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Address: 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: (508) 991-4556
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Small zoo worth the price.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank looking2snorkel
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank dieterhk2015
Naples, Florida
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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

Thank Thomas M
Westport MA USA
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65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

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 

Thank pearlyww
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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....

Thank jomotemo
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We enjoyed the Buttonwood Zoo. My toddler loves the carousel and train. This zoo is very small but just enough.

Thank kkatt14
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We enjoyed this stop over, on our way to the Cape with our toddler. There are at least two buildings where you can take a break from the heat: where they have the aquariums and the other one's the cafe with the restrooms. It's not too big, so you can actually enjoy and see all the animals they have. Wish... More 

Thank Anne B
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A New Bedford native, I remember the zoo from my childhood and taking our sons there. They remember Emily, the elephant, and the train ride, 30 years later. It was always fun ... but the monkey house in the center smelled real bad & was prominent in the memory bank. WOW! This BPZ is awesome. The setup allows an enticing... More 

Thank HJayR
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Despite being very small, this zoo makes up with great exhibits. They have a wonderful beaver exhibit as well as a nice cougar exhibit!

Thank CVA928
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were visiting family in Wareham for a week and friends recommended we check out the zoo to give our 4 year old something different to do. This was great advice! It was a great way to spend the morning. The zoo is small enough that it is easy to walk to see everything without tiring out the young ones.... More 

Thank Jason W

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