New Jersey Zoos

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by

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If so we’re so happy you have found Jersey Family Fun. Our things to do in New Jersey series and our Places to Visit in New Jersey series continues with a look at New Jersey zoos. In New Jersey, we are fortunate to have zoos in North Jersey, Central Jersey, and South Jersey. On a sunny day one of our favorite things to do is pick a zoo in New Jersey and plan a visit.

cousins on first trip to Cape May Zoo

My oldest son on his first field trip. He was 3 weeks old, now he’s 6. :) @Jersey Family Fun

Did you know that in New Jersey we even have zoos that offer free admission? Below we’ve listed New Jersey Zoos by region and county. For each NJ zoo we have provided with you basic details: address, exhibit details, admission fee and when and if they offer free admission. If zoo information is available online, you can link to it by clicking on its name. We have visited many of these local zoos ourselves, with our family. You’ll find our New Jersey zoo reviews linked up and listed below with each zoo.

This is an ongoing list. If you have a zoo we should add please email them to

New Jersey Zoos photo credit Jersey Family Fun

New Jersey Zoos

North Jersey Zoos

  • Bergen County Zoos

    • Bergen County Zoo – The Bergen County Zoo is located at 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus. It is open every day, 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Adult admission is $8, children over 3 is $5. Reduced admission is available for Bergen County residents. Bergen County Zoo admission is free from November – April. The Bergen County Zoo is small but friendly! See birds, cows, snakes, lizards and more. The zoo offers a series of educational programs and public events as well.
      • Read more about this zoo in Northern New Jersey in our review of Bergen County Zoo or our articles about Bergen County Zoo.
      • Visit the Bergen County Zoo website.
Bergen County Zoo train

All aboard for the Bergen County Zoo!

  • Essex County Zoos

    • Turtle Back Zoo  – The Turtle Back Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. It is open 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Turtle Back Zoo admission is $14 for adults. Children ages 2-12 and seniors are $12. In recent years the Turtle Back Zoo has changed … for the better! With a new African Adventure area, a Treetop Adventure course, the Touch Tank and the train everyone loves, a day at Turtle Back Zoo will be one your family won’t forget.

Turtle Back Zoo prairie dog exhibit photo credit jersey family fun

Central New Jersey Zoos

  • Sussex County Zoos 

    • Space Farm Zoo – The Space Farm Zoo is located at 218 County Road 519, Sussex. It is open seasonally (usually March – November) 9 AM – 5 PM. Adult admission is $19.50, children 3 – 12 are $16. 500 animals await you at Space Farm Zoo and Museum! Come for the animal feedings or the parrot show, and stay all day at this iconic zoo that’s been a North Jersey staple since 1927.
      • Read more about this Central Jersey zoo in our review of Space Farm Zoo, coming soon.
      • Visit the Space Farm Zoo website.

South Jersey Zoos

These first two Southern New Jersey zoos offer free admission.

  • Cape May County Zoos

    • Cape May County Park & Zoo – The Cape May County Park & Zoo is located at 707 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, New Jersey. It is open daily 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Winter. Who doesn’t love FREE, and admission to the Cape May County Park & Zoo is just that – FREE! What a great low cost outing for your family with more than 30 animals, a train, carousel and reptile house. Don’t miss their fun events like Crafts With Critters and Giraffe Feedings.
      • What we love most about Cape May County Zoo.
        • Offers FREE Admission
        • Provides animals with large open spaces. The giraffes, zebras, buffalo, and more really have room to roam free.
        • There are awesome playgrounds out front for every age level.
        • Best place to see giraffes and bald eagles.
      • Read more about this South Jersey zoo in our review of Cape May County Park & Zoo or articles about Cape May County Zoo.
      • Visit the Cape May County Park & Zoo website.
Big Zebra at cape may zoo photo credit Jersey family fun

A zebra grazing at the Cape May County Zoo.

  • Cumberland County Zoos

    • Cohanzick Zoo – The Cohanzick Zoo is located at 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton. Admission is Free! It is open 9 AM – 4 PM Fall-Winter and 9 AM – 5 PM Spring and Summer. Check out New Jersey’s FIRST zoo! There are over 100 animals in 15 acres and lots of fun to be had.  Pack a lunch and enjoy a day out among the black bear, emu, donkey and more.
Cohanzick Zoo Selfie

Cohanzick Zoo Selfie

More Zoos in Southern New Jersey

  • Ocean County Zoos
    • Popcorn Park Zoo – The Popcorn Park Zoo is located at 1 Humane Way, Forked River. It is open 11 AM – 5 PM, 7 days a week. Adult admission is $7, seniors and children under 12 are $4. Popcorn Park Zoo is not like other New Jersey zoos – all their animals are rescued. From peacocks to tigers, the Popcorn Park Zoo provides a service to the animals it houses, and the guests who learn about their mission by seeing these special animals regain their lives.
      • What we love most about Popcorn Park Zoo
        • Provides a refuge for animals that have been neglected or abused.
        • Large pathways make it easy and safe for the kids to run from exhibit to exhibit.
        • Best place to see bears and camels.
      • Read more about this South Jersey zoo in our review of Popcorn Park Zoo or our articles about Popcorn Park Zoo.
    • Visit the Popcorn Park Zoo website.

Popcorn Park Zoo, peacocks

Other Places to View Animals in New Jersey

New Jersey zoos

Pennsylvania Zoos near New Jersey

New York Zoos near New Jersey

Where is your favorite place to see animals?

Click over here to read all of our blog posts about New Jersey & other local zoos. For more family friendly activities in New Jersey visit these blog posts:

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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