yes there are other parks zoo's but when you're in Van Saun your stepping into history that's not so expensive good for kids and the outside hot dog truck is something to look forward to the A ride kids love I loved it as a kid and As A parent now I'm proud to be able to bring my kids to A childhood memory I always enjoyed.

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