Best Zoo New Jersey

Maria Garcia
• Saturday, 26 December, 2020
• 9 min read

In total, Adventure Aquarium houses 8,500 aquatic species in two million gallons of water, including the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. This summer, the aquarium celebrates Nile hippos Button and Kenny with a renovated home and new neighbors.

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Reopened September 4, 2021, with online reservations Conveniently located within the day trip–worthy Van San Park, little zookeepers-in-training can explore wild and domestic animals such as bison, lions, reptiles, birds, and farm friends throughout the smaller-scaled, shady grounds. In July and August, the zoo’s outdoor amphitheater presents live animal shows.

Beyond visiting the animals, you can take a spin on the carousel, try the 25-foot rock climbing wall, and enjoy a scenic train ride around the park. Kid-friendly programming includes scavenger hunts, critter crafts, and junior zookeeper camps.

Reopened July 2020 Billed as NJ’s first zoo, this 1,000-acre facility located 45 minutes from downtown Philadelphia and Atlantic City features more than 200 animals. The newest residents are leopard cub sisters Nadia and Shari, who recently celebrated their first birthday.

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grove overlooking the scenic raceway that runs through the park. Step right off the boardwalk into this aquatic oasis featuring sharks, penguins, alligators, seals, and plenty of fish.

A wide range of educational programs held throughout the year includes Lunch with a Keeper for a behind-the-scenes tour, Tea By the Sea, and annual events celebrating World Oceans Day and Shark Week. Open from dawn to dusk daily, this lovely playground zoo is quiet, quaint, and best of all, free.

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Here, kids can meet and feed pigs, deer, a mini horse, goats, llamas, and an emu. There is also a robust calendar of events, full of buzz worthy activities offering hands-on opportunities to interact with insects, as well as fun contests and yoga for kids.

Enjoy a scenic, 30-minute hike from the parking area to the preserve, or hop on the shuttle bus. Residents include black bears, bobcats, camels, and wallabies, as well as reptiles and tortoises.

Every animal here was rescued from suffering or exploitation and rehabilitated, and you’ll learn their stories as you explore the zoo. Currently, there are about 50 hawks, eagles, and owls in residence, and visitors have the opportunity observe these gorgeous creatures at close range.

Kids can meet reptiles and other creatures at Rizzo's Wildlife World in Morris County. While Rizzo’s has been wowing kids at birthday parties and schools across NJ for more than a decade, now everyone can meet the reptiles, snakes, and alligators at this Morris County nature center.

Popular residents include Butterscotch, a 15-foot-long Burmese python, Rocket, a feisty ferret, and a legless lizard named Slinky. Making a splash in Middlesex County this fall, Request Woodbridge will be a 24,000-square-foot, hands-on global sea life education and entertainment experience.

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Kids can travel all around the world, from the Caribbean to the Mayan jungle, a rainforest to an Icelandic fishing village, and even to the Great Wall of China, all while meeting and greeting all the animals that call these habitats home. Wait times can exceed two-and-a-half hours on busy days, so if animal encounters are on your must-do list, head here first before jumping on any roller-coasters or sliding into Hurricane Harbor.

During the 45-minute interactive ride along the 4.5-mile trail, you'll meet 1,200 animals from six continents, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, and Carl, a new Siberian tiger cub. Reopened with walk-through online reservations for the rest of 2020 Just as cool as its name suggests, this 100-acre complex is home to more than 500 wild animals including leopards, jaguars, lemurs, buffalo, monkeys, llamas, and snakes, making it the largest private collection of North American animals in their natural surroundings in the U.S. Stroll the grassy grounds with free-roaming chickens, ducks, and geese, and stop by special-access areas where kids can feed the animals.

Kids can interact with horses, goats, and pigs at the Essex Farm exhibit, hop on the zoo train for a scenic ride through the beautiful South Mountain Reservation, ride a pony, or go for a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel. At this day trip –worthy spots, little animal lovers can meet their favorite furry friend, check out exotic wildlife from other continents, or swim with the sharks (yes, really!).

We've rounded up the best places in the Garden State for New Jersey kids to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with animals of every kind. Zoos that are opening to the public may require masks and online reservations to ensure social distancing.

While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. The rankings were based on thousands of user reviews and this beloved South Jersey gem seems to be a visitor favorite.

