Visitor Information

The Buttonwood Park Zoo, established in 1894, is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2019. The Zoo features over 180 species, most notably Asian elephants, bison, cougars, black bears, eagles, seals, otters, South American primates and numerous waterfowl species.

An average Zoo visit lasts approximately two hours.


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



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 barn at Buttonwood Farm. 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.