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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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  • This zoo will compete and is on par with all of the universally known zoos. It is well laid out, has good parking and has interesting and educational exhibits. Most animal habitats we're continually s...  more »
  • This is a really nice zoo. Animal displays are laid out nicely and signage and maps make it easy to navigate. Food options are plentiful. Zoo staff are placed throughout and close to exhibits for help...  more »
  • A must do whilst visiting Chicago. The grounds are beautiful, and of course the animals in the zoo are fascinating. The highlight was meeting penguins. Starting in March the zoo has started twice a da...  more »
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  • The Brookfield Zoo is by far the best zoo in the Midwest. Very spacious and beautiful grounds. The exhibits are unique and engage the visitors in educational experiences. Very very kid friendly!! And the zoo is constantly getting new exhibits and seasonal events. Holiday Magic (Zoo Lights) is a wonderful experience and definitely would recommend for anyone. The parking and food here are a bit pricey but that's the case at any zoo.
  • Excellent zoo with wonderful, immersive exhibits! You could easily spend 2 days here but if you only have one, the highlights are Tropic World (monkey house), the great bear wilderness, and the living coast! Great food all over the park and a large playground for kids to burn of some energy. I highly recommend the dolphin show and if possible make sure you go for Holiday Magic around Christmas. It will become one of your favorite holiday traditions!
  • Our family goes here very often to relax and have a very fun time. The prices are just right and the food and drinks offered are amazing. If you have any problems, there is always a staff member nearby and they are willing to help anyone. It's a definite 5 stars and we highly recommend this place. We always have a great time with the animals!😉
  • 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 love this zoo and have been members for years! There are always special attractions, staff planted throughout to talk and discuss the animals, and there is plenty there to keep kids entertained all day. They have special summer hours as well as winter so you can make the most of your experience. If you can attend the zoo lights in the winter it is definitely worth it too!

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