Go Wild for Wildlife!

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Whether you love tall, plant-eating giraffes or quirky pink flamingos, a zoo is sure to be exciting. Spend time with the family all while learning about wildlife and exotic species.... it can't get much better than that! New Jersey is home to twelve zoos, and we don't want you to miss any.

Unique Hands-on Experience with Wildlife!

What sets Rizzo's Wildlife World apart from other zoos in NJ is the hands-on, multi-sensory interactive experience they create for all guests! They also offer birthday party services, and will bring the animals to your location for a live animal show.

Rizzos Wildlife World

  973-586-0444 | Morris County

Roxbury, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

Want to hang out with lizards, snakes and other creatures? Welcome to Rizzo's Wildlife World! Their 4,700 square foot facility houses over 100 animals. Meet Butterscotch the albino Burmese Python, Rico the chinchilla, Spike the alligator snapping turtle and all of Rizzo's animal friends at this wildlife and nature center. Their... Read More

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Awesome Zoo to Bring Kids to in Northern NJ!

The efforts made by The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to educate and inform the public about animals is outstanding. Their brand new Sea Turtle Recovery program includes a Turtle Rehabilitation Center for guests to see.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

  973-731-5800 | Essex County

West Orange, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

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... Read More

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Mini Zoo Located inside of an Educational Museum

The LIberty Science Center features two min-zoo exhibitions inside of their Jersey City location. The "Eat and Be Eaten" exhibit has animals like naked mole rats and cotton-top tamarin monkeys and explores how they have adapted to survive in the wild. The "Our Hudson Home" exhibit features a really awesome experience where guests can view and even touch some of the thousands of species living in the Hudson River.

Liberty Science Center

  201-200-1000 | Hudson County

Jersey City, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

What's new in LSC's mini zoo? Naked mole rats! They look like Silly Putty and live in colonies with a queen like bees. These little guys are helping scientists figure out the secrets of aging and cancer prevention.\nCome say hi, and don't miss the bearded dragon, tamarin monkeys, blowfish, leaf-cutter ants and... Read More

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Central NJ Zoo Refuge for Injured Wildlife

The Popcorn Park Zoo is so unique because it was created specifically as a refuge for wildlife in need of care. The zoo has all kinds of exotic animals such as Bengal tigers, Pythons, many different types of monkies, and more. American wildlife includes an American black bear, cougars, bobcats, and more. There are also farm animals and birds on site for guests to view and interact with.

Popcorn Park Zoo

  609-693-1900 | Ocean County

Forked River, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

The Popcorn Park Zoo is 7 spacious acres in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, injured, or had been exploited by illegal ownership, which could no longer survive in a natural habitat. Over 200 of... Read More

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A FREE Beach that is Close to the Beach in Cape May County NJ!

This zoo in southern NJ has over 550 animals to explore. The Cape May County Zoo takes great care in ensuring that animals are treated with respect and that visitors get the best education on their well-being. It is one of the most well-known and respected zoos in the state.

Cape May County Zoo

  609-465-5271 | Cape May County

Cape May, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

The Cape May County Zoo is so much more than just a place to see a cute monkey - it is an educational center where wildlife is treated with the utmost respect, where preservation and health and education are vital. As their Mission states, \"Our mission is to support the animal residents of the Cape May County Zoo while at the same... Read More

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A Great Small Zoo in Northern NJ!

What makes the Bergen County Zoological Park unique is that it only exhibits animals native to North and South America. Some of their animals include: mountain lions, bobcats, bald eagles, aquatic turtles, the American Elk, and so much more!

Bergen County Zoological Park

  201-262-3771 | Bergen County

Paramus, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

The Bergen County Zoo is a little different from other bigger zoos, because it only exhibits animals which are native to North and South America. The zoo has mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. This is a wonderful place for school and troop field trips because they offer so many educational programs for... Read More

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New Jersey's First Ever Zoo

The Cohanzick Zoo began in 1934 as New Jersey's first ever zoo! While they are a smaller zoo, spanning across only 15 acres, they do have 45 species from all over the world to view and learn about. This is also a free zoo!

Cohanzick Zoo

  856-455-3230 | Cumberland County

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

In 1934, the City found itself in possession of a small herd of deer which the citizens thought should be exhibited. With this, the Cohanzick Zoo - the first zoo in New Jersey - began. The zoo was named for the band of Lenape Indians who resided in Bridgeton alongside the river.\nJoin the Cohanzick Zoological... Read More

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Tour a Natural Wolf Preserve in Northern NJ!

An experience of a lifetime awaits you at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ. See wolves in their natural habitats and learn about their eating habits, social structure, and their impact on humans. The preserve also offers tours and photography sessions that include coming face to face with wolves!

Lakota Wolf Preserve

  877-733-9653 | Warren County

Columbia, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

Even though the wolf has not abundantly inhabited New Jersey for a century, here at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, wolves can be seen in their natural surroundings, where they are protected, preserved, respected and so importantly NOT FEARED!\nThe preserve began when Wildlife photographer Dan Bacon allowed his... Read More

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Experience New Jersey's Only Wildlife Safari!

