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Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield

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See animals from the four corners of the world in their recreated natural habitats at Brookfield Zoo. The exhibits are either organized according to the family of animal, such as bears or hoofed animals, or according to the animal's natural surrounding, such as rain forest or desert. You can even see fully aquatic habitats with dolphins and stingrays. Interact with some animals, and learn useful information about them. Children are especially encouraged to learn about wildlife through play, exploration, and creative projects. Be aware that general admission doesn't cover all the attractions; check online for additional fees and specific timetables. Put Brookfield Zoo into our Brookfield vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I went to this zoo on 6/10/17. It was just okay. I had a good time and will probably go again, but I've been to zoos where I think the enclosures for the animals were nicer. I still recommend it thoug...  more »
  • Who knew....great zoo that doubles as a wedding venue that is really fun! Our family member got married next to the big fountain in the center of the zoo, trams then took us all to the aquarium for co...  more »
  • The grounds of the Brookfield zoo are beautifully laid out with lots of greenery, walkways and water fountains. The animal areas were well thought out. It was wonderful to see those big cats! I would ...  more »
  • Always fun. My toddler loves it. If you are going to go more than a couple times in the year it makes sense to buy membership. They are open 365 days so plenty of opportunity to make a memorable day. As with any other park or attraction, you will want to go early to avoid crowds but keep in mind in the summer, animals like the big cats and bears will probably be asleep or lay down on cool rocks in the heat so they won't be real active until later in the afternoon.
  • Spent our last day in Chicago touring the Brookfield Zoo. There were several hands on areas for the kids to experience animals up close. There was a large variety of animals. More than I've seen in any other zoo I have been to. My 11 year old boy loved the zoo. There were some areas where the animals were not out because the weather was so warm. It's only June so I imagine on hot days in the summer many of them are in trying to get cool away from the sun. We only ate at one of the restaurants over by the Dolphin show and the food was ok, not a ton of variety but I was told the Cafe on the other side of the park had better choices and healthier options. Honestly for a free summer day, it is worth the drive. It is large enough that you don't feel like you are crowded with others and there are many different areas of the zoo. The Dolphin Show was great, they had several dolphins and the show was educational. One other note, your ticket does not get you into everything in the park so check prices on different areas before you go and plan ahead so you are prepared. There are places where you can feed animals for a fee as well. All in all we would recommend the visit!
  • We brought our family here and really enjoyed it. The dolphin show was the highlight for us. We arrived at about the same time as 8 bus loads of students so it was crowed at the entrance but it wasn't bad on in. No elephant? That was unusual for a zoo. There were many other animals and the grounds were well maintained and attractive. The Andean Condor is an impressive bird! (10' wingspan) The tropical world is always interesting as well, lots of monkeys swinging around, etc. one monkey had a small baby, pretty cute...
  • Always a pleasure coming here. Zookeepers are very nice and informative. All enclosures are very clean. Have to see feeding of polar bears, simply awesome! North lot allows for ample parking, south lot is closer to entrance but smaller. Dragons and Dinosaurs is a really cool exhibit!
  • They have beer stands all over this place and offer exhibit to table, which I think is pretty unique. I mean... The bison were a hundred feet away from their kin being cooked up. It is a giant place and I would recommend planning to spend the whole day at the Zoo because it is so big.