Bergen County Zoo
Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave. (Rt. 4E to Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-262-3771. 10-4:30 year-round. Zoo is open until 8pm Thurs. during July and Aug. Train, carousel and pony rides open April-Oct., weather permitting. Zoo admission charged May-Oct.: Adults $8, ages 3-14 $5, srs. $2, under 3 free, half price for County residents. Exhibits include North American Wetlands Aviary, spider monkeys, farmyard. Train ride around zoo, pony rides, carousel, toddler and older children playgrounds, sprayground and picnic areas. In-zoo programs for infants to adults (visit Friends of Bergen County Zoo website for seasonal schedule); outreach programs; group and scout programs; homeschool programs; zoo camp, jr. zookeeper, and zoo camp for children with special needs are offered in summer. Deadline for summer zoo camp applications is March 1.
Education Programs, for all ages from 12 mos.-12 yrs., single sessions to series. Visit website link for schedule and registration.
Selected Special Events
Feb 27-Apr 24
Playtime at the Zoo, for toddlers and caregivers in Education Discovery Lab. 10-noon Mondays.
Family Frogwatch, families with ages 9-15. 10-12. $20 per family, up to 5 people.
Annual Sheep Shearing.
Live animal shows, daily in the outdoor amphitheater.
ZooBoo 2017, early advance tickets required.
Holiday with the Animals and Winter Wonderland.
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Rt. 9 & Crest Haven Rd. (GSP exit 11), Cape May Court House, 609-465-5271. Open daily year round except Christmas. Park: 7-dusk. Zoo: 10-4:30, 10:3:30 winter. Free, donations appreciated. 200 species of animals, an amphibian and reptile house, aviary and African savannah are found within a 128-acre county park which features a playground, picnic facilities, nature and bike trails. Download scavenger hunt under "Discover–Fun for Kids" from web link online. Adult and kids programs; birthday parties; zoo camp; cafe and gift shop.
Tree to Tree Aerial Obstacle Adventure Park, zip lines, nets, Tarzan swings and obstacles for every age and ability. Reservations required, 609-388-8289.
Popcorn Park Zoo
Humane Way at Lacey Road (Garden State Parkway exit 74), Forked River, 609-693-1900. Daily 11-5pm, holidays 11-2. Adults $5, ages under 12 and seniors $4, under 3 free. The Associated Humane Societies established these 10 acres in the Pine Barrens to serve as a refuge for wildlife, exotic and farm animals that were elderly, sick, abandoned, abused or injured and could no longer survive in the wild. Visit Deer Woods, wild animal compounds, monkey house, horse and pony corral and a farm. Air-popped popcorn may be purchased to feed free-roaming birds and some of the farm animals. Note the sandy terrain is not conducive to strollers or wheelchairs. Beach terrain wheelchair available. Picnic area.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Rt. 519, Sussex, 973-875-5800. Closed Nov.-April. Mar.-Oct.: Daily 9-5pm. Adults $18, srs. $16.50, ages 3-12 $14.50, under 3 free. Begun in 1927, Space Farms remains a privately owned collection of over 100 different species of North American wildlife with free roaming chickens, ducks and geese and special animal access areas where visitors are able to feed animals. The Museum houses over 50 antique cars and motorcycles and thousands of items of "Americana." Playground; picnic area; pizza restaurant; parties.
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3100. Daily 10-4:45. Children's Center open year-round, weather permitting. Adults $10, srs. $7, ages 3-14 $6, under 3 and members free. Free on Wed. after 2pm. Small zoo encompassing one square city block offers year-round entertainment as 90% of exhibits are indoors, including South American tropical forest, aquarium, African Savannah and Reptile Wing housing unusual and amazing reptiles. You can purchase food to feed the domestic farm animals in the outdoor Children's Center. Pony, cart rides, carousel, snack bar. Workshops for ages 4 and up; scout programs; traveling zoo; birthday parties; summer camp; Breakfast with the Beasts. Education schedule available each season (718-442-3174).
Donation Day, admission by donation Wed. after 2pm.
Sat & Sun
Live Animal Presentations, 1pm every Saturday and Sunday in the Events Tent.
Turtle Back Zoo
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. Dec. 1-Mar. 31: Mon.-Sun. 10-3:30. April 1-Nov. 30: Mon.-Sun. 10-4:30. Summer Wednesdays: open until 8pm. Adults $14, children 2-12/srs. $11, under 2 free. Reduced admission off-season Dec. 1-March 31. Memberships available. Safari double stroller rental: $7.
Very kid-friendly zoo includes New Jersey and North American wildlife exhibits, South Asian animal exhibits, Waters of the World exhibit with penguins, otters and alligators, Big Cat Country, Sea Lion, African Adventure and Sting Ray exhibit, an aviary, reptile center, aquarium, Essex Farm with petting zoo and pony rides, butterfly tent, train ride, carousel, picnic area, playground and Zoo Cafe. Education programs for ages preschool to high school; Turtle Back Tots programs; volunteen program; scout and group programs; outreach; zoo camps; sleepovers; birthday parties; and special events throughout the year.
Year-round Carousel Park, concession stands, restrooms and picnic area. Carousel $2.
Zoo Camps, weekly camps for grades K-8 during summer and school breaks. Summer registration begins in late Feb. for members first.
Turtle Back Hatchlings programs for ages 6-24 mos. with caregiver; Turtle Back Zoo Tot programs for ages 2 & 3 with caregiver.
Jan 8, 9; Feb 5, 6
Zoo Explorers Program, science-based lessons with stories, games and crafts for ages 4 & 5.
Jan 15, 16; Feb 12, 13
McLoone's Boathouse, waterfront family dining.
Zoo Field Trips, for school and summer camp groups.
Sleepover at the Zoo, families and groups with children ages 6 and up.
Mar 31- Nov
Treetop Adventure Course, visitors traverse platforms built in the trees using rope bridges, zip lines and other challenging features. See listing under Outdoor Entertainment.
Mini-Golf Safari, 19-hole miniature golf course deisgned in the shape of the African continent.