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. Please note that masks are required for all guests inside Seven Seas (children 2 & under not required to wear masks). 

SCHEDULE
Daily 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Holiday Magic dates: 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

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


Skating Rink

Skate into the winter season! Bring the family to circle the rink, and then stroll around the park to see everyone’s favorite animals.

The zoo’s 40-foot x 80-foot skating rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®—a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers—so no water or electricity is required for operation.

SCHEDULE
Saturdays and Sundays, November 13-14 and 20-21, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
It will also be open from 3 to 9 p.m. during the zoo’s 40th annual Holiday Magic®—November 26-28 and December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, and 26-31.

TICKETS
The cost for unlimited time for all skaters is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.
 

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.

TICKETS
Adults
: $6.00 ($3.00 for Basic & Plus Members, FREE for Unlimited Members)
Seniors 65 & Over: $4.00 ($3.00 for Basic & Plus Members, FREE for Unlimited Members)
Children 3 to 11: $3.00  ($3.00 for Basic & Plus Members, FREE for Unlimited Members)
*HFWE admission is free from November 1 thru December 31.
*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

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.   

SCHEDULE
Effective November 5
Fridays and Saturdays, November. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

During Holiday Magic®
November 26–28, and December 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 26–31 
3:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Admission to the Play Zoo is free during November and Holiday Magic®. 
Please note that some play settings may be closed or modified for guest safety.


We are committed to maintaining a healthy environment for all Hamill Family Play Zoo guests, staff, and animals:
•    All guests over the age of 2 must wear masks in the HFPZ building and on its grounds
•    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! (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

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.

 

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: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Zoo operating hours during Holiday Magic dates are 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. ONLY.
Weather Dependent
 

Motor Safari (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

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
Closed for the season

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)
 

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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.