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Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield

Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • The admission is very expensive and less than half the exhibits are open. Should modify price to fit current operating percent.  more »
  • We had a great Zoo Lights experience despite COVID! I was worried about social distancing but everyone followed the precautions and was respectful of each other. We enjoyed the animals that were...  more »
  • You have to make a reservation for a timed entry. We made ours for 3:00 PM so we could see some animals plus the lights. Yes, you cannot go inside any buildings but considering what’s going on with....  more »
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  • One of my favorite places. The zoo is large and spacious. There is a lot collection of animals in clean enclosures. There are several restaurants there with good food, lots of "zoo trains" to ride through the area and the staff are always very courteous. There's lots of secure parking. The parking area is so large they could build another zoo. Great place for both young and old. Also, a really great place to practice photography. A really nice place!
  • We are zoo members. It's so worth the price to get free admission for 3 adults and any amount of kids and unlimited attractions. My kids love the children zoo and aquarium. You can bring your own lunch or buy lunch there too. Plenty of picnic tables to eat outside. If it rains, there are a lot of indoor attractions to still enjoy your time at the zoo!
  • Brick Safari was awesome. Great exhibit! Overall, the zoo is a fun & family friendly place to go. There's so much to do there, you can't even get it all in one day. Best thing to do is get a family membership and take the kids often throughout the year. Every season and holiday has their own special events, so every time you go to the zoo there's always something new to see & do. Saturday nights throughout the summer they even have outside concerts, so it's awesome to go there with the folding chair/blanket & cooler, and just chill to live music knowing that you're surrounded by these amazing animals. It's always kept very clean, which I would consider up to most theme park standards. Plenty of places to get food, and lots of gift shops all around with decent priced items that you can let your kids take home as a souvenir. Also, don't forget the wax models of the animals that you could make that are spread out throughout the zoo. They only cost a few bucks & are an awesome little souvenir to take home, too.
  • We absolutely love Brookfield Zoo. We bought a membership this year and it has been an amazing decision. Seeing the exhibits again and again is never boring because the animals are always doing different things. We have varied the times we have gone and the kids have loved every single visit. Using one of the many provided restaurants can be very expensive. I highly suggest bringing your own food. With playgrounds, indoor, and outdoor exhibits you will easily spend the day there.
  • Nice Zoo! However, for the admission they should include some sort of souvenir or discount gift for next visit. On another note, the Zoo is pretty big and the parking lot is conveniently close by. Our admissions process on a weekend was pretty quick. Although, I believe weekdays should be a lot quicker. There is definitely a lot of sight seeing here; tigers, bears, dolphins, snakes, even peacocks are walking around the park freely. This place is definitely a family fun activity! I recommend you bring your cameras fully charged.

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