Next to eating, there are a few things that we as a family
love to do, and that’s travelling, and visiting a zoo and/or aquarium. Two weekends ago my husband took our
four-year-old daughter and myself on a surprise [53 mile] road trip to spend
the afternoon at the Turtle Back Zoo located in West Orange, New Jersey.
voted best zoo in New Jersey. After visiting, I understood why the zoo claimed
the #1 spot.
The Turtle Back Zoo, although not as large as our “home”
zoo, is a nice sized zoo with 15 exhibits to showcase, what I’d say is a pretty
good variety of animals both large and small.
It was easy to get around with our four year old, even without the
stroller that we forgot to bring. There
were animals that I didn’t expect to see at this particular zoo like an Amur
Leopard, Great Gray Kangaroos, and Capybara.
exhibits. Of the ones we tried, the
butterfly exhibit was pretty good; however, our daughter loved the outdoor
aviary, home to 500 free-flight Australian grass parakeets that she was able to
feed with bird feed [on a stick] purchased for $2. Imagine the joy a four-year-old feels when
she’s feeding three to four birds at a time.
Our hearts were happy she had fun during this experience. My husband
also seemed to have as much fun as she; he’s a big kid.
visitors through the South Mountain Reservation. However, due to long lines, we
were not able ride. Maybe next time
during a weekday visit when it’s less crowded, right? There’s also a playground
featuring oversized dinosaurs and plenty of climbing structures.
additional $2 on top of your entry fee. These rides include:
- Endangered Species Carousel
- Pony Rides
and cool animal exhibits, I’d definitely recommend visiting the Turtle Back
Zoo. Plus, they’re working on adding a Giraffe exhibit, which I’m sure we will
make a return visit for. The next time
you’re planning your next family road trip or outing, be sure to keep the
Turtle Back Zoo in mind, especially if you have younger kids. It’s not only fun for kids, but also a great
experience for the family as a whole.
P: (973) 731-5800
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm | Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm