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Zoo Trip or Spa Day? Both Staycation Ideas Are Winners

Results of this week's Readers' Choice poll.

Memorial Day is just a couple of weeks away. Just because you don’t have any plans for the long-weekend, doesn’t mean you can’t get away for a day while staying close to home.

This week’s Readers’ Choice poll asked Patch readers to vote for their idea of a perfect “staycation.” The results were a tie between two destinations—Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and The Spa at the Short Hills Hilton. 

NJ Monthly readers recently voted Turtle Back the best zoo in the state. Visitors can get up close and personal with bears, wolves, penguins and a barn-full of farm animals. The zoo just welcomed a to its Reptile Center last week.  

Need time away from wildlife—a.k.a. the kids? Book yourself a massage, facial and other treatments at the Spa at the Short Hills Hilton. Make a day of it by treating yourself to a shopping trip and dinner at the Mall at Short Hills, located just across the street.

Happy Staycationing! 

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