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Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield
IL
60513
Tel: 708 485-0263

Directions

Parking is $10 for cars and $15 for buses.

Where are we going today?

Only 12 miles from Downtown Chicago is Brookfield Zoo - a place where anyone who LOVES animals should visit! This sweet Illinois zoo spread over 216 acres is a great place for the family to visit for the day. It's not only a fun place for kids to experience animals they might never have seen before, but they can really learn all about their habits and habitats - yep, it's educational!

There are a number of exhibits across Brookfield Zoo which really give kids an experience into a large number of species that we are lucky enough to have on our planet!

Never seen a Polar Bear? Now is your chance? Never thought you would see a dolphin up close? Now is your chance! Brookfield Zoo has penguins, big cats, primates, giraffes, wolves, and even those very strange looking creatures the Wombat and Kangaroo from... (here's a test - which country are they from? Yep - Australia!)

From eagles, rhinos, zebras and seals, these well cared for animals are all excited to have families and kids visit them.

Children's education is a big part of why Brookfield Zoo do what they do, which is why they have created certain events or programs just for that purpose. The Family Play Programs are great because kids can learn through play, with programs created by early childhood specialists. It's a great way to connect the family with wildlife and nature. 

If you have kids that have always wanted to be a zookeepers, then they should definitely check out the Backstage Adventures, where they can work side by side with the zoo keepers as they care for animals like the kangaroos or penguins. From little critters to big animals, there is a backstage adventure just for you! Kids over 8 years old can just choose and animal, and get ready for a very unique experience!

And yes, Brookfield Zoo has events across the year where kids can really have a great time! From Halloween fun, New Years Eve celebrations, to summer party nights and parties for the planet, don't forget to put them in your diary so you don't miss out! 

Ready for the zoo? Let’s go! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$16.95
  • Children$11.95 (Ages 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years old.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm 7 days a week.

Open 365 days of the year!

Teachers corner

With group discounts for over 20 people or more, why wouldn't you want to bring some students here to learn about the world and the animals in it! Make sure you reserve and pay 7 to 10 days in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

You can certainly build up an appetite at the zoo! Lucky for you there are plenty of food options, from snacks to sit down meals for the whole family. .

Healthy Eating!

There are salads, water and sandwiches available if you are wanting the healthier option. .

Any Top Tips?

The zoo admission is free on some days across the year, so keep checking what days they are! .

Doing our bit

The zoo is a non profit organization which is AZA accredited, and does everything it can to make sure the animals in the zoo are happy and healthy! .

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available to rent for $10 near the north and south gates. It requires a deposit. All the grounds, buildings, paths and exhibits are accessible to all visitors. .

Baby Facilities

Strollers are available to rent from $8 near the north and south gates. .

Can I get one of those?

Did you know all the proceeds from the merchandise sales help care and feed the animals? All the more reason to visit! With toys, gifts, clothing and even musical instruments, make sure you check out the many stores in the zoo! .

More information

Check out membership - it gets you free parking and great discounts! .

What people are saying?

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    we have been to so many zoo's, san diego, milwaukee, and brookfield is honestly one of the best we have ever been to. everything is clean and easy to get to. compared to these zoo's, this one is just as good.

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    I enjoyed this zoo very much. I really liked that they separate all the animals into different species. They have a lot of gift shops that have great souveniers. I would recommend that they keep the place a bit more tidy, but other than that it was a good experience.

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    You are being so nice people today.
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    educational environment with variety of anails. the setting is fun, the people are friendly and exceptionally nice. i highly recommend this educational institiution

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    As an animal lover, I had such an amzing experience. The scenery was beautiful and you could tell that the animals were well taken care of. The zoo was well taken care of and the zookeepers were respectful and happy to answer any questions that I had.

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