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Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Address: 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: (508) 991-4556
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Excellent As Far As Zoos Go

It's a small zoo, but it has a lot to offer. It is placed directly in the middle of Buttonwood Pari and the entrance fee for children is around five dollars and adults are around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
Lottie E
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

It's a small zoo, but it has a lot to offer. It is placed directly in the middle of Buttonwood Pari and the entrance fee for children is around five dollars and adults are around seven dollars - Season passes are available and there is a small gift shop for all your gift shopping needs. There are many animals so... More 

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20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

An okay place for the little ones...not a lot to see...good for toddlers, preschoolers, and maybe up to eight years of age...older kids will probably find it boring and not be impressed at all...But, definitely okay for the younger ones...

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Thank Danielle M
Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

...especially for kids, seals, wolves, eagle, buffalo, deer, kid's train all well done. Broken down into water animals, land, praire, farm. Nice walk. Gift shop. Friendly personnel.

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Thank Jon B
Middle Village, New York
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This zoo was small, but it was a delight to walk around. The animals all seemed content in their habitats, and the staff was courteous.

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Thank Toni N
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

For a smaller zoo, you can tell they put a lot of effort into making this an enjoyable place to go. For the price, I'd rather just pay the money to have a nice walk in the zoo than around the park. Great New England creatures in the weather they are most active in. I'll take a puma running around... More 

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Thank James N
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I grew up a block away from this zoo and have visited hundreds of times over the past 40 years. It is a nice little zoo highlighted by 2 elephants, Emily and Ruthie. It takes about an hour to get through the entire zoo if you take your time. However it offers an intimate experience because it is not ever... More 

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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Took our grandson who is three. He ran from cage to cage...curious and awed by the real animals! Loved his train ride and the carousel. Picnic area under treed area for families. Lovely plantings made the area feel like a real habitat for the animals. The displays accommodated the little guys...windows and places to look were at the level that... More 

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Thank dieterhk2015
Naples, Florida
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72 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Buttonwood Park Zoo is by no means a zoo in the proportion of the larger cities but it is a great way to spend a day. Very nice to see the small children that are impressed with te animals

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Thank Thomas M
Westport MA USA
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

An obvious effort is being expended to try to maintain this small zoo and park. There is a merry go round and a train to take visitors around a part of the zoo. It is a zoo with quite a few cats, substantial wetland environment display, seals, elephants, bears, beavers and otters. Coyotes, eagles, deer and buffalo. In addition they... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The rest of the zoo was okay, but the elephants seemed miserable in their unattractive, nearly grass-free enclosure..These elephants need to be roaming free in some sanctuary somewhere - they've done their time....

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