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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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New Bedford, Massachusetts
1 review
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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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
1 review
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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
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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