One of the best bargains in southern New Jersey is also one of the best places to visit any time of year. Just because admission to the Cape May County Park and Zoo is free doesn't mean that it's not a top-quality attraction.

The zoo features lions, tigers and bears among the 550 animals and 200 species that call its 85-wooded acres home.

Highlights include the African Savanna, Reptile House and tropical aviary house. There's a Safari Cafe as well as a picnic area - if you want to pack your own lunch. Once the family has seen all the animals, there's a park and playground as well as a gift shop.

And the zoo is open year-round. The only day it closes is Christmas.

INSIDER INFO: You can easily spend the day here and the zoo is stroller- and young-kid friendly, with wide paths and plenty of bathrooms and benches to relax.

WHERE: The zoo is located along Route 9 in Cape May Court House.,-95.677068&sspn=33.847644,47.8125&ie=UTF8&hq=CAPE+MAY+COUNTY+PARK+AND+ZOO&hnear=Cape+May+Court+House,+NJ&ll=39.114479,-74.810886&spn=0.0614,0.093384&z=13&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The park is open 9 a.m. to dusk. Call 609-465-5271.