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Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Address: 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number:
+1 508-991-4556
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The little zoo that could!

Buttonwood is a great zoo & a hidden gem ...it's not huge, but with the carousel & train, it's really perfect for the under 7 crew!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love to bring the family and guest to see all the wide variety of wild animals in the world. Best thing is I can ride or walk.

Thank DinerHoneyRuss
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Buttonwood is a great zoo & a hidden gem ...it's not huge, but with the carousel & train, it's really perfect for the under 7 crew!

Thank bgiando
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

This is such a cute zoo. Way bigger than we thought. Especially for the price!! We did the black bear encounter..great experience!

Thank Courtney K
Sao Paulo, SP
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203 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Even though it does not have a lot of animals, there is good quality here. Elephants, bobcats, cougar, wolf are a few of them. Avoid if it's too cold. Almost no protection from weather.

Thank Carlos_Maciel_16641
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Overall, the zoo is on the smaller side; however, this place defiantly believes in quality over quantity. You could see the animals in every habitat, but still felt that they had more than enough room to live happily. A great afternoon activity for all ages!

Thank Kyle M
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Very tired inner city zoo. Most of the animals are thin and lethargic. Pricing is very reasonable but the entire zoo needs a major facelift.

Thank Steve T
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186 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

A great, fun zoo to walk around on a Sunday afternoon. Easy to get to right off the highway. Staff seemed friendly. You can't get lost in there. They have cougars, and baby bobcats, and elephants, bears, etc. We got there in time for a "information session" type thing with the 5 month old bobcats, where the handlers/zoo keepers took... More 

Thank Rachel L
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

A great small zoo. Perfect for young children. Train ride as well as carousel. The carousel has adorable animals to ride on. Traditional houses as well as eagle, zebra, giraffe, ect.

Thank Irene F
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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175 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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 

Thank Momski1620
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 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 

Thank Ophelia Z

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