*UPDATE as of 8:20 am on Thursday, February 18: This event is "STILL ON! Please note that we are sold out for the day. Only those who have pre-registered will be able to attend today."

New Bedford's beloved zoo has partnered with Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation to offer a day of free admission to families during the winter vacation as part of the “Winter Camp 2021” program.

The zoo will be open to all on Thursday, February 18 from 9 am to 4 pm, with the last entry being at 3:15 pm. In order to allow for proper social distancing, space is limited. "Tickets to the Zoo must be reserved online in advance of your arrival, as you will need to choose a specific entry time for your visit. This helps us limit person-to-person transactions and help us manage guest capacity throughout the day. Per state guidelines, guest contact information will be required during the online ticketing process to allow for contact tracing."

You can pre-register for the free admission day HERE.

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Keeper Chat Schedule:

  • 10 am - Asian Elephant*
  • 10:30 am - Cat Chat
  • 11 am - Animal Ambassador Encounter
  • 12 noon - Buttonwood Farm
  • 1 pm - Chilean Pudu
  • 2 pm - Animal Ambassador Encounter
  • 3 pm - Asian Elephant*
  • 3:30 Harbor Seal
    *weather dependent

Highland Street Foundation knows why the Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great destination for any family during winter break. "Winter is the perfect time to visit Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! Home to many cold-weather-loving species, it's a great chance to see the antics of adorable red pandas, playful river otters, and lumbering black bears. Charlie's Nature Play is open and the possibilities for fun are endless! Take a walk on the wild side with BPZOO!"

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