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Please review the updated zoo visit guidelines. We hope to see you soon!

The Buttonwood Park Zoo, established in 1894, is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States and has been an important part of the SouthCoast community for 127 years. The Zoo features over 240 species, most notably Asian elephants, red pandas, bison, cougars, black bears, eagles, seals, otters, South American primates and numerous waterfowl species. BPZOO is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been recognized as “one of the finest small zoos in the United States”. 

HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT TO EXPECT:

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Starting on May 29th, advanced online ticket sales will discontinue. This means when you feel like visiting us – head on over!

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Face coverings are required to enter the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs building.

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The carousel and train are now open! Tickets can be purchased at the gift store or at the front desk when you enter. Both rides are ADA Certified. 

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Restrooms will be available inside the Wildlife Education Center and at the Buttonwood Farm barn.

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The Bear’s Den Café is a great option for a snack or a full meal, stop by on your next visit! The Bear’s Den Cafe will have indoor and outdoor seating. The tables outside the Cafe are for paying customers only.

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Help save wildlife around the world. Get your conservation donation tokens at the front desk. Proceeds from this program go directly towards conservation organizations both locally and globally.

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Toe Jam returns! Beginning on Monday, June 7th, Toe Jam Puppet Band will occupy Nature Play for two 45 minute shows at 10:00am and 11:30am – outside, weather permitting. The cost is $10/family after admission.

Nature Play will be closed to general visitors from 9:00 – 12:30.

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Do you visit us two or three times a year!? Then you need a BPZOO Membership!

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Bring extra quarters with you or make change at the Northwoods Gift Store as our duck food dispensers are quite popular.

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Make sure to check the daily keeper chat schedule as you enter the Zoo. These opportunities provide guests a chance to learn more about the animals and the special relationship they have with their caretakers.

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We have partnered with KultureCity to make your visit to the Zoo a positive experience for guests with sensory issues. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards, will be available at the Northwoods Gift Shop for guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.

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Hand-sanitizer will be accessible to guests at the entrance, exit, and at strategic locations around the Zoo.

visitor information

TO ENSURE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE ZOO, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING ZOO MANNERS:

The Zoo buildings and grounds are smoke free.

For the safety and comfort of other visitors and the Zoo animals, the following items are prohibited:

  • Pets
  • Bicycles
  • Scooters
  • Roller Skates
  • Glass Containers
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Balloons
  • Drinking Straws

Accessibility

The Zoo is fully accessible to the disabled, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the front entrance.

Our train and carousel rides are both ADA certified.

Restrooms & First-Aid:

Restrooms are located in the Wildlife Education Center and the Buttonwood Farm barn. The restrooms are handicap accessible. Baby changing stations are located in both men and women’s restrooms in the Wildlife Education Center. Special needs changing facilities are available.

First Aid assistance is available at the main entrance or by contacting any Zoo employee.

Strollers are welcome throughout the Zoo, but please be considerate to others when navigating in crowded viewing areas. The North Woods Gift Store has wagon rentals available for $6.

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BPZOO Members get exclusive access to events, discounts on programs and discounts onsite plus lots of other great benefits.

Membership pays for itself in just over 2 visits!