Family Fun Day Out: The Best Petting Zoos in New Jersey

New Jersey is home to several petting zoos that provide fun and educational experiences for the entire family. Get up close with adorable animals, learn about their behaviors, and make lasting memories. Here’s a guide to the top petting zoos in the Garden State.

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  1. Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff: Located in Bergen County, Abma’s Farm offers a petting zoo featuring farm favorites like goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the kids’ smiling faces as they interact with the animals.
  2. Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford: This Burlington County farm features a Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm, where families can interact with animals and enjoy hayrides and play areas. Pack a picnic to enjoy after visiting the animals.
  3. Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange: Situated in Essex County, the Turtle Back Zoo is a full-scale zoo with a ‘Touch and Feel’ area where children can interact with domesticated animals like goats and sheep.
  4. Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May Court House: Located in the southern tip of the state, this park features a free zoo with a variety of animals. The park also offers a large playground perfect for a family picnic after your zoo visit.
  5. Space Farms Zoo and Museum, Sussex: A unique combination of a zoo and museum in Sussex County. Families can feed and interact with animals and later explore the museum’s collection of antique cars and Indian artifacts.

Insider Tip: Most petting zoos encourage hand washing or provide sanitizing stations after interacting with the animals for safety and hygiene. Make sure to pack some hand sanitizer just in case.

If you enjoy spending quality family time with lovable animals, consider extending your zoo adventures beyond New Jersey. Nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York also offer charming petting zoos.

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