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. Zoo admission charged May-Oct.: Adults $8, ages 3-14 $5, srs. $2, free under 3, discounts 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; outreach programs; group and scout programs; zoo camp, jr. zookeeper, and zoo camp for children with special needs offered in summer. Deadline for summer zoo camp applications is March 1.
Live animal shows, daily in the outdoor amphitheater.
Holiday with the Animals, train rides, refreshments, visit with Santa. Date TBA.
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: 9-dusk. Zoo: 10-3:45 (4:45 summer). 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 from web link online.
Popcorn Park Zoo
Humane Way at Lacey Road (Garden State Parkway exit 74), Forked River, 609-693-1900. Daily 11-5pm. Adults $5, children & 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. Picnic area.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Rt. 519, Sussex, 973-875-5800. April-Oct.: Daily 9-5pm. Closed Nov.-April. Adults $15.50, srs. $14.50, ages 3-12 $11, 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. An 11-building museum houses over 50,000 items of "Americana." Miniature golf; playground; picnic area; pizza restaurant; parties.
Selected Special Events
Junior Zookeeper Day, ages 5-15 assist Zookeeper Lori with daily animal care.
Teddy Bear Day, free child's admission when you bring a teddy bear with you. Child must be accompanied by a paid adult.
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3100. Daily 10-4:45. Children's Center open year-round, weather permitting. Adults $8, srs. $6, ages 3-14 $5, under 3 & members free. Free on Wed. 2-4:45. Small zoo encompassing one square city block offers year-round entertainment as 90% of exhibits are indoors, including South American tropical forest, Aquarium, a Serpentarium housing amazing reptiles, and African Savannah. You can purchase food to feed the domestic farm animals in the outdoor Children's Center. Pony, cart rides, snack bar. Workshops for ages 4 and up; summer camp; Careers with Animals workshops for grades 6-9; Breakfast with the Beasts. Education schedule available each season (718-442-3174).
Donation Day, admission by donation Wed. after 2pm.
Sat & Sun
Animal talk & touch presentations, 1pm.
Reptiles feeding time, Sun. 2:30pm.
Reptile Wing, houses 120 species of reptiles and features 2-level alligator pool, interactive exhibition space and "Fear Zone," an exhibit designed to dispel common myths about reptiles.
Amur Leopard Habitat, the world's rarest cat.
Selected Summer Special Events
Atka the Wolf Visits the Zoo, one-hr. presentation, wolf crafts, activities. 12-1 and 2-3.
Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing. 12-3. Mulberry paper provided or bring your own plain t-shirt.
ZooQuest!, scavenger hunt & trivia. 12-3.
Dinosaurs & Fossils, fossil digs, rubbings, learn about local history and finds. 12-3.
Penguin Visit, learn all about penguins and see a visiting penguin from Jenkinson's Aquarium. 12-3.
Origami USA, paper folding. 12-3.
Serpent Day, keeper talks and presentations. 12-3.
Animal Photography, workshop with professional photographer, John Ares. 12-3.
Forensic Entomology, looking for clues in nature. 12-3.
Animal Training Demonstrations, 12-3.
Monkey Monkey Music, 12-3.
Turtle Back Zoo
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. April-Nov. 30: Mon.-Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 11-5:30. Adults $11, children 2-12/srs. $8, under 2 free. Reduced admission off-season, Dec.-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 and Sting Ray exhibit, an aviary, reptile center, aquarium, Essex Farm with petting zoo and pony rides, train ride, carousel, picnic area, playground and Zoo Cafe. Group programs; outreach; children's programs; Turtle Back Tots programs; volunteen program; zoo camp; birthday parties; special events throughout the year.
Year-round Carousel Park, concession stands, restrooms and picnic area. Carousel $2.
McLoone's Boathouse, waterfront family dining.
Treetop Adventure Course, visitors traverse platforms built in the trees using rope bridges, zip lines and other challenging features. Must be at least 54 in. tall and under 250 lbs. Adult course $25, junior $15, zipline $10 (min. age 6). Reservations can be made online. A signed Participant Agreement form is required.
Mini-Golf Safari, 19-hole miniature golf course deisgned in the shape of the African continent.
Turtle Back Tots, toddler & infant programs.
Selected Special Events
Special event dates subject to change, call ahead to confirm.
Family Fun Nights, extended hours until 8:30pm June 25 to Aug. 27. Live entertainment many evenings.
Brew at the Zoo, 75 craft brews & live entertainment. Ages 21 & over only. 6-9pm.
Joisey Devils, rockabilly concert. 5:30-7:30.
Jul 13, Sep 21, Oct 5
Tycoon Dog Band, live music.
Jul 17, Aug 22, Sep 12
Night Moves, guided tour of zoo at night. Pre-registration required. $7.
World Lizard Day, talks & activities. 11-4.
Sunhill Band, live music.