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Bergen County Zoological Park

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Bergen County Zoological Park

Van Saun County Park is located in Paramus, New Jersey. The Park is home to the Bergen County Zoological Park. In addition, the park features picnic areas, a baseball field, a softball field, basketball and tennis courts, a soccerfield, a playground, a carousel (added in 2001), and pony rides. The zoo also features a train ride.


The zoo opened in 1960.

The railroad in Van Saun was first built in 1963 and features three trains: the 388 train, which accompanied the opening, the 389 train, purchased in 1968, and the 520, added to the lineup in 1971. The train models are Iron Horse S-24 24 inch gauge trains by the Allan Herschell Company. The train is open from Tuesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays for maintenance, unless it falls on a holiday, between April and October. During the train ride, riders can view many different attractions in the zoo while going through railroad crossings and a tunnel.

The carousel was built in 2000, when the park built a new train station, a new entrance, and a discovery center for animals. The carousel features horses and other zoo animals as seats. The carousel is closed Tuesdays for maintenance. The carousel is also available from April to October as well. The carousel has been controversial since almost all the money earned was kept by the contract owner.[1][2]


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Coordinates: 40°55′47″N 74°02′53″W / 40.929661°N 74.047937°W / 40.929661; -74.047937

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