Brookfield Zoo tickets
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.
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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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Enter the Zoo and go to Guest Relations window. Present your Pass to any ticket taker.
Daily, 9:30 am-6:00 pm There are extended hours from March – October
Please check the website for updated schedule
Open 365 days a year.
Brookfield Zoo is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and managed by the Chicago Zoological Society.
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
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.
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.
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