Brookfield Zoo

This national Park-like experience is an absolute must-see, from daily dolphin shows to the Great Bear Wilderness to the South American jungle. If you're traveling with children be sure not to miss the Family Play Zoo.
  • Adult gate price $16.95
  • Child gate price $11.95
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Brookfield Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, from aardvarks to zebras and everything in between! The zoo features a full schedule of activities and attractions, exotic animals, engaging daily events, dolphin shows, playgrounds and water features, and so much more!

In the recently opened Great Bear Wilderness, you can stroll over seven acres of majestic landscape and go eye- to- eye with great North American animals such as grizzly bears, polar bears, bison, wolves, and eagles. It’s a National Park-like experience, in the heart of the city. Brookfield Zoo is packed with excitement, and here’s a look at just a few of the awesome exhibits you can experience on a visit:

  • The Fragile Kingdom: This habitat gives you a conservationist’s look at the animals that are most in need of understanding, sensitivity, and care from humans. In the “Fragile Rainforest”, “Fragile Hunters” and “Fragile Desert” exhibits, you’ll see African lions, meerkats, clouded leopards, as well as giant millipedes!
  • Pachyderm House: This is a large exhibit indeed, and it needs to be in order to house the one-ton-and-up beasts who reside here, including rhinos, hippos, and lowland tapirs!
  • Seven Seas: You’ll see captivating aerial shows, spontaneously performed by sea creatures who like to go airborne, including Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. You will learn about their intelligence and unique communication methods as well, which are considered to be inferior only to those of humans.
  • Habitat Africa: The Savannah: This is your “classic” African zoo habitat, but with so much more than just lions! Giraffes, African Wild Dogs, Klipspringers, and aardvarks run amok in this free-range habitat.

What other authentic habitats call Brookfield Zoo home? Hear the call of the wild in “Regenstein Wolf Woods”; see your feathered friends at the “Perching Bird House”; enjoy hands-on fun at the “Hamill Family Play Zoo”; take a trip to the shores of Chile and Peru at “the Living Coast”; and experience wetland wonder, as well as terrifying man-eaters at “The Swamp”! You also won’t want to miss “Tropic World”; “Hoofed Animals”; “Great Bear Wilderness”, “Butterflies”; “Stingray Bay”; “Australia House”; “Children’s Zoo”; “South American Jungle (one of the largest indoor animal exhibits on earth) and then see the creepy crawlies at “Feathers and Scales”!

You would be hard-pressed to find a species that doesn’t reside at this awesome, and very comprehensive, zoo. So be sure to step into the wild at Brookfield Zoo - just a short ride west of the city. Brookfield Zoo is leading the way in responsible zoos, and works in close partnership with the Chicago Zoological Society to turn visitors into “conservation leaders”. So yes, you’ll see elephants, lions, tigers, bears, but you will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of conservation while gaining a greater respect for the animals with whom we share the earth. Come experience the fun, the excitement, and the splendor of the animal kingdom -- pay a visit to Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo!

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Hooray for the Zoo
By Barry J Hall Verified Reviewer from wichita ks on
Pros:
The Animals, Really Nice Walk, Nice Staff, The Rays
Cons:
Bathrooms, A Little Pricey On Food,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Brookfield Zoo:

This is a very nice zoo, spacious yet easily walked. Pleasant and kind employees. The better dolphin show. A bit on pricey on the food cost, but not overall terrible. I would definitely come here again, I recommend going.

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Neat Zoo
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
Trolley, Good food, Lots of Animals, fun, Large, NO LINE
Cons:
Expensive Food, Added Costs,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Brookfield Zoo:

The card made entrance easy to get into the zoo. The price of parking wasn't too terrible however everything else added costs to the day. The food, the trolley, sea ray exhibit, childrens area, and carousel. I think overall it was a really great zoo though. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the zoo and seeing all the animals. The trolley was fun to ride for a bit just to get a feel for the zoo and to learn a little bit more about the animals.

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[9 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

Great Family Fun!
By say from Atlanta, GA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Brookfield Zoo:

This was a nice trip. It was my husband and my 2year old and my mom and sister. We had a great time the weather was great and it was so much to do and so many cool animals to see.I would say everyone needs to check it out

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Brookfield Zoo Details

Phone: 708-688-8000
Address
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
Hours
Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.
Note
Brookfield Zoo is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and managed by the Chicago Zoological Society.
Closings
Open 365 days a year.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
Public Transportation
Take Metra: Exit at the Zoo Stop (Hollywood Station) on the Burlington Northern line and walk four blocks northeast. By Bus: PACE bus routes 304 or route 331.
Driving Directions
Brookfield Zoo is located at First Ave. between Ogden Ave. and 31st St. in Brookfield, 14 miles west of Chicago. Take I-290 or I-55 to the First Ave. exits. Follow the signs to the zoo’s main entrance.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Enter the zoo and go to Guest Relations window. Please present your Admission Pass to any ticket taker. They will validate it, return it to you and let you in.

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