There are plenty of zoos in New Jersey, but the Cape May County Park and Zoo is one that should be on your 2020 bucket list—oh, and did we mention admission is free? That’s just one of the reasons to visit as well as touring the lush landscapes, seeing over 250 different animal species, and getting in on their conservation efforts. It’s also one of the safer activities to do during COVID-19 because the spacious outdoor landscape allows for plenty of social distancing. And with new activities like a private tour, the Cape May Zoo is a must-do. Read on to find out what you need to know before you visit the zoo.
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Here are 5 things to know before visiting the Cape May Park and Zoo in NJ
The Cape May Zoo animals are from all over the world
Whether your child loves unique birds, like the black swan, or dangerous carnivores, like the African bison, there is something for everyone at the Cape May County Zoo. You can spot animals from North America, South America, Australia, and Africa, as well as exhibits featuring endangered species like the Panamanian Golden Frog. As part of their conservation efforts, the Cape May Zoo partners with other zoos around the world, and highlights how climate change and deforestation can affect species in interactive experiences throughout the zoo.
Cape May County Zoo is taking all safety precautions
Safety is top of mind during COVID-19 and the Cape May County Zoo is taking all the necessary precautions. To that end, you’ll need to wear a mask for your entire visit. All exhibits are still open except for The Reptile House and Aviary. Also, the Cape May Zoo hours are 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and it’s first-come, first-serve to accommodate for social distancing. Keep in mind there may be a wait if the zoo has reached capacity. For more information on what the Cape May County Zoo is doing to keep everyone safe, visit their website here.
The Cape May County Zoo private tour is new this year
Want to avoid the crowds or celebrate a special occasion, like your kid’s birthday? Get exclusive access before the zoo opens with a private-guided zoo tour (weather permitting, of course). The 80-minute tour requires at least 8 people and is $50 a person ( minimum charge of $200). During the one-of-a-kind tour, an experienced Zoo Educator will guide you through the exhibits and introduced you to all the various species that call the Cape May County Zoo home.
Grab a bite and pick up a Zoo Bag
Make a snack stop at the Safari Cafe, with a variety of healthy food like fresh fruit, sandwiches, and salads. You can also find kiosks selling their famous Animal Sipper Cups with lemonade, ice cream, and more. Want to take home a zoo souvenier? The gift shop has pre-order forms online for a grab-and-go bag full of gift shop favorites. Sign up to pre-pay, and pick up your treasures from the shop before you leave—all proceeds benefit the zoo and its animals.
Donations are always appreciated at Cape May Zoo
One of the best things about the Cape May County Park and Zoo is their mission to educate families about animals and other forms of wildlife. That means offering free admission and providing lots of information about their conservation efforts. Since it’s a nonprofit organization, donating to the Cape May County Zoological Society will ensure the zoo provides an amazing experience for everyone. These funds go towards developing new exhibits, improving facilities, and making acquisitions to the animal collection, along with conservation that keeps families coming back generation after generation.
Adopt one of the Cape May Zoo animals
Want to keep your memories of the zoo and all that learned there? Your family can adopt a Cape May Zoo animal to provide its care for an entire year. Your contributions will go towards food and medical care for the animal (this also makes a great gift hint, hint). Once you decide on the animal, you’ll receive a special “adoption” certificate, a photo and a plush stuffie of the newest member of your family.
Cape May Zoo Hours
Open every day from 10 AM to 4:30 PM
707 US 9
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210