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Turtle Back Zoo — Who Knew?!

This past weekend we did a Saturday field trip to New Jersey to a place called Turtle Back Zoo. A quick 14 mile drive from lower Manhattan, the large 15-acre zoo has over 850 animals and it was a truly incredible place to spend the afternoon. Not only was I blown away by the huge selection of animals but I also loved that they had large and open natural spaces to roam around in. It almost felt like visiting a giant rural farm and I was surprised at times how close you could actually get to the animals.

When you are done checking out all the animals there are a bunch of other great things to do: a Carousel, a climbing area with slides, pony rides, even an old-fashioned train that takes you on a five minute ride around a nearby reservoir. We loved every second of our visit and on a sunny weekend day it wasn’t crowded at all! Heads up: If your kids complain about walking (like mine constantly do) definitely bring a stroller. You can also rent cute little wagons for $7.00. The one major downside is the café, which is sadly chock full of really gross fast-food so be sure to pack a lunch. Dare I say it… New Jersey wins again, first with a great museum and now with a zoo!


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