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Brookfield Zoo

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216-acre Zoo With Over 400 Species Of Animals.
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8400 31st St, (First Ave. and 31st St.), Brookfield, IL 60513-1064
+1 708-688-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had not been in a year and I decided to go with some friends who are members, to see how it looks during the Christmas season. we went early evening so we could see it at night for the lights. I could not believe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely love this zoo. It’s very large! I’ve been there a few times now. Unless you plan to spend a whole day here, you probably won’t see everything. It can be pricey, but the food is good. Otherwise pack lunches! Interesting exhibits, mix of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Stein048
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided that I had to get out of the house. Different ideas came to mind from shopping at the outlet mall or going to a newly released movie. I decided on going to the zoo which is a place I have not been in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank candy461953
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Lego came out and set up tables for kids to build and play with. They had a character there to take pictures with. They gave out passes for a discount at Lego Land.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Erin R
Reviewed October 25, 2018

Visited Brookfield Zoo this past week with a large group of family members. To a person, we had a very good time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Zoo, as it brought back some excellent memories for us. Our first date occurred at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank David W
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Wedding last night at Brookfield Zoo was such fun. Transported to the Dolphin House for marvelous Appetizers and cocktails. Lot's of fun pictures. We then took the tram over to the Swan House for dinner which was exceptional. Not only the food but the service...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Laurie M
Reviewed October 19, 2018

I have to admit that I am biased towards my hometown zoo (Woodland Park in Seattle), so keep that in mind as you read this! Brookfield is very nice--it feels a little dated, but it is big and there are very different aspects to it....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Very nice zoo that is laid out well and easy to walk. Rain Forest habitat is great and so are some other areas that allow "super up close" viewing. Good variety of animals & more kid friendly than some other zoos. Check out their Calendar...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank davew49
Reviewed October 17, 2018

A great day at the zoo had by all. Family and friends coming out to walk on the lovely grounds, see the animals, and spend the day outside. Excellent walking paths, easy parking, great day.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

The best thing about Brookfield Zoo is the large number of indoor habitats, allowing you to still have a great experience even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. It was overcast and drizzly the day we went, but we still had an amazing time! The orangutans...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 18, 2018|
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Response from Mz W | Reviewed this property |
There's plenty of indoor activites the BEST one's are all indoors. Go and have "Fun"
September 21, 2018|
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Response from bluechef1 | Reviewed this property |
yes. wheelchairs are available at the main gate.
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August 11, 2018|
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Response from Rhroncich | Reviewed this property |
You must have picture ID to use membership card.