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  • Renee L.
    "The dolphin show and the rain forest exhibit was excellent."(9 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "The monkey house is definitely worth seeing"(5 Tips)
    Ashley .
    "The Holiday Magic activities are always super fun."(3 Tips)
    Joseph C.
    "Stingray Bay is worth much more than what they charge."(3 Tips)
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  • Viet L.
    Viet LamMarch 31, 2013
    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!
  • Jill R.
    Jill RettbergFebruary 22, 2014
    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.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 15
  • Scott B.
    Scott BrunstingMarch 29, 2012
    Must get a membership...it 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!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkApril 16, 2013
    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.
  • Dave J.
    Dave JonesMay 26, 2013
    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
  • Eric J.
    Eric JamesJuly 8, 2013
    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.
  • Paul O.
    Paul O1KOJuly 4, 2013
    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!
  • Lady G.
    Lady GuzmanMay 6, 2013
    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.
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 15, 2011
    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.
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassJanuary 17, 2012
    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
  • Christina R.
    Christina RodriguezMarch 31, 2014
    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!
  • Tom P.
    Tom PNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ana M.
    Ana M.February 16, 2015
    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.
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherApril 21, 2015
    A beautiful zoo, way better than Lincoln park zoo. The animals have much more space to roam.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyJuly 9, 2015
    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!
  • Alex C.
    Alex ClevelandJune 21, 2015
    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.
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie WillJuly 15, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    This is a zoo that has it all. There is a lot of area to cover so come early. Prices are expensive, so you may want to look into membership.
  • Brian S.
    Brian S.December 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Krista C.
    Krista CoreyApril 17, 2010
    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
  • Ashley .
    Ashley 🎵 GenevieveDecember 29, 2014
    The Holiday Magic activities are always super fun. Not to mention some of the big cats are only active at night :)
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Richard W.
    Richard WittAugust 17, 2013
    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.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SharifOctober 5, 2013
    - One of the neatest Zoo's I've been too! Couldn't finish the tour in a day! :) loved it though.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BlackwellJune 23, 2013
    Check out the golden panamian frogs. See if you can find the initials SB in the rocks for whom it dedicated to.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerDecember 29, 2012
    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food - kind of pricey and far from gourmet
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RossSeptember 4, 2016
    BZ is picnic friendly - feel free to pack your own food and drinks to enjoy at the many picnic areas in the park. Hand sanitizer is also good idea.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RobertsAugust 25, 2013
    Brookfield is great but pricey! Smh. Will have a membership next year for all the grands. Will pack a lunch with plenty water.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AlbrechtJuly 8, 2012
    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.
  • Rick
    RickAugust 7, 2014
    Primate area was awesome. There are two new babies and the families put on quite the show when we were there.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GriffinNovember 28, 2012
    Summer time at the zoo is great, but I love going in the winter -- especially around Christmas!
  • Iryna V.
    Iryna VistovskaMay 11, 2015
    The Zoo is gigantic! Nice place to spend the entire day.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerDecember 29, 2012
    Wear comfortable shoes. Everything is very spread out. And bring your own food :)
  • Bee N.
    Bee N.June 16, 2015
    Stingray Bay is definitely a place to go. The stingrays literally just come right up to you when you put your hand in!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SpitlerApril 7, 2013
    Bring your own food and drink! Its nice to support the zoo by buying things there... but it's a lot cheaper not to!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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 ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • 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 timeoutchicagokids.com/awards!
  • Browneyes11
    Browneyes11March 19, 2015
    This is really great I've been to Brookfield Zoo for years its my favorite
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyOctober 8, 2014
    Awesome for Kids and Adults alike. Great way to spend Family Time while the kids learn
  • Canders
    CandersNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!!
  • Bonita V.
    Bonita VazquezJune 6, 2013
    Loved it here the animals are so healthy n big! So much to see :)
  • Kristi O.
    Kristi OltmanJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place in the winter. An underutilized gem with the lack of crowds.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SutowAugust 13, 2014
    One of the best zoos in America. The monkey house is definitely worth seeing
  • Grape A.
    Grape AdlerAugust 10, 2013
    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 !
  • Kathie Z.
    Kathie ZieglerMay 6, 2013
    Family plus membership for $115 pays foe itself on the first visit!
  • Juan L.
    Juan LopezOctober 31, 2010
    Really good exhibits but a lot of walking. You normally have to pay extra for some of the extra attractions.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Come later in the day. More of the animals are active close to closing time.
  • Andrew
    AndrewMay 10
    Always a fun time. Bison bar had a pretty good burger.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WrightOctober 26, 2013
    Love this zoo. Membership is a must
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline OliviaJune 6, 2012
    Check out the Dolphin show for sure...and stingray exhibit was awesome!
  • Karyn M.
    Karyn MillerJune 15, 2014
    Awesome food, great dolphin show. In butterfly exhibit--so cool!
  • Renee L.
    Renee Luckett-BellAugust 17, 2014
    The dolphin show and the rain forest exhibit was excellent.
