Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford MA

Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to visit in the New Bedford Area. It’s a relatively small zoo with 250 animals. The Zoo is very clean, well laid out, and just the right size if you have young children that walking a lot compared to some of  the larger zoos in the area. They have a great bear exhibit and seal exhibit plus they have a lot of farm animals. You can also have your child’s birthday party here as well.


They also have a train that goes around the zoo and a new wildlife carsoul. Both cost extra however the kids will love them.

They have some weekly activities   as well including the Toe Puppet Jam Band.

Upcoming special events


Breakfast with Santa & Friends

December 16 and December 17
9:30am – 11:30am

Whether you’re NAUGHTY or NICE you’re invited to join us for Breakfast with Santa & Friends! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, share your wish list with Santa and meet some of the Zoo’s favorite resident animals. Be sure to bring a camera to capture your visit with Santa.  Free train and carousel rides, weather permitting, are included.  Gluten free options will be available. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Zoo Members: $20 per person
Non-members: $25 per person, includes Zoo admission

Children under 1 are free!

Reigster here 

2017  information

Hours & Prices
Summer Hours are
April – October
9:00am – 5:00pm, daily (with the last admission at 4:15pm)
Winter Hours are
November – March
9:00am – 4:00pm, daily (with the last admission at 3:15pm)
The Buttonwood Park Zoo is open year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

New Bedford Resident Admission
(Must show proof of New Bedford Residency)
Adult: $7.50
Senior/Student: $6
Child (Ages 3-12): $4.50
Child Under Age 3: FREE
Non-Resident Admission
Adult: $10
Senior/Student: $8
Child (Ages 3-12): $6
Child Under Age 3: FREE


Parking: Free
The Zoo accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Discover at the front gate for ticket purchases and MasterCard, Visa and Discover at the Café and Gift Shop.
Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advanced registration. Call (508) 991-6178, ext. 67413 for more information.