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Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Address: 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740-1418
Phone Number:
+1 508-991-4556
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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 18 January 2017
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful zoo, well planned and managed. The info posted at each animal was interestingly written, good for all ages.

1 Thank JCOA2010
New Bedford, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zoo claims to have 200 species but they really don't have much to see. And the elephants really don't have much space--you don't learn much seeing them being fed treats.

Thank prov52jr
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 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 8 January 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 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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
Londonderry, New Hampshire
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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!

1 Thank Kyle M
Level Contributor
80 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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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195 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 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
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 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

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