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Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Address: 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740-1418
Phone Number: (508) 991-4556
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good small zoo

Weekdays visit will be great. Not too much people and well maintained. Some daily show time include bobcats, seal show, elephant. Price range is affordable. This place covered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ophelia Z
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the grandkids, ages 6 and 1. It is hard to find something that both will enjoy. This did the trick. They enjoyed the animals. And really enjoyed the baby bobcats. We had lunch in the cafe. The food was delicious and not too expensive. My only complaint is that they charge you $2 to ride the train and carousel.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Weekdays visit will be great. Not too much people and well maintained. Some daily show time include bobcats, seal show, elephant. Price range is affordable. This place covered most of the major animals in a not too big space. Black bears and the seals are cool. Didn't saw any tiger. Will be a great experience in a nice weather day... More 

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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My grandmother, mother, aunt, and myself decided to spend the day together since my grandmother is cooped up alone too often. It happened to be over 30 years since she'd been there so you can imagine all the changes she saw. As we wheeled her through the park she'd point out her various interests. If the railings were too high... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Scenic zoo located in beautiful park. Nice small park that can be visited in 2-3 hours w carrusel and train. Not many animals but nice for families with little ones.

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Somerset, Massachusetts, United States
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110 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to picnic, just spend a day,, visit the animals, relax and make a family day out of it, always something going on, get up and close to some animals,,,,great way to spend a day.

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Thank Bob L
charlottesville, VA
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60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Forty years ago this would have been considered a good zoo. Now the animal areas are too small. They have a beautiful collection of endangered animals. Four beautiful cheetahs in one of the better enclosures. Not enough space not enough places for the animals to hide

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150 Great Wolf Drive
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When my son was 2-8 he loved this zoo and because it is so small and easy to get around and cheap we took him all the time. Now that he's older he's not impressed. We are avid roger williams zoo visitors and will continue to take that drive. Not many animals, and nothing really special. I grew up in... More 

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Thank theao514
Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my 3 daughters (24,21 & 18) for an afternoon. It's great to see how far the Zoo has come and to see it accommodate so many families and kids right here in New Bedford. It was nice to see Ruth and Emily (the elephants). They've been there since I used to bring the girls when they were little.

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Thank Dcames
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like the fact that the zoo includes only animals that were in the region in colonial times. Except for the two elephants, which are leftover from the previous version of the zoo. A small zoo in an interesting Olmstead-designed park. The carousel is modern but it bye resting as well.

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Thank David W
New Bedford, MA
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is accurate to say that the Buttonwood Zoo Park is a highlight in our good City of New Bedford. My wife and I bring our grandchildren there every time they are in the area, and we adults appear to get as much pleasure as being in the Zoo and viewing all the animals as the youngsters. Succinctly, we are... More 

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