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Brookfield Zoo

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Address: 8400 31st St, (First Ave. and 31st St.), Brookfield, IL 60513-1064
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+1 708-688-8000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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216-acre zoo with over 400 species of animals.

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Holiday lights were beautiful!

Despite the cold temp and brisk breeze, we enjoyed the holiday lights at our first visit to the zoo right after Christmas. We attended with our grown son and his wife, as she... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Richmond, Indiana
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Richmond, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the cold temp and brisk breeze, we enjoyed the holiday lights at our first visit to the zoo right after Christmas. We attended with our grown son and his wife, as she grew up in the area and was familiar with the zoo. We really enjoyed the lights, but think that arriving during the afternoon would be the way... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We come to Brookfield Zoo every holiday season to view the Holiday Magic light show, and are never disappointed. This year the show was spectacular with a new light show. Bundle up and come up even if you don't have kids. If you have kids, they have plenty of activities, including an 8 p.m. New Year's Eve countdown, and the... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the zoo and received a tip that showing up around 2 or 3pm for the holiday lights was the way to go. That way you can still see some of the animals during the daylight and you miss the afternoon rush trying to get in for the lights. We were also able to see the lights starting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So my daughter (13yrs old) and I love to visit zoo's. This was our first time at Brookfield zoo. It was a blast. The weather was upper 30's a bit over cast. Entering the zoo I didn't know what to expect, we went to the first building which was the Australian building. Pretty sweet till we saw a door that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love going to zoo Dolphin show is very nice Sit higher up unless u want to get splashed Tram is good for seniors great way to get around the zoo

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great zoo. They keep making major improvements to the infrastructure and the animals and the public win!! Over the years they have created Tropic World, new seal pens, a gorgeous penguin house, beautiful bison area, polar bear pools, and now this was my first experience in the Wild Encounters area which used to be the old children's... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

As a vegetarian I have to say it was weird going to a zoo BUT then I found out that the zoo is known for taking care of rescue-animals and I have to say they really do. They try to create an environment which comes as close as possible to the natural one. That's why the prices are so expensive.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We have a membership and come often to the zoo. Kids love the zoo. Usually we stay for about 2 hrs and then have a picnic. Kids usually pick which part of the zoo they want to see each time because it is a big zoo. Definitely worth getting a membership if you are planning to come couple of times... More 

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Howard Lake
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

my daughter's 11th birthday gift was a trip to Brookfield Zoo to experience the Flippers and Fins backstage adventure - and she says it was the greatest thing she has ever done, the best day of her life! Jamie, the host of the program, was perfect - absolutely phenomenal! The dolphin trainers were also wonderful! fun, so much to learn,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Excellent place to bring your family. Many fun things to do and see. There are many great attractions and many parking spaces.

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