Turtle Back Zoo/Tree Top Adventure Course

West Orange, New Jersey

About Turtle Back Zoo/Tree Top Adventure Course

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.


Terms & Conditions


Participant Agreement, Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk

Please read and understand the following section before signing. This document affects your legal rights.

In consideration of the services of the County of Essex and the Turtle Back Zoo, their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as "the County"), I hereby agree to release and discharge the County, on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate as follows:

1. Acknowledgement of Risk I acknowledge that my participation in a zipline/challenge course entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

These risks include, among other things: that the inherent risks associated with zipline/challenge activities using fabricated structures, surfaces, cables or ropes includes, but is not limited to: falling off of structures, being hit by swinging apparatus, falling on or being impacted by other participants, hanging from a cable, the possibility that I will be jolted, jarred, bounced, thrown to and fro or shaken about while on the zipline/challenge course, lose my balance or grip, slippery or wet equipment, becoming entangled in ropes/harnesses, impacting the ground and/or zipline apparatus, equipment failure, displaced safety equipment, belay or anchor or harness failure, general slips/trips/falls or painful crashes while using any of the equipment or zipline/challenge structures or landing platforms or rope bridges or the premises at large, operating out of control or beyond my or another participants’ limits, the negligence of other visitors who may be present, participants giving or following inappropriate zipline/challenge advice or move sequences, and my own negligence or inexperience. Changing weather conditions are possible; exposure to the natural elements can be uncomfortable and/or harmful; I understand that communication in the terrain in which this activity occurs is always difficult and in the event of an accident, rescue and medical treatment may not be immediately available. Furthermore, County employees have difficult jobs to perform. They seek safety, but they are not infallible. They might be unaware of a participant’s fitness or abilities. They might misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions. They may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction.

2. Express Assumption of Risk I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all the risks existing in this activity. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks. I expressly agree and acknowledge that the terms and conditions of this Participant Agreement, Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk Agreement is valid evidence that I intend to assume all risks associated with this activity, is intended to be contractual in nature. I expressly agree that I am signing this Agreement of my own free will and there are no reasons why I lack the capacity to enter into this Agreement.

3. Personal Skill & Insurance I certify that I have sufficient skill and fitness to participate in the activities offered by the County. I further certify that I have no medical, mental or physical conditions which could interfere with my safety or ability to participate in these activities, or else I am willing to assume and bear the cost of all risks that may be created, directly or indirectly, by any such condition. I further certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury, damage or emergency transportation costs I may cause or suffer while participating, or else agree to bear the costs of such injury, damage or emergency transportation costs myself.

4. Release & Indemnity I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the County of Essex, New Jersey, including all Departments, Boards, Committees, Commissions or Other Entities Established by Them or Operating Under Their Control and All Employees, Trustees, Commissioners, Committee Members, Aides, Advisory Board Members, Elected and Appointed Officials, Volunteers and Students from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of the County equipment or facilities, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of the County. Should the County or anyone acting on their behalf, be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.

5. Forum Selection, Severability, Breach of Contract/Warranty Waiver, Etc. In the event I file a lawsuit against the County, I agree to do so solely in the State of New Jersey, and I further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules of that state. I agree that if any portion of this agreement/contract is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portion shall remain in full force and effect; this document is intended to be interpreted as broadly as possible. A copy of this release contract can be used as if it was the original. I understand that this document constitutes the entire Agreement between myself and the County and that it cannot be modified or changed in any way by representations or statements of any nature (be they vocal, advertising, etc.) outside of this document; in other words, I am also waiving any claims I might have for breach of contract or warranty for statements or representations made outside of this release contract.

By accepting these terms, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or killed or property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by court of law to have waived my rights to maintain a lawsuit against the County on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein.