Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts

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. Regular admission is $7.50 for residents and $10 for non-residents. While small, the zoo is home to a nice variety of animals from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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 observing the animals. 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. Bundle up and grab a coffee from the Bear Den Cafe if you need a warm up. This cafe also features a light menu of sandwiches, tacos, and wraps.

We saw lions, lynx, deer, bison, bobcats, and more. There is one small indoor exhibit featuring birds, fish, and other small reptiles. Note that concessions are closed during the winter months. There is a small gift shop, although we didn’t purchase anything because everything was really overpriced. Overall, this small zoo is a great place to spend an hour or so in natural surroundings. If you are looking for something relaxing and affordable to do this weekend, it’s a great option.

Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St
New Bedford, MA 02740

Winter Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (October 1st-March 2nd). Summer hours: 9am-5pm.

Parking is free.