We are very lucky as New Jersey residents to have some of the best zoos here in our state. Below is a list of fun family friendly activities for all ages from toddlers to teens at the zoos across the state. Many of them are included with the price of admission. Zoos are some of the great places for you and your family to get connected to nature and learn about our furry, feathered, or scaly friends.
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652. 201-262-3771
Cape May County Zoo
707 North Route 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. 609.465.5271
45 Mayor Aitken Dr, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. 856-453-1658
Boo at the Zoo. Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, NJ 07832. (877) 733-9653.
Wolf Watch tours are led by owner Jim Stein and Becky Mace, who care for all the animals at the preserve. During their presentations you will learn about the wolf packs, their eating habits, their interaction with man, and many other interesting facts. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305. 201.200.1000
Join them for a live animal presentation to get a close up look (or feel!) of some of the scaly, slithery, and eight-legged residents. Discover how these animals catch their prey or avoid becoming prey themselves. From venom to armor to clever acting, the answers might just surprise you! 10:00 am and 2:30 pm; Free with paid admission
Popcorn Park Zoo
1 Humane Way at Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731. (609) 693-1900
Popcorn Park Zoo is a very special sanctuary for animals in need of homes. They feature exotic animals like African lioness, tigers, and mountain lions to barn yard friends like horses, pigs, and goats. You will learn the stories about all of these special animals as you explore this zoo.
Six Flags Off Road Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527. 732-928-2000
Boasting 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions, Safari Off Road Adventure takes explorers on an exhilarating, interactive animal adventure. Guests enter the amazing, fictional world of the Wilds Family, who have traveled the globe to bring the most interesting and exotic creatures to their 350-acre preserve in Jackson, New Jersey. Safari Off Road Adventure is included with general theme park admission and Season Passes. Go early as it is a new attraction there can be long waits.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Route 519, Sussex, New Jersey 07461. (973) 875-5800
Featuring more than 500 animals of 100 different species, Space Farms has the largest private collection of North American animals, in their natural surroundings in the United States. You will have the opportunity see bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks, snakes, and hundreds more.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue · West Orange, NJ 07052. 973.731.5800
Turtle Back Zoo has a wide variety of animals and attractions for kids of all ages. From Scottish Highland Cattle, red pandas and arctic wolves to the new sea lions, there is a wide variety of animals to learn about and look at as you wander through. They also feature a train ride, carousal, and large playground area.
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