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Encounter Animals, Rides & Family Fun at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange

Experience the animal kingdom at play right before your eyes at the Turtle Back Zoo. See penguins and seals frolic and observe bears and kangaroos in their natural habitat. From powerful alligators to cute prairie dogs, there are over 700 animals at this popular zoo in nearby West Orange. Take part in fun activities like pony rides and a carousel. Hop on board the train to South Mountain Reservation, where the zoo is located across 20 acres,  to play mini-golf, go boating, or test your skills on a treetop ropes adventure course. Access all the animal fun easily from our hotel in Westfield - the Turtle Back Zoo is just 30 minutes away.


Prices -

 Adults: $12, Children & Seniors: $10

Hours -

 Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Family Fun Night
  • Education Center Programs
  • Holiday Lights


  • Animal Exhibits
  • Rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Dining
  • Mini Golf
  • Treetop Adventure Course
  • Gift Shop
  • Animal Feedings


  • Can I bring food into the Turtle Back Zoo?

    Yes, visitors are permitted to bring outside food into the zoo premises. For you convenience, the zoo provides indoor and outdoor seating throughout the grounds. Please note, alcoholic beverages are not permitted and feeding the animals is not allowed.
  • are there any shows or special events at the zoo?

    Don't miss annual events at the Turtle Back Zoo like the Owl Festival or seasonal events like Holiday Lights. Embark on an exciting Night Tour or come on Family Fun Night in the summer when the zoo is open late on select evenings. Celebrate the return of a majestic animal to the zoo with Breakfast with Wolves, while Adventure to Africa features animal performances. There's even animal story times for the little ones. Check the calendar for the latest updates.

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