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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A lot of big cats!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 20, 2016
Rachel L
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46 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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 

Thank April A
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 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.

Thank hpgarrido
Somerset, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

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.

Thank Bob L
charlottesville, VA
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60 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

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

Thank halcho
150 Great Wolf Drive
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59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 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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