Buttonwood Park Zoo is a tiny (about 10 acres) New England zoo located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mike and I decided to check it out for the morning. We checked out a free pass at the library – If you are a resident of New Bedford or the surrounding areas, then you can check your local library for a pass.
I am surprised that this zoo was open throughout the winter months. Luckily, it was cold out today but not too cold. And because the zoo is so small you can easily endure the cold for a half hour or so as you walk around. It was more like a brisk winter walk; it was nice to get some exercise and fresh air after being stranded in the house most of the winter.
This is not a huge zoo but there is still a nice selection of animals. We saw lions, lynx, deer, bison, bobcats, and more. There is one small indoor exhibit featuring birds, fish, and other small reptiles. All the concessions were closed for the winter. There is also a small gift shop, although we didn’t purchase anything because everything was really overpriced.
Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Winter Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (October 1st-March 2nd)
Winter Hours (October 1st-March 3rd)