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New Bedford, Massachusetts: The Buttonwood Park Zoo is announcing a slight change to operating hours for the upcoming spring and summer season.

Starting April 1, BPZOO will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, a slight change from previous summer and spring seasons. The Zoo is also eliminating the “last admission” time of 3:15 p.m.

“The guest experience is paramount to us,” Gary Lunsford, BPZOO’s Director of Zoological Services, said. “We examined feedback and carefully monitored animal behavior in the late afternoon hours and found that closing at 4 p.m. ensures our guests get the best out of their visit to the Zoo.”

BPZOO strives to ensure community access and works with many community organizations to provide discounted or free admission. The New Bedford Free Public Library offers up to four admission passes to New Bedford residents as do 33 other free public libraries in communities across the region.

BPZOO is proud to participate in the “Card to Culture” program and offers 50% off four admission tickets to Massachusetts EBT, WIC, and Commonwealth Care card holders.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn St. in New Bedford and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, apart from Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Ticket prices for non-New Bedford Residents are $10 for adults/$6 for children 3-12; Ticket prices for New Bedford Residents are $7.50 for adults/$4.50 for children 3-12. Annual membership passes are also available please click here for more information. To purchase tickets, please click here.