Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois
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- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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The Brookfield Zoo was the first in America to exhibit giant pandas. In the 1980s the zoo introduced Tropic World, the first fully indoor rain forest simulation and the then-largest indoor zoo exhibit in the world.
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- Visited: May 2013
- Submitted: Jun 21, 2013
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Best Zoo in the MidwestFlag review
Brookfield Zoo is a great place to take your kids for the day. It is a very large zoo. It has every animal family that you can think of and they are all out for viewing. My kids love going to the aquarium section to see the penguins, and the "tidal wave" that seems to go over your head! It is also a nice place to take a picnic lunch, there are plenty of open spaces where you can sprawl out with a blanket.
Tips for Families
For the younger set, the Hamill Family Play Zoo is a must see. The kids can pretend to be veterinarians and dinosaur hunters here. It's a great place to take a break from touring for a little while.
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Darling in every way!
This is a charming attraction for families visiting the Chicago area. A wonderful variety of animals, lovely lay-out and staff on hand that are truly committed...
Creatures of the Night
I was excited to see this event in addition to Boo at the Zoo. My 8 and 11 yr olds thought going to the zoo at night for scary activities rather than the daytime Boo at the Zoo would be fun. Well the gates opened at 6:30pm and by the time we got thru the gate the line for the Haunted Tram seemed endless. We started at the haunted house which was awesome. The ''Pumpkin Execution'' only occurred every 30min so ppl were just standing in the cold listening to bad jokes in between. The corn maze was too easy, too short and too crowed and therefore too boring. The DJ dance party was ok. The DJ couldn't really keep the kids dancing. The additional charge for cookie decorating, pumpkin carving and the carousel was a...