Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois
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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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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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The number and size of Brookfield's exhibits obviously can't be beat anywhere around here. They have lots of little side shows for younger kids, and they also a have bar that will serve you exorbitantly priced beers (better than nothing, though). They also run a lo...
I think your zoo exoerience depends on what you make of your time there. I avoid the summer, when it is teeming with families and kids, I also avoid the early morning right after it opens when the school groups decend like locusts. Go in the spring, fall or winter. It is not crowded and the animals just seem to be be more accessible. I was just there on a bright, sunny, fall morning. Walking around the grounds was a joy as the fall colors seemed to create a wonderful canvas against which to view the animals. Get there around 10:30 AM and as you walk around look for the docents. Engage them in conversation and let them tell you about what you are viewing. They are very knowledgable and genuinly interested in ...