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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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). 

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

Weekdays 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Weekends 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Effective November 1
Daily 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

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 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 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 (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

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.


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.

: $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)

Weekdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Weather Dependent

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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: $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)

Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Weather permitting

What's Happening

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Feed A Giraffe

Deliver up some delicious greens that the giraffes will take right from your hand!

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.