Space Farms Zoo and Museum
218 Route 519
Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-5800 • 875-3223 groups

While Space Farms has little to do with the cosmos, it is sort of a universe of its own. The 425 acre property devotes about 100 acres to a zoo/museum complex. The balance of the farm is used to produce the 150 tons of grain and 100 tons of hay that are needed to feed the animals for one year.

With more than 500 animals of more than 100 species, the Zoo contains the largest private collection of North American wild animals. A nice touch is that the owners pride themselves on the excellent care the animals receive. Some of the animals are quite rare, and it is hoped that visitors will discover a renewed interest and appreciation of the creatures which share earth with man.

The Museum consists of ten buildings filled with old cars, carriages, sleighs, toys, miniature circus, country store, antique (hand operated) merry-go-round, and much more, including one of the country's most unusual and diversified collections of Americana.

A great place for a relaxing family outing, Space Farms (named, by the way, after Ralph and Elizabeth Space and family) also provides an excellent field trip opportunity for school groups of all ages. Who could be too old or too young for a zoo?

While there are no formal programs, there are educational graphics at each display and periodic lectures.

Hours: Spring to Fall, 9am - 5pm daily, 9am - 6pm on weekends. Closes an hour earlier from Fall to Spring. Last entry one hour prior to closing. Call to confirm.
Adults (13 - 64) $15.50
Seniors (65+) $14.50
Children 3-12 $11.00
All fees are plus tax.
Groups (20 or more people): Call for group rates.
Group Reservations: At least 1 weeks in advance suggested.
Lunch: Local restaurants. Picnic in nearby parks.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-80 West to exit 34B. Rt. 15 North to end. Turn right onto Rt. 565 North. Go about 4½ miles to Space Farms sign on left and turn left onto Rt. 637. Follow signs to Space Farms. About 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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