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We’re celebrating Zoo Lover’s Day today with a list of exciting nearby zoos and aquariums in the Tri-State area and more!

 

 

From New Jersey to New York to Pennsylvania and Connecticut, we’ve got you covered on fabulous roadtripping destinations.  On less than a tank of gas you can be well on your way to safari adventure or an escape to Madagascar. Wow!

 

 

Most modern day Zoos and Aquariums are focused on wildlife preservation and rehabilitation.  These facilities serve not only to entertain and delight visitors, but also to provide education and awareness for ecological and biological conservation.  Zoologists, Marine Biologists, Ecologists, and other Biological Scientists are doing their best efforts to save endangered species, understand pathology and virology, and find ways to improve conservation efforts.  Most zoos and aquariums are regulated and inspected by federal government officials, but some are smaller, independent facilities.

 

We fully support all efforts to educate the general public about the safety and wellbeing of our feathered, finned, furred, and scaly pals!  Always make sure you’re doing your research to find facilities which promote animal welfare and safety, as some zoos and animal exhibits are exploitative of animals.  The zoos on this list are some of the best local area  facilities promoting and funding critical research, rehabilitation, and reintroduction programs for exotic and local wildlife!

 

 

Whether you’re visiting for a full day or just a few hours, each of these destinations has a wondrous world for you to explore.  Be sure to check out each facility’s event schedule for movies, demonstrations, programs, and other education experiences to get the most out of your visit!  Consider a membership or donation in addition to your ticket price, as it’s support from visitors and concerned citizens which help sustain efforts to keep our global wildlife populations safe and secure!


Queens Zoo

53-51 111th Street, Corona NY
Tickets range from $7.95-$9.95; Memberships available.

 

New York Aquarium

602 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets range from $22.95-$29.95; Memberships available.

 

Central Park Zoo
East 64th Street, New York, NY

Tickets range from $10.95-$19.95; Memberships available.

 

Great Meadows Farm New York
3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Admission varies per event/activity.

 

 

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx NY

Tickets range from $29.95-$39.95; Memberships available.

 

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets range from $7.95-$9.95; Memberships available.

 

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island NY

Tickets range from $6.00-$10.00; Memberships available.

 

Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Tickets range from $9.00- $15.00

 

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

Tickets range from $21.99-$59.99; Memberships available.


 

 

Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets range from $17-$24; Memberships available.

 

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ

Tickets range from $14-$17; Memberships available.

 

Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 US 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ

Park and Zoo are FREE admission

 

Popcorn Park Animal Refuge
1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ

Tickets range from $4-$7; Free for Military; Memberships available

 

Van Saun County Park and Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue, Paramus NJ
Tickets range from $1-$8; Free for Active Duty Military

 

 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT
Tickets range from $19.95-$16.95; 4D Theater Additional $6-$7; Memberships available.

 

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT

Tickets range from $29.99-$37.99; Memberships available.

 

Maryland Zoo at Baltimore

1 Safari Place,  Baltimore, MD

Tickets range from $18-$22; Memberships available.

 

National Aquarium at Baltimore

501 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
Tickets range from $29.95-$39.95; Memberships available.

 

Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

Admission is Free; Memberships available.

 

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