#NJMOM Adventure: Space Farms Zoo & Museum


From the brightly colored peacocks you’ll see exploring the Animal Kingdom, to artifacts and antique cars dating back to 1906, at Space Farms Zoo & Museum, you don’t have to choose between learning about animals and an American history lesson. This NJ gem is a zoo and a museum. The sprawling 100-acre area property in Sussex boasts an eleven building museum along with a 500 animal zoo. It’s open every day through November for a walk through through time and a walk on the wild side.

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Time for a visit to Space Farms Zoo & Museum:

The family tradition that started Space Farms Zoo & Museum makes it truly special. Started by Ralph and Elizabeth Space in 1927 as a place to conserve animals and wildlife, Space Farms Zoo & Museum has now grown into NJ’s largest combined zoo and museum. Today, third and fourth generations of the Space family oversee the work and ensure a safe and fun environment for everyone.

At the Space Farms Zoo, you’ll find over 100 species of local, native animals and rare creatures (think lions, tigers, jaguars) from around the world. If your kids ever wanted to see a bear cub up close or feed a llama – this is their chance. The Zoo has the largest private collection of North American animals in their natural surroundings in the United States, and it holds the record for having the largest bear in the world. Meantime, Space Farms Museum is home to over 50,000 artifacts and features all kinds of antique cars, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, and a miniature circus that will really peak the kids’ curiosity.


What to know before you go

Kids under 3 get in for free, and the the littler kids will love that they’re able to feed farm animals in special access areas. But with so much to see, there really is something for every age. If you’re planning a family day trip, there’s a pizzeria, Extreme Pizza, right on site for a bite. Animals, artifacts, and pizza?! Thanks mom!


For more information, visit Space Farms Zoo & Museum on their website and Facebook page.

Cost: Adults $19, Kids age 3-12 $15.50, and Kids under 3 are free

Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 County Road 519

Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-5800

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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About Author

Abby Jurgens is a student at Villanova University majoring in Communications and minoring in Creative Writing and Spanish. She lives in Bergen County, NJ with her parents and older sister. Although she is in love with her hometown of Wyckoff and enjoys dining at Café Amici there, Abby also loves going to Cape May every summer with her family and eating at Panico’s. While at home in Wyckoff, you can find Abby playing sports with friends, listening to country music, and helping her mom in the kitchen. Family is very important to her and she loves any minute she gets to spend with all of her relatives. She also loves to read and write because everyone’s words are so different and unique; she loves hearing the way people use their voices.