Cape May County Zoo Is One Of Our Favorite Things To Do In New Jersey And Here’s Why


There are plenty of zoos in New Jersey, but the Cape May County Park and Zoo is one that should be on your 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 speciesand getting in on their conservation efforts. And with 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

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Admire the majestic cheetah in person via @revcapeljr

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.

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You won’t believe your eyes when you see these larger-than-life creatures via @capemaycountyzoo

The Cape May County Zoo private tour is a must do

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Get up close and personal with exotic animals via @vesper889

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 introduce you to all the various species that call the Cape May County Zoo home.

Grab a bite and stop by the gift shop

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The smiles are never-ending at the Cape May County Zoo via @toodrippyzai

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 souvenir? The gift shop has treasures from the shop before you leave—all proceeds benefit the zoo and its animals.

Donations are always appreciated at Cape May Zoo

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Don’t forget to snap a pic in front of this famous sign as you enter the Cape May County Zoo via @magical_calman_triplets

One of the best things about the Cape May County Park and Zoo is its 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

nj mom cape may county park and zoo new jerseyWant 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.

For more information about the Cape May County Zoo, visit their website, call (609) 465-5271, or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Cape May Zoo Hours

Open every day from 10 AM to 4:30 PM
707 US 9
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

About Author

Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.