Endangered Species Carousel — Please note, carousel is currently only open on the weekend this winter. Visitors of all ages can take a spin on our endangered species carousel. Ride on a panda, alligator, tiger or one of the 30 other rare creatures featured on this unique ride that was custom built for Turtle Back Zoo. Housed inside a beautiful classic carousel house with mosaic floors and stained glass windows, this year round attraction is perfect in any weather.  Fee: $2.

Pony Rides — Visit our newly constructed pony track. Please note, pony rides are currently only open on the weekend this winter. 

Train — CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Departing from Turtle Back Junction, the zoo’s miniature train ride takes visitors through the beautiful South Mountain Reservation. The train is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day. The train departs approximately every 15 minutes from the station, and is wheelchair accessible. Train rides are included with the price of admission. The train is closed during inclement weather and for the winter (from December 1st – March 31st).



Playground — Prehistoric Playground will be closed for construction from March 1, 2017 to April 10, 2017. These dates may be adjusted depending on weather. Located near the Essex Farm, the zoo’s playground is a fun place for children to explore and mimic some of the wild animals at the zoo. Featuring over-sized dinosaurs and plenty of climbing structures, the playground is always a hit with the children. The playground is closed during the winter and during inclement weather.


** Any animal may be off exhibit on a given day for a variety of reasons. Call the day of your visit to confirm possible closures, #973-731-5800 ex. 0. Certain animals within our zoo move to indoor holdings for the winter that are not accessible to the general public. As a full year zoo, there is still plenty to see and enjoy such as our Reptile House, Touch Tank, Aquarium, Essex Farm and other zoo favorites such as the red panda and wolves. **