The Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963, and in September 2006, it was granted accreditation by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. This distinct honor places Turtle Back Zoo among the elite zoos and aquaria of the United States and means that the zoo adheres to the highest standards for zoos in the country. Read about the exciting history of the zoo, including how it received its name, its connection to the great children's story teller, Hans Christian Anderson, and the continuing master plan and mission for its future.
With tons of exhibits, including alligators, prairie dogs, wolves and penguins, there is something for everyone at this zoo. The zoo runs events every month; exciting workshops, awareness weeks, live animal presentations and so much more.
Take a photo at the zoo photo booth, and try the penny Machine to get a flattened penny stamped with the animal of your choice, plus the words "Turtle Back Zoo." A portion of the proceeds from the penny machine goes to the Zoological Society for the care and purchase of zoo animals! You can also support the zoo by participating in fund raising events to purchase equipment for the animals, or make a tax-deductible donation.
From tasty snacks to a full lunch menu, the zoo cafe has it all. Located at the zoo entrance, the fully stocked gift shop has the perfect souvenir for everyone. Make sure to bring home a memory today!
Have any kind of party you want at the zoo! Birthday party, corporate event, or family reunion! Choose from a number of indoor and outdoor facilities and choose your own menu!
A new spectacular turn of the century style Carousel Park and Picnic Area opened this year! Skilled artisans crafted, sculpted and hand-painted each figure of the Endangered Species Carousel in exquisite detail!
If you would like to plan your day at the zoo ahead of time, print out a copy of the zoo map before you go! The zoo is open Monday - Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM, Sunday 11AM to 5:30PM. Admission is $8 adults, $4 children and seniors, children under 2 free.