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Guests think so highly of the zoo that its glowing reviews beat out much larger destinations, earning it a TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award. The zoo is home to 550 animals, representing 250 species including the African Lion, Cheetah, Giraffe, Cotton Top Tamarin, Red Panda and Snow Leopard.

It offers a colorful carousel, rock climbing wall, mini-train, honey bee haven and beekeeper presentation, photo booth and birds of prey show. Other amenities include a gift shop and full service dining at Safari Café.

You'll find more than just hot dogs here with menu items including BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Funnel Cakes, Fresh Fruit and Ice Cream. The aerial course is completely safe and lets you explore the lush greenery from a unique perspective.

Upcoming events include Global Tiger Day (July 29th), featuring tiger-themed programs, activities and talks, Yoga at the Zoo (July 31st) and the kid-approved Pokemon GO day at the Zoo (August 5th) with prizes and more. Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state.

After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management. Zoos In New Jersey are great to have some fun with nature, animals & loved ones.

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New Jersey is not just home to historical Native American tribes, it is also a haven of wildlife reserves. There are dozens of zoos in New Jersey, some of which cover as much as 4,700 square foot facilities.

Take a look below and find some great New Jersey zoos to visit and enjoy. It offers free parking and extends operating hours by 30 minutes after the last admission.

• Wolf Woods • Big Cat Country • Reptile House • Black Bear Exhibit It has helped projects like population studies of threatened Wood Turtles and conservation initiatives for the Golden-Cheeked Warbler in Honduras.

The zoo offers fun activities like mini trains. It has zip lines, ferry packages, aerial obstacles, and night climbing activities.

The park has food shops where you can buy snacks to reinvigorate you during the tour. The zoo showcases wild animals from other countries like South Korea’s Elk herd, Africa’s spotted hyenas, Japan’s Hokkaido bears, and much more.

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You will find vehicles made as early as the 1900s, mostly coming from Ford, Buick, and Chevrolet. The park is home to fun activities like Tiger Talk, river walk, and zoo camps.

You will find many interesting animals here like tigers, a New Guinea singing dog, mountain lions, and different species of monkeys. The zoo is near a golf course and a splash park, which makes it an ideal spot for families.

The thing that sets this zoo apart is that each animal has a story that will touch your heart. Though it leans heavily towards aquatic life, Jenkins on’s aquarium also has land animals.

Visit the aquarium if you want to see seals, African penguins, diamondback terrapins, coral reefs, tropical birds, sharks, and more. Adventure Aquarium has the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast.

Apart from fish and sharks, the park also showcases hippos and blue penguins. The main event of the park is the close encounter with sharks called Mermaid VIP.

