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Turtle Back Zoo

Address: 560 Northfield Avenue
Phone: 973-731-5800
Mon - Sat from 10am-4:30pm
Sun 11am-5:30pm

(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day - & in bad weather)
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New Jersey's #1 Zoo! (And a Top 10 Tourist Destination in the Garden State)

From our smallest spider to the half-ton North American Bison in our Great Plains Exhibit, Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo offers a look at more than 100 different species of native and exotic animals from five continents. Get up close and personal with animals at the Essex Farm Petting Zoo, and don’t forget to take a tranquil ride through South Mountain Reservation on our miniature train.

Whether you spend a day or an afternoon, Turtle Back Zoo is a special place where children and their families can learn about animals and gain appreciation for nature.