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Turtle Back Zoo at New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo

Category: Attractions
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052 973-731-5800
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Spend A Fun Day at Turtle Back Zoo

When you're a guest at Best Western PLUS Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, you'll be within minutes of this very fun and enlightening destination. Rated the number one zoo in New Jersey, Turtle Back will wow you with its many exhibits, such as the Sea Lion Exhibit, Penguin Exhibit, Southeast Asia Exhibit, Prairie Dog Exhibit, Essex Farm Exhibit, Australian Exhibit, and Tropical Currents Aquarium. Attractions include the Endangered Species Carousel, miniature train, aviary, playground, butterfly tent, and pony rides. Along with recreation, Turtle Back Zoo provides education courtesy of a variety of information-rich programs.


Prices - 

April-November: $14/Adult; $11/Children (2-12) & Seniors (62+). December-March: $12/Adult; $10/Children (2-12) & Seniors (62 ).

Hours - 

Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


  • Adventure to Africa
  • Bird Walk
  • Holiday Lights Spectacular


  • Exhibits
  • Pony Rides
  • Playground
  • Train
  • Food Pavilion
  • Gift Shop


  • When is the best time to visit?

    It's recommended that you come to Turtle Back Zoo when it opens at 10:00 a.m. That's because the animals are typically more active during the morning hours. If you're not able to come then, the next best time is later in the day, which is when the afternoon meals are served. Cool days are also good for visiting as the animals tend to be more mobile. On hot days, they usually can be found resting in the shade.
  • What kind of food is available?

    You'll find all kinds of meal and snack options at Turtle Back Zoo. The Zoo Café features a wide range of sandwiches, salads, and soups. You'll be able to grab a hot dog, hamburger or wrap along with various snacks like pretzels and yogurt at several locations, including the playground, train, gift shop, and Sea Lion Exhibit. Food trucks are available on the weekends. For your convenience, there's a covered picnic area.

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