Bergen County Zoo
Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave. (Rt. 4E to Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-262-3771. 10-4:30 year-round. Train, carousel and pony rides: April-Oct. 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 and picnic areas. In-zoo programs for infants to adults; outreach programs; zoo camp, jr. zookeeper, and zoo camp for children with special needs offered in summer. Deadline for summer zoo camp applications in March.
Winter Open House, all ages. 11-3, Education/Discover Lab.
Sheep Shearing, shearing, spinning wool and weaving demonstrations. Call for new date.
Party for the Planet, annual Earth Day celebration. Free, call for date.
Live animal shows, daily in the outdoor amphitheater.
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.
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. Deer Woods, wild animal compounds, monkey house, horse and pony corral, farm; able to feed free-roaming animals. Picnic area.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Rt. 519, Sussex, 973-875-5800. April-Oct.: Daily 9-5pm. Closed Nov. -April. Adults $15, srs. $14, children 3-12 $10.50, under 3 free. Begun in 1927, Space Farms remains a privately owned collection of over 100 different species of North American wildlife. 11-building museum houses over 50,000 items of "Americana." Miniature golf; playground; picnic area; parties.
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3101. 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 & up; summer camp; Careers with Animals workshops for grades 6-9; Breakfast with the Beasts program. 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.
Meet Our Beasts, meet a sloth, binturong, tamandua, owl or snake, games, crafts, activities. 12-3pm.
Turtle Back Zoo
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. Winter hours: Daily 10-3:30. Adults $9, children 2-12/srs. $7, under 2 free. April-Nov. 30: Mon.-Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 11-5:30. Adults $11, children 2-12/srs. $8, under 2 free. Memberships available. 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, 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.
Sea Lion & Sting Ray Exhibit, is open.
Turtle Back Tots, toddler & infant programs.
Selected Special Events
Please call ahead to confirm special event dates.
Thru Jan 5
Holiday Lights Spectacular, the zoo is illuminated by lights and holiday displays 5-9pm. Donations of non-perishable food items, unwrapped toys and new or gently used winter coats are appreciated. Free admission.
Appreciate a Dragon Day.
Ground Hog Day.
Application Deadline for Summer Volunteen Program, open to teens 14-17 yrs. old.
AZA Party for the Planet.
International Migratory Bird Day.
AZA Endangered Species Day.
AZA World Oceans Day.
International Pigeon Day.