Zoo Attractions

Your next visit to Brookfield Zoo isn't complete unless you've experiences all of 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 Backstage Adventures as well as any upcoming events.

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Dolphins in Action

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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.

January 1 - April 3
Daily: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

April 4 - May 22
Weekdays: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Weekends: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 4:00 p.m.

May 23 - September 7
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.*, 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
*On Fridays and Saturdays from June 19 to August 8 (excluding July 3-4), there will be a 6:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action instead of at 1:00 p.m.

September 8 - November 1
Weekdays: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Weekends: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

November 2 - December 31
Daily: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
*There is an additional 6:00 p.m. show on Holiday Magic evenings

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


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, alpacas, wallabies, and reindeer, not to mention Zoo Chats and Animal Ambassador appearances throughout the day.

: $6.00 ($3.00 for members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($1.50 for members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00  ($1.50 for members)
*HFWE admission is free between January 1 and February 29.
*Seed sticks for parakeets are available for $2.00 each and sold inside the aviary.
*Please note that the wallaby and goat yards are closed during winter months. 


Hamill Family Play Zoo

The award-winning Hamill Family Play Zoo is like no other place you’ve visited! Children will have fun touching, exploring, building, and playing while connecting with nature. They can pretend to be a zoo keeper, dress up like a lemur, or make some crafts. The primary goal is to foster feelings of love and caring toward nature by doing, rather than communicating scientific concepts or facts.

: $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)
*HFWE admission is free between January 1 and February 29 as well as November 1 and December 31. The Play Zoo is ready to welcome guests at 10:00 a.m. each day and will close to get ready to play again one half hour every evening before the park closes.


Butterflies! (May 23-Sept. 7)

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 dependant.

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)


The Carousel

Weather permitting: Take a spin in one of the largest hand-carved wooded 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.

: $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)


Motor Safari

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: $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)
*Ticket allows guests to ride all day.
*Please note that Motor Safari does not run during winter months.

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.