Bear’s Den CaféPhoto By Jim Padilla

For 120 years, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has been proud to be part of the New Bedford community as the 12th oldest zoo in the United States. Nestled in beautiful Buttonwood Park, this 10 acre zoo provides generations of families with a connection to the natural world.

The Bear’s Den Café, situated in the Wildlife Education Center, offers a full lunch and snack menu as well as a robust birthday party rental program and catering service for private functions and business meetings at the Zoo. The Café features a stunning 1,200-square-foot wildlife mural and has a beautiful view overlooking Buttonwood Brook and the bison exhibit with indoor and outdoor seating. Private functions are held inside the Bear’s Den Café, in the adjacent rental space, and out on zoo grounds.

The Bear’s Den Café is currently open Monday – Thursday from 10am – 3pm and Friday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Visit our birthday parties and private events pages for more information, call (508) 991- 4556 ext. 116 or email at