Plan Your Visit
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, cougars, 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”.
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HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT TO EXPECT:
The Bear’s Den Café is closed for the winter season. Snacks and drinks are available at the gift shop.
The Wildlife Carousel and Black Bear Express are closed until April 1st, reopening (weather permitting) during February vacation week.
Restrooms are available inside the Wildlife Education Center and at the Buttonwood Farm barn.
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.
Toe Jam Puppet Band plays every Monday. Showtimes are 10:00 and 11:30 – $10/family after zoo admission. Check the Zoo’s or Toe Jam’s facebook page for cancellation updates.
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.
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.
Hand-sanitizer will be accessible to guests at the entrance, exit, and at strategic locations around the Zoo.
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 (except service animals)
- Roller skates
- Sporting equipment
- Glass containers
- Drinking straws
- Noise devices
- Alcohol or illicit materials
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.
Visitor and Animal Safety:
Rails, rocks, fencing and other barriers between you and the animals are there for your safety and to protect the animals from harm. Please do not lean over rails, lift children over rails, let them play on rocks, rest them on railings or stick fingers or arms through fences. Do not enter non-public areas.
Please show respect for the Zoo’s inhabitats by refraining from harassing or teasing the animals, which includes banging on windows and throwing objects into habitats. Additionally, the Zoo does not allow outside food to be fed to the animals and has a no feed policy except in designated areas such as the waterfowl pond or when under the supervision of Zoo staff.
Shirt and shoes are required inside the Zoo. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult on zoo grounds.
The Buttonwood Park Zoo reserves the right to exclude anyone who engages in inappropriate or offensive conduct, as
determined by zoo staff. The zoo is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles and is not required to issue
refunds or exchanges for inclement weather.