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Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Family time

Nice little zoo in this region. Lots of ducks all around, my children love all the different fishes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Everett, Massachusetts
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Historical zoo

Since a child, many years past my parents took me to the zoo located near s.Dartmouth, in the far... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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As the 12th oldest Zoo in the country, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has delighted and enlightened millions of visitors over its more than a century existence. We are dedicated to preserving the future of wildlife by creating engaging and educational...more
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425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740-1418
+1 508-991-6178
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice little zoo in this region. Lots of ducks all around, my children love all the different fishes in there, they had not seen a seahorse before, but there was a whole bunch there. I saw the Canadian lynx which I had not seen before...More

Thank alexyuno
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local gem and a wonderful place to visit. They have really done a nice job with this zoo. Varied attractions, in natural settings. The rainforest, bear and seal exhibits were are favorites. The new Charlie Winterhalter dedicated exhibit (Charlie's Nature Play) in the farm animal...More

Thank Grover_Ohio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the zoo on a Monday in August with my 3 year old grandson. We started our day with an awesome concert with the Toe Jam Puppet Band. We really enjoyed the bears who were wide awake! The elephants also amused us!

Thank a85capecod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since a child, many years past my parents took me to the zoo located near s.Dartmouth, in the far north of New Bedford off of Route 6. While small, compared to the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island it is quaint, and historical. Many improvements...More

Thank uphamkw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re in the area, it’s worth a trip. I took my 12, 11, and 8 year old kids and they enjoyed it. We were there for a couple of hours and saw things at a leisurely pace. The rainforest pavilion with the various monkeys...More

Thank AnnunziataV1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the zoo today, two kids 8 (almost 9) and 6. They loved it. So did I. well maintained, friendly staff. We saw them interacting with the animals cleaning and taking care of them. Good information. It’s a small place, so don’t think...More

Thank Amy E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When going to this Zoo you have to not compare it to other, larger, zoos. This zoo is great. It is a small zoo; we went today for the Free Fun Friday event. We got there about 20 minutes before 3pm. We had packed up...More

1  Thank Michelle O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can't wait for the expansions to be completed. It will really add substance to the zoo. Nice exhibits easy walk.

Thank Mich S
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

This adorable zoo is perfect for young families. We took our grandkids, ages 10 months and 29 months on Saturday. We arrived right at opening (9:00 am) and walked the entire animal exhibit in a little over an hour and a half. No exhausted kids,...More

1  Thank Mommommymummummylois
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Buttonwood zoo is not large, but it is very kid-friendly. The exhibit signs are clear and understandable. When I went, they had an exhibit on the rain forest - very well displayed and very clearly explained. What impresses me was how the Windows into the...More

Thank Bill W
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