Here’s How To Visit A NJ Zoo Without Leaving Your Car


Now that New Jersey is re-opening in phases, you’re going to see a lot of your favorite places changing the way you can visit. One of those is zoos—and luckily a few are adapting by becoming drive-through, which is just the type of thing we need to feel (somewhat) normal again. Here’s where you can drive to and drive-through with the fam to see your favorite zoo animals live—and safely.

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Brookhollow’s Barnyard
Are your littles missing trips to the farm? Now, they can see their favorite animals in this specially created drive-through experience. Here’s how to do it: Reserve your ticket up to one day in advance (they close if the weather is rainy, so look at the forecast before), but be sure to get online at 10 AM exactly, as tickets tend to sell out in minutes. Once you’re in, you can drive around the zoo as many times as you like within one hour to see all the different farm animals, from goats and mini-horses to rabbits and llamas.
$15 per car, 1 hour
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton

Space Farms
Space Farms Zoo has over 500 species of wildlife, from lions, tigers, jaguars, and bears to buffalo, lemurs, kangaroos, and llamas—oh and did we mention the baby grizzly bears that were just born during quarantine? Purchase your tickets online for a time slot (the last admission is at 4 PM) and have your confirmation email ready when you arrive for your hour-long drive, which allows two passes around for the best animal viewing.
$25 per car, up to 4 passengers
218 County Road 519, Sussex

Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure
Six Flag’s popular safari will open its doors May 30 for a new drive-yourself experience (before COVID it was in Six Flags vehicles) on 350 acres filled with 1,200 animals from six different continents. The hour-long, 5-mile journey will take you through 11 simulated natural habitats where tigers, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and baboons roam freely and are visible from the car (don’t worry about them coming near you—fencing separates them from the road and habitat). As you drive, follow along with their online virtual tour to learn more about the animals and their surroundings.
Tickets available for reservation May 27, 10 AM
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson


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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.