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Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

(4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Home to about 850 animals representing 275 species, Turtle Back Zoo welcomes half million people annually to its themed exhibits. See a sea lion tank and prowl along a penguin coastline; tour habitats of large cats, wolves, bears, and alligators; and visit a reptile center. Wildlife aficionados won't want to miss the 2.7 m (9 ft) long lizard that was discovered in 2005 and still has no scientific name. Can foxes fly? You'll find out by seeking out the first flying foxes in any United States' zoo--giant bats that can reach a weight of 1.1 kg (2.4 lb) with a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) wingspan. The zoo is a part of South Mountain Recreation Complex. Plan to visit Turtle Back Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended West Orange attractions using our West Orange trip itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Take the kids, grandkid or just go yourself. Super environment between the zoo and the surrounding park, lake and paths in the south mountain reservation  more »
  • Great zoo for adults and kids. Lots of walking. Take the free train ride for a look at the reservoir and a rest. I'm too old for the adventure climb, but the kids loved it.  more »
  • This treasure has only improved since I visited as a kid. Our grandkids really enjoyed seeing all the animals. The carousel and train were also really enjoyed  more »
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  • An excellent zoo, but especially fantastic considering the location is easily accessible from New York and Northern New Jersey. Very family centric and has a tremendous collection of animals. The new giraffe exhibit is an example of their commitment to keeping the zoo modern and fresh.
  • Turtle Back Zoo is a great place for families or couples who want to enjoy a relaxing day looking at various different types of animals. They are always updating it with new exhibits and interesting information. The area is clean with friendly staff and very people oriented. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a zoo experience.
  • Excellent Zoo Animals are visible, facilities are up to date and constantly improving. There is always something new for my three year old to do or see. It's an easy, fun day with free parking, reasonable prices and so much fun.
  • The zoo has had a makeover recently and all the animal exhibits that were closed last year around this time are back open. The new attraction now is the giraffes. This zoo is smaller, but it has plenty of animals to keep your interest for a couple hours. I'm a big kid at heart, so this place is perfect; for family and adults alike.
  • A huge variety of animals and definitely a great place to bring a date or the family. The goat feeding is very fun, the wolves are awesome and touching stingrays is an awesome experience for all ages. Would highly recommend.