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Brookfield Zoo

Zoo and Other Great Outdoors
3300 Golf Rd (at 31st St), Brookfield, IL 60513, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon–Tue
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
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Based on 816 votes

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    Renee L.
    "The dolphin show and the rain forest exhibit was excellent."(9 Tips)
    Amanda A.
    "Must visit: the monkey house and the dolphin show."(5 Tips)
    Joseph C.
    "Stingray Bay is worth much more than what they charge."(3 Tips)
    Marc Y.
    "The family plus membership is the best deal..."(2 Tips)
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  • Viet L.

    beautiful! i'm a bit picky about zoos since i've been to many places, and zoos are usually my top 5 places to visit. but i have to say this is a great place to visit. in fact, i just became a member!

    Viet Lam · March 31, 2013
  • Eric J.

    If you go after 12:00 noon - drive all the way to the back row and then up to the front (left) to look for early arrivals leaving choice parking spaces; don't follow the herd to the back of the lot.

    Eric James · July 8, 2013
  • Brian K.

    Awesome place for the Family! We have an annual membership which we take full advantage of. There are Zoo Nights, Boo at the Zoo, and so many more fun activities for the family to do. Awesome!

    Brian Kelly · July 9, 2015
  • Scott B.

    Must get a will save you a ton of money! Between saving on parking, admission, and dolphin tickets, the family membership will repay itself many times over if you go more than once!

    Scott Brunsting · March 29, 2012
  • Paul O.

    If you need to recharge your phone, just go find one of these outlets on the lamppost inside the zoo! Lift up the lid and plug in your charger. This one is by the Ape house. Charging my iPhone!

    Paul O1KO · July 4, 2013
  • Jill R.

    Lots of free days in winter! The Play Zoo is fantastic for kids, and there's a baby gorilla in the big primate house. Parking is $10 but on weekends park free at high school outside south gate.

    Jill Rettberg · February 22, 2014
  • Social N.

    Feel the holiday spirit and see the lights at the Annual Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic during the Holidays in the Chicago area. The zoo is located on 216 acres and features over 2,000 animals.

    Social News Network · April 16, 2013
  • Krista C.

    I love to go there with my boys but the weekends and holidays are too crazy. If you can go during the week, make the time to do it. The kids area has lots of great stuff to entertain them. Read more

    Krista Corey · April 17, 2010
  • Christina R.

    Been a member for forever. Wear comfy shoes. Stay away from the eatery by the penguin house RUDE STAFF! Beware of the peacocks and geese they aren't afriad. Dolphin show is amazing!

    Christina Rodriguez · March 31, 2014
  • Scott A.

    Avoid purchasing from the random food carts around the zoo. If you are a member you don't receive your discount and you have to pay cash. Food from the carts can be found and the food courts.

    Scott Albrecht · July 8, 2012

    Opened in 1934, the Zoo is located on 216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring over 2,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo featured the first Giant Panda exhibit in the United States.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
  • Dora

    The zoo’s carousel is one of the largest hand-carved wooded carousels in the country, with 72 animals and three chariots. Plan to shell out $2.50 per ride!Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Parents Magazine

    Be sure to check out the Hamill Family Play Zoo exhibit where kids can dress up in animal prints and zookeeper costumes, make an art project, and pet various wildlife.

    Parents Magazine · July 15, 2011
  • Dave J.

    Awesome place love the polar bears awesome petting zoo AAA+++ place to visit the workers are so friendly and to have a zoo so close tohome even makes it better

    Dave Jones · May 26, 2013
  • Lady G.

    Playground by dolphin show is MUCH less crowded and has kid friendly seating. Also, gift shop in Wilderness area sells limited edition Star Wars inspired tees.

    Lady Guzman · May 6, 2013
  • Safelite AutoGlass

    You can touch the sting rays in Sting Ray Bay! And the children's part of the zoo is more hands on for the kids. -Suggested tip from Cassie T., Safelite customer

    Safelite AutoGlass · January 17, 2012
  • Tom P.

    Purchase the annuals family pass. It's worth it in gold with smaller kids. Also pay the extra $2.00 for members to park on Southside lot. A short walk to gates.

    Tom P · November 24, 2012
  • Brian S.

    When going to the Holiday Magic show, get there around 4pm for no wait to get in. After 6pm, there is a long line just to get in the parking lot.

    Brian S. · December 18, 2011
  • Alex C.

    Pick up a map and an event schedule as soon as you get in. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can see all sorts of cool zoo chats and events with your favorite animals.

    Alex Cleveland · June 21, 2015
  • Richard W.

    Tram tickets are good all day. Ride to the east side for a Red Hot lunch. The fries are AWESOME. Enjoy the dolphins and decide if you want to continue your tram tour.

