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Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 550+ 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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  • Fun trip, it was a great last minute get away from the stress of everyday work. Had a great time. Surprisingly a lot to see. 
  • If in the area pay the extra $ for Bronx Zoo. This zoo is overpriced for what they have. They need more directional signs otherwise its a maze of circling. Alot of closed off - and TONS of bees. Visit...  read more »
  • This zoo was designed with kids in mind. There are so many interactive things that the kiddies can do and learn from. I will say though that I don't believe in zoo's confining our beautiful creatures ...  read more »
  • Great zoo with lots to do. The zoo has a train, pony rides, an aviary, a butterfly house and even stingray feedings. A great day out for the whole family. Also lots of other things to do for the family in the area. Paddle boats, mini golf and a ropes course. Free parking.
  • Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing place. From the great animals to the layout of the park like zoo to the people that work there, everything is perfect. Their new additions are fantastic & go before Labor Day to see the Butterfly exhibit before it is gone. This zoo is a must see for anyone with young ones. Our 2 1/2 yr old has been twice & cannot stop talking about the Sea Lions & the Wolves. AMAZING 5 star must see Zoo. We cannot wait to go back.
  • This zoo improves more and more each year. My family gets the Yearly Membership. It is well worth it. The holiday lights are really nice to see, and also the Night Moves exhibit, where you visit in the evening.
  • This zoo it's one of the best I've been in the tristate area, lots of activities for the little ones and everyone is friendly. My 5 year old enjoyed our little trip. The park is clean and fun
  • Great local zoo that's never too crowded. Clean grounds, healthy animals. Always expanding and adding exhibits. Affordable and can't miss the peacocks freely roaming the grounds. Great for the kids and family
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