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Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

turtle back zoo

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until July 31, 2021

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$17/ages 13+, $14/ages 2-12

See over 200 species representing animals from around the world including tigers, lions, exotic birds and many more. Indoor areas like Reptile House, Touch Tank, Sea Turtle Recovery, and Penguins are open with one-way traffic patterns and limited capacities.

* Also ride an endangered species carousel, play Safari-themed mini golf ($10-$12), climb the Prehistoric Playground and take a ropes course/zip line through the trees (ages 6+, $15-$30).

* On the adjacent waterfront, ride a paddle boat on the Orange reservoir ($17) and take nature walks including the South Mountain Fairy Trail.

* Cafe is open with Pizza, Grill and Grab-and-Go options. Kona shaved ice truck on site.

* Timed tickets, masked and temperature scans required.

* Around 30 minutes from midtown (depending on traffic). Short Uber ride from the South Orange train station.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

See over 200 species representing animals from around the world including tigers, lions, exotic birds and many more. Indoor areas like Reptile House, Touch Tank, Sea Turtle Recovery, and Penguins are open with one-way traffic patterns and limited capacities.

* Also ride an endangered species carousel, play Safari-themed mini golf ($10-$12), climb the Prehistoric Playground…

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The audio guide is mostly safety instructions. Download…

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