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Turtle Back Zoo/Tree Top Adventure Course

West Orange, New Jersey


Built right next to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, the New And Expanded Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course is a world class aerial obstacle course. Our Adult Courses (approx. 35ft in height) offer 30 unique challenge elements with an average run time of 1 to 1.5 hours. Our Junior Courses (approx. 10ft in height) offer 18 unique challenge elements with an average run time of 30 to 45 minutes. Parents/Guardians may join their children on the Junior Course for the same fee. The redesigned Zip Line measures over a football field in length and stands at approximately 40 feet.


In order to experience the Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course, the following physical requirements must be met:

Junior Course:
Min Age – 6 years old
Max Weight – 250lbs

Adult Course:
Min Height – 54in.
Max Weight – 250lbs

Zip Line:
Min Age – 6 years old
Min Weight – 60 lbs
Max Weight – 250lbs

All participants must have a completed and signed Participant Agreement Form. Participant Agreement Forms can be printed via turtlebackzoo.com. We strongly request you print them out and complete them before your arrival.

Required Attire & Footwear:

Please remember the physical nature of the adventure. Only guests who are wearing athletic sneakers will be allowed to participate. No sandals, flip flops, Toms, Crocs, Uggs, slip-ons, heeled boots, leather dress shoes or other footwear not intended for physical & athletic outdoor use will be permitted on the course (at the discretion of the course Supervisors). Clothing that a harness will not safely fit over will not be permitted on the course. Our expert adventure guides recommend that you bring a pair of slip resistant gloves (none are sold on premises).

We are unable to store any personal belongings so please keep that in mind when preparing for your adventure. Any purses, backpacks or satchels must be unobtrusive and sit comfortably above your waist if you want to bring them on the course.


Weekends & Holidays thru June 15 / Everyday June 15-August 31

10am – Dusk *last admission is about an hour before sundown*


Adult Course: $28
Junior Course: $18
Zip Line: $13
Adult Course and Zip Line: $33

*there is no combo price for the Junior Course and Zip Line at this time*

Refund Policy:
Once the adventure is paid for, there will be no refunds for any reason. If you are asked to leave the course by staff or if you retire from the activity, there will be no refunds.


Reservations can be made only up until the day before your visit, at www.turtlebackzoo.com, if space is available. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. Reservations are forfeited 30 minutes after their start time. If there are course wait times, reservations will be accommodated as soon as possible. Walk-ups without reservations cannot be guaranteed timely admission. Walk-ups are taken on a first come, first served basis, after all reservations are accommodated. We do not accept “day-of” reservations.

The email address associated with this website is NOT monitored. Please call 973-731-5800 ext. 0 for reservation changes and cancellations.


Essex County Treetop Adventure Course reserves the right to refuse admission to or order off the course anyone who disregards the safety rules or who appears to our staff to be unable to complete the course. Pregnant women or persons with heart conditions are expressly prohibited from going on the course. Anyone who has been drinking alcoholic beverages or taking medications or other substances that may affect her/his ability to perform on the course is prohibited from participating.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to enter The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in order to enter the TreeTop Adventure Course. Please follow the directional signage in the parking lot to access the walkway to the facility.


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