Find 500 Animals at the Space Farms Drive Thru Zoo

Posted on: May 21st, 2020 by

Isn’t it awesome what a little ingenuity and creativity can do?! Months ago, when everything started shutting down, I really worried what this summer might look like. But then slowly, I started to see rays of sunshine and hope. Every day we get more great news. Today, I am delighted to share that Space Farms Drive Thru Zoo is open for some safe summer fun in New Jersey.

With ingenuity, creativity, and patience, Space Farms made lemonade from lemons and found a way to make their zoo one that could offer families a unique and safe experience.

Space Farms Drive Thru Zoo is open!!

This family-owned zoo will begin it’s 93rd season in 2020 and is run by third and fourth generation relatives of founder Ralph Space. It has 500 animals from 100 different species. It’s closed for regular admissions, but IS open for something new.

Drive-thru opens tomorrow at 9am. Reserve your tickets at spacefarms.com 🚗🦁🐻🐯🐵

Posted by Space Farms Zoo & Museum on Thursday, May 21, 2020

About the Space Farms Drive Thru Zoo

Space Farms is located at 218 County Road 519 in Sussex, New Jersey.

Space Farms is pleased to offer a whole new temporary drive through experience. They plotted out a driving route through the property to accommodate visitors beginning May 22, 2020. To keep guests safe the state of NJ granted them permission to operate as a drive through.

The drive thru zoo will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, and the last admission is at 4 pm.

a fox stands in the grass at a zoo drive thru in New Jersey
Photo by Dmitriy Demidovich

How do I get tickets to the drive thru zoo at Space Farms?

Tickets will be available on Space Farms website. Tickets are required for entry, and must be booked online. Please have your confirmation email ready when you arrive. Tickets are only valid for the date of the original reservation. Open rain or shine.

How much will it cost?

The admission price for the drive thru zoo is $25 per carload for up to 4 people. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Season passes are good for the drive-thru and then the walk-thru once that’s available. Tickets will be released each week.

How long is the drive thru zoo?

Guests are invited to enjoy driving through the farm at their own pace. The drive through experience is 1 mile long and each vehicle may go around twice during their hour time slot.

What kinds of animals are there?

Baby grizzly bears were born during the shut down and will be available for viewing in person at the drive-thru. North American wildlife including bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks, snakes all should be available to see.

See baby grizzly bears at the Space Farms Drive Thru zoo.
Photo by Janko Ferlic

Guests are required to remain in their cars with their vehicles being 6 ft apart. You must stay in your vehicle at all times. Please follow directional arrows, no passing, no horn honking and remain on the roadway.

How long will the drive thru zoo be available?

It’s not clear how long the drive thru experience will be available. Tickets are being sold on a week-by-week basis in the hopes they will be able to transition back to regular walk through visitors soon.

Are there bathrooms available?

No, Space Farms is not allowed to offer restrooms during the drive through experience.

How can I learn more?

To learn more visit their website, www.spacefarms.com/zoo for up-to-date information or call (973) 875-5800.

See snakes at Space Farms Drive Thru Zoo
Photo by Jan Kopřiva

Need more ideas for safe activities for kids in New Jersey?

Take a look at these articles on safe things to do in New Jersey with kids.

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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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