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Buttonwood Park Zoo

425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 991-4556
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Ranked #9 of 22 attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a great family friendly zoo. It was clean, easily walkable and they had staff at various exhibits answering questions about the animals. Also sometimes you go to a zoo and the animals seem to be so far away, at Buttonwoods Park Zoo, the animals are really close. The only downsides were, I wish that they had a printed... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

My wife found that they had a program featuring up close encounters with either a bear, seals, or elephants. Each of us picked our own favorite and the family ended up covering all three animals. All totally safe, and yet gave you an up-close experience I've rarely found at other zoos. The animals were amazing! In addition to feeding Toby... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After I read some of the reviews I wasn't sure I really wanted to spend the money and time going to this place but I am so happy we did. We are traveling from Maryland and we were looking for something to do with our 2 girls a 9 month old and a 3 year old and this place was... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised with this small zoo. Perfect for families with small kids - very walkable, very clean, won't break the bank. With about 20 exhibits in a park-like setting, you'll be able to spend time at each exhibit watching the animals and see it all within two hours. Leave some extra time to visit the large playground just... More

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

it seems as though who ever is maintaining/managing this zoo is doing a very poor job. Most of the animals its so sad to even look at the exhibits. The grass is three feet tall how are we ever going to see the animals? especially the smaller ones. The seals look so under maintained it's a shame. When i passed... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It's a small but nice zoo. Very clean and great for small children. There are several picnic areas and a large playground outside the zoo. There is also a carousel and a train ride in the zoo with a small additional cost. Overall a great day.

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Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I went here as a child and finally took my two boys. They absolutely loved it!!! The zoo is so much better than when I was younger. Definitely going back!

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rhode island
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a great small zoo. It's reasonably priced and a good way to spend a few hours. The farm area is a hit with the kids because they can pet some of the animals. We have always packed a lunch to eat either before or after in the park next door. It has picnic tables and playgrounds. Purchase your... More

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The zoo is small, but keeps the kids entertained for 2-3 hours. It is not the best zoo I have visited, but the animals are interesting. The park is relatively clean and organized pretty well. There are several different types of wild animals, including a section of barnyard animals too. A couple extras include a carousel and a motorized train... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Absolutely disgusted with the treatment of their two asian elephants. Many local residents are requesting the retirement of their two asian elephants and the zoos responses to these residents are shameful and childish. This zoo's facilities and exhibits are outdated and not worth any admission fee. Better off taking the drive to Roger Williams any day.

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