Zoo Attractions


Your next visit to Brookfield Zoo isn't complete unless you've experiences the amazing attractions on hand. You'll find the full list of year-round and seasonal attractions below. Also be sure to check out our upcoming events.

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ATTRACTIONS

Dolphins in Action

Get to know our dolphins through the exciting and educational Dolphins in Action! Learn about dolphin social structures and adaptations as our dolphins captivate you with aerial displays and other exhibitions that show off their incredible intelligence and agility. 

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 
Children 3 to 11: $3.00

SCHEDULE

Mondays*, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 11:30 a.m.,1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

*We will also offer a 1:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action presentation on Monday, July 4, 2022
 

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

At just over three-acres, this exhibit is geared toward guests of all ages and features unforgettable hands-on experiences that include opportunities to touch and feed animals, including parakeets and goats. You'll also get to see red pandas, llamas, wallabies, and reindeer, not to mention Zoo Chats and Animal Ambassador appearances throughout the day.

*Seed sticks for parakeets are available for $2.00 each and sold inside the aviary.

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00 ($3.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

SCHEDULE
Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hamill Family Play Zoo 

At the award-winning Hamill Family Play Zoo, young children and their families explore, play, and learn by doing. Our goal is for our guests to have fun and grow their lifelong connections with animals and nature.   

Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is currently free.


SCHEDULE:

Open Daily 
 

HOURS:

Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., outdoor play gardens and indoor animal viewing only
Wednesdays and Thursdays:10 a.m. – 2 p.m.*
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.*

*some individual settings may be closed or time limited

We are committed to maintaining a healthy environment for all Hamill Family Play Zoo guests, staff, and animals:

•    Additional hand-sanitizing stations and self-service disposable-cleaning-wipe stations have been added
•    Our extremely high cleaning standards have been increased 
•    Plush animals in the Animal Hospital play setting are regularly disinfected using ultraviolet light
•    Costumes have temporarily been removed
•    Face painting has been removed 
•    Play spaces that do not enable social distancing are temporarily closed
•    Some play spaces have been rearranged to enable easier social distancing 
•    All staff and volunteers follow CDC recommendations
•    There is no eating or drinking in the HFPZ building or on its grounds 
•    Staff will monitor and facilitate guest entrance to ensure reduced numbers of guests within the building at any given time (guests may be asked to wait prior to entering)

Butterflies! 

Discover some of nature's most colorful creatures - butterflies! Observe as these species native to North America fly around the pond, up into the sky, land on some flowers, and possibly land on you! This exhibit also features a 'pupa room' where you can watch the transformation from pupa to caterpillar to butterfly! *May be weather dependent.

TICKETS 
Adults
: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.50 ($1.75 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

Click here for a monarch butterfly coloring sheet, courtesy of JULIE!

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The Carousel 

Weather permitting: Take a spin in one of the largest hand-carved wooden carousels in the country! Located near the zoo’s North Gate entrance, The Carousel features 72 animals to choose from, some representing highly endangered animals from around the world, as well as three stationary animal chariots. Please Note: All seated riders require a ticket.

TICKETS
Adults
: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $3.50 ($1.75 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)

SCHEDULE
Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weather permitting)
 

Motor Safari 

Hop aboard the Motor Safari for a narrated ride around Brookfield Zoo! You'll get to know all the exhibits and fun things to do here at the zoo while also learning about the conservation work we do as well as get insights into the history of the Chicago Zoological Society. It's a great way to relax while getting the most out of your Brookfield Zoo experience. Please Note: All riders require a ticket.

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SCHEDULE
Running on limited basis; please check ticket booth

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00 ($3.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($2.00 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00 ($1.50 for members)
 

What's Happening

 

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.