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Rides & Attractions at BPZOO

The Black Bear Express and Wildlife Carousel will reopen for the season on April 1st, 2024. Please note that our rides cannot operate if temps are below 45 degrees or in significants amount of rain. To confirm they are open on the day of your visit, please call 508-991-4556 ext 114.

All proceeds from the Black Bear Express and Wildlife Carousel support educational programming and family events funded by the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.
For more information call 508.991.4556 x114

The Black Bear Express

All Aboard! The Black Bear Express provides fun, entertainment for the entire family! 

Train rides are $3 (1 token) per person. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available for purchase in the North Woods Gift Store. Children under 12 months ride for free.

Our train is ADA-certified, making it wheelchair accessible for children and adults.

Thank you to Ronald McDonald House Charities, MGN Family Foundation, Fred Smialek, Henry and Marion Wainer, Tim and Melissa Walsh, and MacLean Children’s Fund for their contributions to the Black Bear Express.

Wildlife Carousel

Take a spin on the Wildlife Carousel sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank! The carousel features 18 beautifully handcrafted animals and a chariot for additional seating. The Wildlife Carousel is ADA certified, making it wheelchair accessible for children and adults.

Train rides are $3 (1 token) per person. Children under 42″ tall must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available for purchase in the North Woods Gift Store.

The Wildlife Carousel is ADA-certified, making it wheelchair accessible for children and adults.

CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION

Begining March 8, 2024, Charlie’s Nature Play will be closed due to construction on the Buttonwood Barn. The reimaged barn will, be open to general Zoo guests,  and will also provide a permanent home for dozens of injured and/or orphaned native wildlife species that could not be released back to the wild. These animals are part of BPZOO’s Animal Ambassador program, which was established in 2014. This environmental education-based program introduces guests, including many children, to wildlife through up-close encounters to animals, who serve as ambassadors for their species and wildlife in general. The “ambassadors” spark interest and appreciation, dispel myths, and fears, emotionally connect visitors to wildlife and stir all those they encounter to action. Since its inception, it is estimated that the Animal Ambassador program has reached more than 124,000 guests through school programs and daily encounters. 

This space, sponsored by BayCoast Bank, also created a space for deeper partnerships and collaborations in and around the community. It is scheduled to open in early 2025. 

Come Explore Charlie’s Nature Play Area!

This special area is dedicated to reconnecting children and families to nature through meaningful unstructured play.

Charlie’s Nature Play space is a rich environment that will stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through multi-sensory, hands-on activities. The Zoo has partnered with Nature Explore, a national research based company, to design this natural learning center using the best educational theories and practices.

The areas featured in Charlie’s Nature Play are: SPLASH, CREATE, BUILD, INVENT, PLAY, CLIMB, DIG, IMAGINE AND GROW

Thank you to the following donors for their support!

The new kids’ play area is awesome! My little one did not want to leave…great addition.

We went there today and had a great time! Thank you so much for building this.

Charlie’s Nature Play is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Charlie’s Nature Play is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation! Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds, and amphibians—both locally and along migratory corridors.

In light of the monarch butterfly recently being classified as endangered, we continue to plant milkweed around our campus. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species. As such, milkweed is critical for the survival of monarchs.

Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife, for more information click here.

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