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Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield

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#3 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Illinois
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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Brookfield trip builder .
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  • Pretty cold and miserable but with so many indoor venues it's always a great time. Military get in free but parking is costly. Definitely worth going and taking the whole family especially if you catc...  more »
  • I have been to many zoos, but Brookfield never disappoints. I would highly recommend their membership if you live nearby. There is a lot to see so the family has a lot of places to go. I used to have ...  more »
  • Just visited today.... there are LOTS of empty and closed exhibits. Since the zoo is very large, you do a lot of walking and not seeing too many animals. Pachyderm house was closed, Tropic World Asia ...  more »
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  • I might be biased as a local, but Brookfield is my favorite zoo in the world. My mother took me there throughout my childhood and I love it as much now as I did then. The exhibits are spacious and natural-looking, using barrier pits over glass or fences when possible. The activities available for kids are awesome and educational. The old buildings are charming and generally well-maintained. I especially like to visit in the dead of winter when I know I can practically have the place to myself. More recently, I tried the new Penguin Encounter at the Living Coast (a building and set of exhibits which, unfortunately, has been on the decline in the last few years). Here's what I'll say about the encounter: it's delightful. I would have LOVED to have this option as a child, but as an adult it was still enchanting. The zookeepers do a great job explaining all relevant information and answering questions. They also discuss pollution and climate change and their effect on penguin populations. I definitely recommend it to anyone who plans to visit the zoo.
  • Rain or shine we will come visit the zoo. It's best to get a membership. You get more bang for your buck. With a few visits it pays for itself. Plus you can never see the whole zoo in one day. Its nice to have something out in the suburbs and not deal with the city traffic. You also get tickets for the attractions and special exhibits.
  • Great place to spend the day. Make sure you get there when they open. You will need all day to take it all in. Some of the exhibits are better than others but all in all this zoo is a beautiful place with lots of animals. Very well kept and run. I personally like the monkey house, the penguins and the wolves. If you visit a couple of times a year it's definitely with getting a membership.
  • Brookfield Zoo is a well maintained, family-friendly zoo with something for everyone. I have been there many times and see or learn something every time I go that have never seen before. If you have young children, I recommend the Hamill Play Zoo as an engaging place for children to learn by exploring and they're sure to love this carousel too. If you love gorillas and want to take time to find out about the individual animals, Tropic World is a gorilla soap opera. The zoo is open every single day of the year, but holidays have so many visitors that it's impossible to get through the traffic jam to the front gates, find parking, and actually see anything. I would recommend avoiding the zoo on major holidays.
  • The Baboons and Mountain Goats are gone. Loved watching them. Also loved going to the Children's Zoo to pet the goats. Now you have to pay an admission (certain membership levels may allow you to enter without paying, we have a senior membership and wee have to pay). The zoo is cleaned and the grounds are nice. Plenty of picnic tables.
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