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We are a 25-year-old family business that knows little of everything when it comes your family pet! Kendell Reptiles & Pets Co. 95 HALSEY ST,, Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 848-1144Krazy Creatures Pet Shop Bay wick Plaza, 333 Rte 9, Danville, NJ 08721 (732) 237-2235 Web Link | View Map snakes lizards frogs toads salamander bearded dragon reptiles bugs fish hamsters gerbils guinea pigs ferrets small animals fish tanks aquariums pet food crickets wax worms meal worms super worms rat mice feeder fish zoo med heaters lighting screen Tony Pets 780 Route 3 West,, Clifton, NJ 07012 (973) 472-3344 | View Map Ocean County Pet Center 1001 Fischer Blvd,, Toms River, NJ 08753 (732) 288-0889Ocean Gallery 980 route 22 east,, North Plainfield, NJ 07060 (908) 226-1100 Web Link Specializing In Saltwater Marine Fish and Inverts Paradise Pet, Inc 42 West Passaic Ave,, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 (973) 338-0795 Web Link | View Map RAW dog and cat food, Timberwolfflint river ranch, candidate, in nova, California natural, wellness, solid gold, Nature's Variety, Prairie, nitro, beak appetite, rosebush, abbey, king's cages, zoo med, exoteric, flukes, hand fed birds, cockatiels, lovePennsville Aquatics 182 North Broadway,, Evansville, NJ 08070 (856) 678-8600 zoo -med Coralie exoteric optical Fuller nature zone Penn play sachem marine land etc.PERCO Cherry Hill 2230 Carlton Pike West Suite 3,, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-3338 (856) 488-0643 Web Link | View Map Pet mate Getafe Frontline Littermate Precision Pet Four Paws Marin eland Advantage Proforma Greene Midwest Dr inkwell Kay tee Super Pet Fence Master Ca refresh Earlier Innate Eclipse Comfort Zone Fluvial Nature's Miracle CritterTPETCO Cinnamon 2501 Route 130 South,, Cinnamon, NJ 08077-3018 (856) 303-0944 Web Link | View Map Pet mate Getafe Frontline Littermate Precision Pet Four Paws Marin eland Advantage Proforma Greene Midwest Dr inkwell Kay tee Super Pet Fence Master Ca refresh Earlier Innate Eclipse Comfort Zone Fluvial Nature's Miracle CritterTPETCO Clifton 780 Route 3 West,, Clifton, NJ 07012 (973) 472-3344 Web Link | View Map Pet mate Getafe Frontline Littermate Precision Pet Four Paws Marin eland Advantage Proforma Greene Midwest Dr inkwell Kay tee Super Pet Fence Master Ca refresh Earlier Innate Eclipse Comfort Zone Fluvial Nature's Miracle CritterTPETCO Dept ford 1730 Clements Bridge Road,, Dept ford, NJ 08096 (856) 384-9609 Web Link | View Map Pet mate Getafe Frontline Littermate Precision Pet Four Paws Marin eland Advantage Proforma Greene Midwest Dr inkwell Kay tee Super Pet Fence Master Ca refresh Earlier Innate Eclipse Comfort Zone Fluvial Nature's Miracle CritterTPETCO East Hanover 150 State Route 10,, East Hanover, NJ 07936 (973) 515-9500 Web Link | View Map Pet mate Getafe Frontline Littermate Precision Pet Four Paws Marin eland Advantage Proforma Greene Midwest Dr inkwell Kay tee Super Pet Fence Master Ca refresh Earlier Innate Eclipse Comfort Zone Fluvial Nature's Miracle Critters Page 1 of 4(65 records) >>1234 Great food, concerts, the shore (Actual Jersey Shore cast not included, but similar morons may be found), the boardwalks, amazing parks, hiking, winter sports, dinner cruises, ocean fishing, Atlantic City, Newark Budweiser, museums, hair gel, goods, getting mugged, donating to a panhandler that claims he needs money for a bus ticket, paying some tolls on the turnpike/parkway, diners and lots more.

Make a list of your friends and what exit they live off the parkway. Visit the house that Tony from the Sopranos lives in and take a picture outside Satin Dolls (aka The Bad Bing).

(although guess it’s not free if it doesn’t work, and you get the ticket!#%) 6. Borrow some hair gel, a wife beater, a membership to Gold’s Gym, shave my chest and then hang out with some goods.

In New Jersey it stretches from the Delaware Water Gap through High Point State Park, and then on to Ramayana State Park, before entering New York. There are shelters to camp, as well as bear boxes to stash your food.

It is said to bring the feeling of what the state was like about 200 years ago (minus the bear boxes and signs). A run down industrial dinosaur town is not necessarily the place where you would expect to see a raging waterfall, but there it is, right in the middle of that urban nightmare called Paterson.

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It was also a popular place for locals to commit suicide until the original bridge was finally closed off. These falls are not only an amazing sight, but once entirely powered the cotton mills next to the raging giant.

If you enjoy nature, wildlife or photography, it’s certain to strike a chord. Yea I know it’s only like 1800 ft up, but it has breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

There are many versions, but it is said that the Jersey Devil is a hoofed bird-like creature that haunts the forest. The NJ Pine Barrens is also home to the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, containing some of the purest water in the world.

I always enjoyed the beaches more in the fall, and the water is still commonly warm. In late fall you’ll need to pull out that full suit.

Just head over to River Road and you will find a photographer’s dream. There is even a restaurant or two nearby if you want to eat and view the city from your table, but don’t expect it to be cheap.

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This museum is dedicated to the teams and individuals of all sports in New Jersey. Memorabilia of many famous professional and amateur athletes are permanent exhibits.

Well I think probably a bunch of turtles, someone’s salamander collection and maybe some pet rocks. Well the Cape May Zoo actually has 85 acres and 250 different species including snow leopards, giraffes, bald eagle, red pandas, and even the world’s largest rodent.

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