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Buttonwood Park Zoo

425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 991-4556
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Ranked #11 of 19 Attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Small and very affordable. Obviously well loved by it's community. Great variety of animals. They were in full Halloween glory with Zoo Boo. Very family and children oriented. The elephants were wonderful. They obviously love their keepers. They follow around their keepers like puppies!

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The zoo was very tiny, but we did an elephant encounter where you get to go behind the normal fence and interact with the elephants and there keepers really cool, totally worth the extra money !!!

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Washington, DC
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Surprisingly wonderful zoo in the middle of Buttonwood Park. My son loved the animal themed carousel almost as much as the animals themselves. Exhibits are well done with a large variety of species. Very affordable and was a great way to spend an afternoon.

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South Coast, MA
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My father is an amateur zoologist, so I grew up visiting different zoos across the country throughout my childhood. It is still a favorite pastime! While the Buttonwood Park zoo is small, it is a fun visit with children. In addition to otters, seals, and beavers, a visitor will see a Lynx, Bobcat, Cougar, American Eagle, Black Bears, reptiles and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

They still use bull hooks on poor Ruth, elderly elephant to make her walk faster, as was videotaped. There is an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that has offered to take her. It's warm and she won't be subjected to anymore harsh New England weather. She got frostbite last winter. The elephant enclosure is inadequate. ALSO, the lynx spends every waking... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very disturbing elephant exhibit. The fact that this zoo has been offered to retire their two senior elephants to a 2,500 acre professional elephant sanctuary and they turned it down, shows that they only care about $$. Ruth their eldest elephant was left outside in a blizzard in Jan 2014 resulting is severe frostbite and hypothermia. Emily and Ruth do... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I brought my 6 and 7 year Olds here. It was raining that day but still had a good time. It really is a sweet sweet place to go. The small train ride was a nice way to see the park. The carousel is beautiful. The zoo is quite small and it takes about a good 40 minutes or less... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Small zoo but its very nice. I did the elephant animal encounter with my parents and LOVED it! It doesn't cost very much especially since the cost of getting into the zoo is very cheap and it is a great experience. We got to feed and touch the elephants as well as learn a lot of information about Emily and... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Tiny little elephant exhibit with two very old elephants who can barely move around--and not just because the exhibit is sooo small. They are lame from just standing around. Elephants need more space. The keepers don't talk about letting the elephants go to a Sanctuary--too bad. Instead people just go and stare at the elephants for a couple minutes, and... More 

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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I will never visit the Buttonwood Park Zoo even though I live in Massachusetts. Elephants are social creatures that belong with their herd. They have suffered enough in their lifetime in circuses and zoos around the world for our selfish entertainment. Send them to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to be with their sisters to roam and enjoy what remaining... More 

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