A Fun Day at the Zoo
By: Meghan S
This past weekend my husband and I took the kids to the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford. With the spring weather finally arriving, we were excited to do something outside. My 2 year old is really into animals right now, so I’ve been looking into different zoos in the area. We talked to a few people who said Buttonwood Park was perfect for little ones. After going, I couldn’t agree more.
The ride from Falmouth was just about 45 minutes, so definitely doable with young kids. Children under 3 are free and adults are $10. When you walk in there is a gift shop where you can purchase tickets for the little train ride, as well as the carousal. I recommend doing that first thing so you don’t have to back track to the gift shop later on. The train was $3 per person (babies are free), and the carousal was $2 a ride. Our daughter loved both, surprisingly more than seeing the animals, so I highly recommend them.
Before we left I took a look at the food court and although it was small it was great for families. They had nice tables, both inside and out, that could easily accommodate high chairs, bags, strollers, etc. It would be a good place to take a break and whip out the snacks you undoubtedly packed in case the kids started losing interest in the main event. I also noticed a sign that mentioned hosting birthday parties there which I think would be a lot of fun.
Meghan and her husband Alex were both born and raised on Cape Cod. They moved back to Falmouth in 2013, when they were ready to get married and start their family. Meghan is a full time working mom of two adorable and fun loving kids, Katie and Jake. She recently started blogging as the “Tired Mom of Two”, which she has found to be both cathartic and fun. She is so grateful for the strong circle of friends and family she has on the Cape, and thoroughly enjoys getting together with them whenever possible.
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