  • Kimberly
    KimberlyMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A zoo membership pays for itself with 2 visits!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LevisOctober 7, 2011
    Great zoo. Large enough that a big crowd is well spread out.
  • LaWana R.
    LaWana Reff-HudleyJuly 29, 2012
    Buy the membership; you will get your money's worth
  • Abhay S.
    Abhay ShahSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Park over by the side for quick entrance to the park.
  • Dan M.
    Dan McMillanSeptember 26, 2014
    Great zoo, amazing indoor primate exhibit
  • Robbie H.
    Robbie HelzerAugust 31, 2014
    Great Giraffe habitat! You can really get close to them!
  • Yesenia R.
    Yesenia RJune 8, 2013
    Viva la fiesta at the zoo. live band and mexican food... fun :D
  • Snappette D.
    Snappette D.April 26, 2014
    Very nice day for walking and the animals were somewhat friskey!
  • Jay P.
    Jay ParekhJune 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early to avoid parking all the way in the back.
  • Cyndi H.
    Cyndi HolmanJuly 29, 2013
    There's something magical and fairy tale like about the butterflies!
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkAugust 25, 2010
    There are usually peacocks walking around the zoo. I like going to stingray bay & the butterfly garden.
  • Yesenia R.
    Yesenia RJune 8, 2013
    Very refreshing for the duck
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchumanSeptember 2, 2015
    Fun day trip, the gorilla feeding time was pretty funny to watch
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckDecember 19, 2014
    Great zoo, but could use more Christmas lights
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Want a real special time? Sign up for a Wild Encounter at brookfieldzoo.org. I just spent the morning with dolphins and pinnipeds.
  • James G.
    James GubbinsOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a family membership. Pays for itself in two trips and is tax deductable.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenOctober 24, 2014
    I love the Living Coast and Wolf Woods!
  • Yvonne H.
    Yvonne HortilloAugust 1, 2013
    peacocks in the parking lot! super awesome! :-D
  • David S.
    David SutterMarch 19, 2011
    Be sure to bring your own food. Everything is super expensive.....go figure.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SecretApril 15, 2013
    Been goin here since I was a kid I'm 26 now and still love this place
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MorrisJune 20, 2013
    Don't wear flip flops. .. wear comfortable shoes!
  • Bing
    BingMarch 9, 2012
    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Get to know these Brookfield residents: http://binged.it/xsJPbW
  • Stacy A.
    Stacy AmbrozichOctober 20, 2013
    The volunteers at Brookfield Zoo are great!!!!
  • ebbhead1991
    ebbhead1991April 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Are you there to watch the animals, or for the animals to watch you?
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos ButlerApril 12, 2015
    If you're going to visit more than twice in a year, the memberships make sense
  • Christian T.
    Christian ThompsonNovember 18, 2015
    Great time with the family outside
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CharlesJuly 26, 2013
    The ManBearPig exhibit is really intense!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AllenOctober 10, 2013
    I love this zoo
  • Mike W.
    Mike WaltersApril 14, 2013
    This is where my wife found me in the monkey cage!
  • Marc Y.
    Marc YarbroughMay 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The family plus membership is the best deal...
  • Paul M.
    Paul MorganMarch 7, 2012
    Check their event days for kids - the Halloween one is fun!
  • Kathy B.
    Kathy B.August 18, 2014
    Enjoy the cool mist!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PelaskySeptember 8, 2010
    Pretty cool, huge zoo, but some paths aren't all that handicapped accessible.
  • Araceli A.
    Araceli ArroyoFebruary 3, 2012
    My favorite zoo just outside city limits
  • Tom L.
    Tom LothianMay 23, 2010
    Visit the polar bears and there is a glass wall that they will stand up against.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SpataMay 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Buy the yearly pass because just one visit is $15
  • Miguel A.
    Miguel AlvarezJuly 13, 2013
    Love this place. Always a good time
  • Gerri G.
    Gerri GibsonDecember 24, 2012
    The zoo lights were wonderful. Its cold out but fun.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AvilaApril 2, 2012
    Weekdays are the best. .. No people.here whatsoever
  • Bleesy Dee F.
    Bleesy Dee FloresJune 16, 2014
    Polar Bear 😍
  • Jason R.
    Jason RutledgeJuly 6, 2013
    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.
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ChristensenJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stingray Bay is worth much more than what they charge.
  • Jesii C.
    Jesii ChaviraJuly 5, 2013
    loved it!!! 👌❤😘😍💋
  • Shelley L.
    Shelley LevisOctober 19, 2011
    Good zoo to visit well layer out.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CiessauDecember 28, 2014
    Stop by the monkey house, visit the relatives :-)
  • ÐΛΠIΞL Ř.
    ÐΛΠIΞL ŘJune 5, 2014
    Had an awesome time as usual.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SpataMay 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the baby bison at brookfield zoo
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LaudermithMay 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you see a line of buses, just turn around!
  • Sam C.
    Sam C.October 14, 2016
    Hermoso Museo, vale mucho la pena
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