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Bergen County Zoological Park

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Satisfying & Nostalgic

While this site may not be that large as its close cousins in New York City, the Van Saun Zoo is a... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
New York City, New York
Family favorite

In need of a impromptu family picnic venue, Van Saun Park is the place. If you want to spend just 2... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Shrirupa C
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  • Average5%
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216 Forest Ave, Van Saun County Park, Paramus, NJ 07652-5349
+1 201-262-3771
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 May 2007

...and that is not to add to the already big crowds! :) But it is a lovely and afordable place to take the kids. A county park with a pretty nice sized playground, they also have a zoo which you can enter for a very...More

7  Thank BunChi11
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 April 2009

I have been a resident of Bergen County for over 20 years. Unfortunately, the only days my family has been able to enjoy this park has been on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, this place is extremely crowded and unless you live close enough to...More

4  Thank HappyBunnyNJ
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

While this site may not be that large as its close cousins in New York City, the Van Saun Zoo is a staple on any Bergen County native's childhood. The free-roaming peacocks and the strawberry FrozFruit bars are ingrained in my memory, perfect for 90-degree...More

5  Thank Richiebeans
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

In need of a impromptu family picnic venue, Van Saun Park is the place. If you want to spend just 2 hours or the entire day, this place has so much to offer. Apart from the children’s play area, the pony ride, carousel and train...More

Thank Shrirupa C
Reviewed 30 April 2018

We've been coming to Van Saun Park/Zoo for YEARS! It's a nice, small, doable zoo. Over the years, they've added admission, starting in May. They also added a carousel. We went today (4/29/18), before they started charging. Actually, unbeknownst to us, it was Autism Awareness...More

Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This is definitely worth the trip. The animal exhibits are conveniently close together. Very good zoo for young children. There is a five minute train ride around the zoo that is enjoyable for all ages.

Thank zachary p
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Great for taking the kids and now grandkids. Get close to the animals, feed the ducks take train ride. We can come here over and over again.

Thank johnberndt
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Long time summer spot for Bergen County. The little zoo is the biggest attraction for young children. But I still like it!

Thank Salvatore F
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great park, kids get up close and personal to the animals. Love the train ride. Next door a great playground and carousel ride.

Thank foreverclay
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Beautifully cared for smaller zoo with adjacent train around the property, a carousel and a playground. Great way to spend an afternoon with children. Highly recommend. There is a gift store and refreshments. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because...More

Thank ES467
Reviewed 24 February 2018

The Van Saun Zoo is a nice local zoo. The kids have always loved the train ride through the zoo. There is also a nice playground area -- there are playgrounds for toddlers and then one for older kids. Also a great carousel.

1  Thank Delia P
Reviewed 18 February 2018

Have been going to this park for years. They have everything you need in a park. A big playground for the kids as well as plenty of room for them to run around. The zoo is quite good. I recommend stopping by the monkeys and...More

Thank PatrickW3056
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31 July 2018|
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Response from foreverclay | Reviewed this property |
The hours can be found on their website. It depends on the ages of the children and what you hope to see and do. I love going with my great grands
Karen O
13 April 2018|
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Response from Thomas H | Reviewed this property |
They are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monica C
18 January 2018|
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Response from William I | Reviewed this property |
Well it is the dead of winter. Most zoo animals are not out.