    Richard Witt · August 17, 2013
  • Terrass M.

    A beautiful zoo, way better than Lincoln park zoo. The animals have much more space to roam.

    Terrass Misher · April 21, 2015
  • Ana M.

    I have loved this zoo since I was a kid. Look for free weekends in the winter. Check out 'Sexy Shrimp' at the penguin exhibit.

    Ana M. · February 16, 2015
  • Jason R.

    If you have been to any zoo before, skip this place. Lame, boring, run down and in needs of to a work. This place is kind of ghetto and not worth the money.

    Jason Rutledge · July 6, 2013
  • Amanda A.

    Opened on July 1, 1934, it is a favorite place for all types of animal lovers. Must visit: the monkey house and the dolphin show.

    Amanda Aggen · March 31, 2014
  • Jeff W.

    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food - kind of pricey and far from gourmet

    Jeff Willinger · December 29, 2012
  • Ashley ♡.

    The Holiday Magic activities are always super fun. Not to mention some of the big cats are only active at night :)

    Ashley ♡ Genevieve · December 29, 2014
  • Tim B.

    Check out the golden panamian frogs. See if you can find the initials SB in the rocks for whom it dedicated to.

    Tim Blackwell · June 23, 2013
  • Brianna W.

    A great place for kids. If it's cold out you definitely want to bring a jacket cause of all the open space.

    Brianna Woltz · May 1, 2015
  • Juan L.

    Really good exhibits but a lot of walking. You normally have to pay extra for some of the extra attractions.

    Juan Lopez · October 31, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    The Great Bear Wilderness Exhibit at Brookfield Zoo is nominated for Best Brush with Nature in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!

    Time Out Chicago Kids · July 2, 2012
  • Sabrina R.

    Brookfield is great but pricey! Smh. Will have a membership next year for all the grands. Will pack a lunch with plenty water.

    Sabrina Roberts · August 25, 2013
  • Canders

    Be sure and check out the brand new baby boy giraffe born on November 12 at the African exhibit!! He was 6'2" at birth and weighed 140 pounds!!

    Canders · November 23, 2012
  • Lisa G.

    Summer time at the zoo is great, but I love going in the winter -- especially around Christmas!

    Lisa Griffin · November 28, 2012
  • Hisoka N.

    Stingray Bay is definitely a place to go. The stingrays literally just come right up to you when you put your hand in!

    Hisoka N · June 16, 2015
  • Sarah S.

    - One of the neatest Zoo's I've been too! Couldn't finish the tour in a day! :) loved it though.

    Sarah Sharif · October 5, 2013
  • Rick

    Primate area was awesome. There are two new babies and the families put on quite the show when we were there.

    Rick · August 7, 2014
  • Jeff W.

    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food :)

    Jeff Willinger · December 29, 2012
  • Mike S.

    Bring your own food and drink! Its nice to support the zoo by buying things there... but it's a lot cheaper not to!

    Mike Spitler · April 7, 2013
  • Grape A.

    If you come off Wolf Road on to 1st Ave. , you can go in thru the South Entrance a smaller lot with a shorter walk to the zoo !

    Grape Adler · August 10, 2013
  • Jessica P.

    Pretty cool, huge zoo, but some paths aren't all that handicapped accessible.

    Jessica Pelasky · September 8, 2010
  • Kevin M.

    Want a real special time? Sign up for a Wild Encounter at I just spent the morning with dolphins and pinnipeds.

    Kevin M · November 5, 2011
  • David S.

    Be sure to bring your own food. Everything is super expensive.....go figure.

    David Sutter · March 19, 2011
  • Iryna V.

    The Zoo is gigantic! Nice place to spend the entire day.

    Iryna Vistovska · May 11, 2015
  • Kristi O.

    I love this place in the winter. An underutilized gem with the lack of crowds.

    Kristi Oltman · January 4, 2012
  • Brian S.

    One of the best zoos in America. The monkey house is definitely worth seeing

    Brian Sutow · August 13, 2014
  • Browneyes11

    This is really great I've been to Brookfield Zoo for years its my favorite

    Browneyes11 · March 19, 2015
  • Emily P.

    There are usually peacocks walking around the zoo. I like going to stingray bay & the butterfly garden.

    Emily Park · August 25, 2010
  • Anamaria H.

    Come later in the day. More of the animals are active close to closing time.

    Anamaria Hernandez · August 14, 2014
  • Tom L.

    Visit the polar bears and there is a glass wall that they will stand up against.

    Tom Lothian · May 23, 2010
  • Kathie Z.

    Family plus membership for $115 pays foe itself on the first visit!

    Kathie Ziegler · May 6, 2013

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