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Buttonwood Park Zoo

425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 991-4556
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Ranked #8 of 21 attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
25 visitor photos
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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We went to the zoo to see the Toe Jam Puppet Band which is there year round doing 2 shows a day on Mondays. The show was $5 per family in addition to admission to the zoo. The show was great and the space was perfect for an interactive show for little ones. After my 3 year old and I... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island
3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Cute carousel but the zoo was small and not very well-maintained and the animal exhibits were kind of disturbing. There was no water in the dirty beaver pool and the elephants were in a small dirt yard and nodding back and forth the whole time. My 5 year old asked why they were sad so we went to the playground... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lovely zoo- animals are happy- just right for the under 10 crowd. Thoughtfully laid out and information was great. Fun playground behind zoo and wonderful bookstore baker books nearby too

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Buttonwood Park Zoo is a nice zoo to visit. It's somewhat smaller than most zoos, but there are animals to see, a gift shop, a restaurant, and a carousel for children. The prices are reasonable for admission, and there's plenty of parking space for cars. It's located at Buttonwood Park, a large, beautiful park in a nice area of the... More

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Beacon Falls
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Fairly easy to find, clean, if you have little explorers, this is a nice place to visit with them if you are in the area. My grandson loved it.

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Los Angeles, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a very small zoo so I was surprised that they had elephants! You can go around the zoo in 30 minutes but they have fun things for small kids like a little train ride and carousel which my three year old daughter loved. There is also a great park right outside the zoo which was great for my... More

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Dartmouth, MA
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
31 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It's not the biggest zoo or the most exotic zoo, but it's a zoo with elephants, exhibits, a carousel, and room for children to run. It's a manageable size for an hour or two of activities. Everyone loves the elephants, Emily and Ruth, and the last time we went we were lucky enough to catch the elephant talk. The farm... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Nothing great, pretty average zoo, ok for locals but I wouldn't recommend making a trip here from any kind of distance. They do have a cafeteria for lunch and snacks. You can pretty much see the whole zoo in under 1.5 hours.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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167 reviews 167 reviews
67 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

As much as they try to improve this zoo little is often done to it. They spend more money on the planning stages than they do on the zoo itself. One elephant has passed away and the other elephant may be finding a new home since her home and living space is too small. The zoo area is small and... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a small zoo with only a small sampling of animals. But it's very in expensive and a great way to entertain little ones. Lots of room for them to run around safely while enjoying seeing the animals. The only thing missing from this zoo is a hands on experience like a petting zoo.

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