Forked River, New Jersey: Popcorn Park ZooA zoo that has nothing but abused/abandoned animals, now cared for -- including an elephant.
- 1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ
- Garden State Pkwy exit 74. West on Lacey Rd for 6.5 miles.
- Daily 11 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Popcorn Park Zoo
This zoo has a wonderous mix of farm and exotic animals. Our 2 yr old loved being able to feed them all popcorn, and our 10 yr old enjoyed learning the stories of how they made their way to the zoo. We used this as our wiggle stop between Atlantic City and NYC and it was perfect! They have picnic tables outside the zoo area too. Note: There is a VFW relatively nearby which has a shooting range, which could be heard from this site.[Art Mama, 02/27/2012]
Anne alert: If your child is that allergic to peanuts, send them to an isolated island. We can call it Peanut Island.[Joe, 07/19/2010]
Allergy alert: The zoo offers bags of peanuts to feed the animals, so the place is teeming with dropped peanuts.[Anne, 07/11/2010]
A haven since 1977 for abandoned and/or abused animals, or for those whose owners moved and found out they can't keep them in that State. Still open and a treat for mostly youngsters, but I'm in my 50's and go there every year or so.
Check out the cathouse while you are there; no, it is not a house of ill repute, but a small home for felines.
For railfans, the access road, Lacey Rd, parallels the abandoned right of way of the Tuckerton RR.[Andy Sinatra, 07/19/2007]
Popcorn Park Zoo is a small zoo dedicated to animals that have no place to go or were abused or hurt in accidents. For a small zoo in the Pinelands region of New Jersey they have quite a few animals to see, including local favorites like black bears, bobcats, and even 3-legged deer! More exotic animals are Peacocks, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, many large cats, monkeys, and even an African Bull Elephant! The usuals are there as well, like geese and ducks, goats, cows, etc... all willing to gobble up the popcorn you can purchase to feed them. This is one zoo that says, "Please, feed the animals!" The Popcorn Park Zoo is located in Lacey Township of Ocean County NJ. Take Garden State Parkway exit 74 and head west on Lacey Road for a few miles, following signs.[Adam Dunko, 11/22/1996]