The coolest part of the Safari Off Road Adventure at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ is Camp Aventura. Guests can extend their visit to the safari by hoppinf off the truck to zip line over the safari, feed giraffes by hand, or even pet some other fun animals. 

Six Flags \/ Safari Off Road Adventure

  732-928-1821 | Ocean County

Jackson, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

Visit the largest safari outside of Africa. This 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species. The ride transports guests off-road where you will be up close to many of the animals. You will experience awesome encounters with many different types of animals. Plus, kids get to learn about... Read More

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An Awesome Day Trip for the Entire Family!

While the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Basking Ridge NJ is not necessarily a zoo, we included it on our list because of it's abundance of awesome wildlife habitat. The refuge consists of varied habitats spread out across 7,600 acres of land and has quickly become home to over 244 species of birds.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

  973-425-1222 | Somerset County

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world, and it's steeped in history. Located in Morris County, the refuge was established by an act of Congress on... Read More

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Learn about Fish at a Cool Hatchery in Northern NJ!

While the Pequest Trout Hatchery is not techinally a zoo, it is an awesome educational learning resource for kids and adults alike. Learn about how more than 600,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout are raised to stock the public waters of NJ each year. 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

  908-637-4173 | Warren County

Oxford, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

Although not a zoo, we have included The Pequest Trout Hatchery because it is a great learning resource for kids and adults alike in NJ.\nThe Pequest Trout Hatchery, located in scenic Warren County, is a state-of-the-art Natural Resource Education Center where you can learn about fish and wildlife in our great... Read More

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One of the Largest Zoos in Northern NJ!

Space Farms is a great place for families to visit because not only are they a zoo with over 100 different species and 500 different animals, but they are also an educational museum with over 50,000 artifacts. They even have special events including snake handling, baby animal nursery feedings, a playground, and discussion groups.

Space Farms Zoo & Museum

  973-875-5800 | Sussex County

Sussex, New Jersey

Zoos in NJ

If you've never been to Space Farms Zoo and Museum, it's certainly worth a visit! There are more than 500 animals (100 different species) including lions, tigers, kangaroos, snakes, monkeys and bear at Space Farms and the awesome educational museum is filled with more than 50,000 artifacts of early American history. Unlike a big... Read More

Visit Website View Details

Unique Hands-on Experience with Wildlife!

What sets Rizzo's Wildlife World apart from other zoos in NJ is the hands-on, multi-sensory interactive experience they create for all guests! They also offer birthday party services, and will bring the animals to your location for a live animal show.

Rizzos Wildlife World

 973-586-0444 | Morris County

Zoos in NJ

Roxbury, New Jersey

Want to hang out with lizards, snakes and other creatures? Welcome to Rizzo's Wildlife World! Their 4,700 square foot facility houses over 100 animals. Meet Butterscotch the albino Burmese Python, Rico the chinchilla, Spike the alligator snapping turtle and all of Rizzo's animal friends at this wildlife and nature center. Their... Read More

View Details

Awesome Zoo to Bring Kids to in Northern NJ!

The efforts made by The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to educate and inform the public about animals is outstanding. Their brand new Sea Turtle Recovery program includes a Turtle Rehabilitation Center for guests to see.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

 973-731-5800 | Essex County

Zoos in NJ

West Orange, New Jersey

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... Read More

View Details

Mini Zoo Located inside of an Educational Museum

The LIberty Science Center features two min-zoo exhibitions inside of their Jersey City location. The "Eat and Be Eaten" exhibit has animals like naked mole rats and cotton-top tamarin monkeys and explores how they have adapted to survive in the wild. The "Our Hudson Home" exhibit features a really awesome experience where guests can view and even touch some of the thousands of species living in the Hudson River.

Liberty Science Center

 201-200-1000 | Hudson County

Zoos in NJ

Jersey City, New Jersey

What's new in LSC's mini zoo? Naked mole rats! They look like Silly Putty and live in colonies with a queen like bees. These little guys are helping scientists figure out the secrets of aging and cancer prevention.\nCome say hi, and don't miss the bearded dragon, tamarin monkeys, blowfish, leaf-cutter ants and... Read More

View Details

Central NJ Zoo Refuge for Injured Wildlife

The Popcorn Park Zoo is so unique because it was created specifically as a refuge for wildlife in need of care. The zoo has all kinds of exotic animals such as Bengal tigers, Pythons, many different types of monkies, and more. American wildlife includes an American black bear, cougars, bobcats, and more. There are also farm animals and birds on site for guests to view and interact with.

Popcorn Park Zoo

 609-693-1900 | Ocean County

Zoos in NJ

Forked River, New Jersey

The Popcorn Park Zoo is 7 spacious acres in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, injured, or had been exploited by illegal ownership, which could no longer survive in a natural habitat. Over 200 of... Read More

View Details

A FREE Beach that is Close to the Beach in Cape May County NJ!

This zoo in southern NJ has over 550 animals to explore. The Cape May County Zoo takes great care in ensuring that animals are treated with respect and that visitors get the best education on their well-being. It is one of the most well-known and respected zoos in the state.

Cape May County Zoo

 609-465-5271 | Cape May County

Zoos in NJ

Cape May, New Jersey

The Cape May County Zoo is so much more than just a place to see a cute monkey - it is an educational center where wildlife is treated with the utmost respect, where preservation and health and education are vital. As their Mission states, \"Our mission is to support the animal residents of the Cape May County Zoo while at the same... Read More

View Details

A Great Small Zoo in Northern NJ!

What makes the Bergen County Zoological Park unique is that it only exhibits animals native to North and South America. Some of their animals include: mountain lions, bobcats, bald eagles, aquatic turtles, the American Elk, and so much more!

Bergen County Zoological Park

 201-262-3771 | Bergen County

Zoos in NJ

Paramus, New Jersey

The Bergen County Zoo is a little different from other bigger zoos, because it only exhibits animals which are native to North and South America. The zoo has mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. This is a wonderful place for school and troop field trips because they offer so many educational programs for... Read More

View Details

New Jersey's First Ever Zoo

The Cohanzick Zoo began in 1934 as New Jersey's first ever zoo! While they are a smaller zoo, spanning across only 15 acres, they do have 45 species from all over the world to view and learn about. This is also a free zoo!

Cohanzick Zoo

 856-455-3230 | Cumberland County

Zoos in NJ

Bridgeton, New Jersey

In 1934, the City found itself in possession of a small herd of deer which the citizens thought should be exhibited. With this, the Cohanzick Zoo - the first zoo in New Jersey - began. The zoo was named for the band of Lenape Indians who resided in Bridgeton alongside the river.\nJoin the Cohanzick Zoological... Read More

View Details

Tour a Natural Wolf Preserve in Northern NJ!

An experience of a lifetime awaits you at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ. See wolves in their natural habitats and learn about their eating habits, social structure, and their impact on humans. The preserve also offers tours and photography sessions that include coming face to face with wolves!

Lakota Wolf Preserve

 877-733-9653 | Warren County

Zoos in NJ

Columbia, New Jersey

Even though the wolf has not abundantly inhabited New Jersey for a century, here at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, wolves can be seen in their natural surroundings, where they are protected, preserved, respected and so importantly NOT FEARED!\nThe preserve began when Wildlife photographer Dan Bacon allowed his... Read More

View Details

Experience New Jersey's Only Wildlife Safari!

The coolest part of the Safari Off Road Adventure at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ is Camp Aventura. Guests can extend their visit to the safari by hoppinf off the truck to zip line over the safari, feed giraffes by hand, or even pet some other fun animals. 

Six Flags \/ Safari Off Road Adventure

 732-928-1821 | Ocean County

Zoos in NJ

Jackson, New Jersey

Visit the largest safari outside of Africa. This 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species. The ride transports guests off-road where you will be up close to many of the animals. You will experience awesome encounters with many different types of animals. Plus, kids get to learn about... Read More

View Details

An Awesome Day Trip for the Entire Family!

While the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Basking Ridge NJ is not necessarily a zoo, we included it on our list because of it's abundance of awesome wildlife habitat. The refuge consists of varied habitats spread out across 7,600 acres of land and has quickly become home to over 244 species of birds.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

 973-425-1222 | Somerset County

Zoos in NJ

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world, and it's steeped in history. Located in Morris County, the refuge was established by an act of Congress on... Read More

View Details

Learn about Fish at a Cool Hatchery in Northern NJ!

While the Pequest Trout Hatchery is not techinally a zoo, it is an awesome educational learning resource for kids and adults alike. Learn about how more than 600,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout are raised to stock the public waters of NJ each year. 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

 908-637-4173 | Warren County

Zoos in NJ

Oxford, New Jersey

Although not a zoo, we have included The Pequest Trout Hatchery because it is a great learning resource for kids and adults alike in NJ.\nThe Pequest Trout Hatchery, located in scenic Warren County, is a state-of-the-art Natural Resource Education Center where you can learn about fish and wildlife in our great... Read More

View Details

One of the Largest Zoos in Northern NJ!

Space Farms is a great place for families to visit because not only are they a zoo with over 100 different species and 500 different animals, but they are also an educational museum with over 50,000 artifacts. They even have special events including snake handling, baby animal nursery feedings, a playground, and discussion groups.

Space Farms Zoo & Museum

 973-875-5800 | Sussex County

Zoos in NJ

Sussex, New Jersey

If you've never been to Space Farms Zoo and Museum, it's certainly worth a visit! There are more than 500 animals (100 different species) including lions, tigers, kangaroos, snakes, monkeys and bear at Space Farms and the awesome educational museum is filled with more than 50,000 artifacts of early American history. Unlike a big... Read More

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Instead of a Zoo, Go Under the Sea!

If you or your children love animals, then you're sure to also be enchanted by aquariums. Many zoos will include fish exhibits, but if you're looking to fully dive into a trip under the sea, an aquarium is the way to go!

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