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Buttonwood Park Zoo

Official Website:Buttonwood Park Zoo
Location:425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740
Phone:(508) 991-6178
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Category:Zoos & Aquariums
Other Ideas: Southwick's Zoo; Capron Park & Zoo; Franklin Park Zoo - Zoo New England; Butterfly Garden at Museum of Science; Roger Williams Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park ZooNearly 200 species of animals are represented in the Buttonwood Park Zoo, ranging from tiny frogs to enormous elephants.

The zoo's primary theme, 'From the Berkshires to the Sea.' focuses on the land- and water-based wildlife of Massachusetts, with special emphasis on creating the natural habitats in which the animals actually live.

Throughout your journey at Buttonwood Zoo, you'll see animals of all kids, including:

River Otter, Beaver and Harbor Seals, Black Bears, Asian Elephants,
Aquatics Animals, Bald Eagle and Coyotes, Cougars and Bobcats, Fox and Raccoons, Bison and White-Tailed Deer, Waterfowl Pond, and more.

Wildlife Carousel Rides
The new wildlife carousel features 18 animals, many of which can be found in the Zoo such as the Asian elephant, seal and eagle. The carousel is open daily, weather permitting. Rides are $2 and the proceeds support educational programs and family events at the zoo.

Pony Rides
Pony rides are available for a modest fee on a seasonal basis. The rides are usually available on the weekends in the spring and fall and every day of the week during the summer.

Train Rides:
Train rides around the zoo are available on the “Zoo Choo Choo, ” weather permitting. Please call (508) 991-4556 for hours of operation. Rides are $2 and the proceeds support educational programs and family events at the zoo.

Bear's Den Café:
The Bear's Den Café offers a full lunch and snack menu, as well as Birthday Parties and catering for private functions and business meetings at the Zoo. The Café features a stunning 1,200-square-foot wildlife mural and has a beautiful view overlooking Buttonwood Brook and our deer and bison exhibit.

Zoo Programs
The Zoo's Education Department and Zookeeper Staff offer a full range of programs on a daily and seasonal basis.


Open every day (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day)
from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (gates close at 4:30pm).

Extended Summer Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend
The zoo will be open until 7:00 pm (gates close at 6:30) every Friday and Saturday.


Adult: $6 • Senior: $4.50 • Teens: $4.50 •
Child 3-12 yr: $3.00 • Child under 3: Free
Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance registration.
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425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 map

Three minutes from I-195:
Take exit 13A to Route 140 South.
Cross Route 6 and continue south on Brownell Ave.
Turn left on Hawthorn Street. Turn left at zoo entrance.


  • Parking is free
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