VISITOR INFO

Admission & Hours

Admission Rates

Adult

13 and over

$14

Child

2-12

$12

Senior

62 and over

$12

Baby

Under 2

FREE

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RESERVE YOUR ZOO ADMISSION SPOT

As you know, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo is continually renovating and upgrading to create a fun, safe and educational experience for our customers. You may now notice a “fee” on your transaction. This has previously been a part of your zoo admission, but our online ticketing now has been updated to include this fee as a separate line item on the ticketing side.

The funds generated are specifically allocated to be used on enhancements at the South Mountain Recreational Complex. The fee is $2.00 per paid ticket type. Free tickets do not incur a fee. We thank you for your support. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at #973-731-5800 x0.

NEW COVID UPDATE

Face coverings are REQUIRED while indoors. This includes, but is not limited to: Reptile House, Touch Tank, Penguin House, Gift Shop, Cafe, etc.

 

Per our County Health Inspector & Zoo Veterinary Staff guidelines, guests will be required to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth at certain animal interactions (please be prepared to bring your own).

Face coverings are optional when outdoors on regular zoo grounds.

Hours

10am – 3pm

*Park remains open for 1 hour after last admission for regular hours. 
Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. 

The Zoo is open Rain or Shine, so please plan your trip accordingly.

Please note our train is undergoing some maintenance repairs and will be open weekends only after Labor Day.

FREE Parking

There are various parking lots and garages throughout The South Mountain Recreation Complex that provide FREE parking.

Rentals

Single Stroller            $7
Double Stroller         $10

LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR THAT ZOO FAN?

GRAB A ZOO GIFT CARD!

Gift Cards can be redeemed only for Zoo General Admission and Zoo Education Programming. Gift Cards CANNOT be used to purchase: Zoo Membership, Gift Shop merchandise, Café or other food offerings. Gift Cards expire December 31, 2022. Gift Cards cannot be redeemed for cash. Gift Card will be sent via email for redemption. Please allow 48 hours for e-gift card to be activated.

PURCHASE A GIFT CARD
UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Please Review the Exhibit Closures, new policies and procedures and other guidelines for your next visit to the Zoo.

Learn More Here

Links to Ticketing for General Admission and Zoo Members above

Turtle Back Zoo

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