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"Visit Brookfield Zoo, one of the top 10 zoos." Top 5 Page for this destination Illinois Things to Do Tip by Faiza-Ifrah

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by Faiza-Ifrah

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Must see activities: butterfly conservatory, dolphin show, A new polar bear cub is the star at this beautiful, world-class zoo. Ponits to remember:

1. The zoo is open every day of the year. However, plan to visit for the entire day to do justice to yourself and to the animals. Also, if you have limited time, first plan what to see and do. If unplanned, you can end up paying too much for too little.

2. If you live in the vicinity and can afford to visit often, please do so. I can tell you that 1 day is just not enough.

3. We took the train first to have a bird eye view of the park. That helped us think about the immense distance that we had to traverse and to decide where to go first.

4. Members pay less. So if you live in the vicinity consider becoming member.

5. We observed while visiting Lincoln Zoo in Chicago that fall and winter could be less crowded in Brookfield Zoo than summer and spring. Also the animals tend to be more curious about visitors when it is quiet and there are fewer people inside the buildings.

6. Bring binoculars in order to observe animals up close. Alternatively, use zoom lens of your camera. This latter technique cannot be used with kids.

7. Observe plant life of the zoo as well.

8. Check at the entrances when you arrive for announcements about new zoo babies. For example, we were able to see the dolphin calf, still under training, after reading the announcement.

Address: 8400 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513
Directions: Located at First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois. There are exits to First Avenue from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and from the Stevenson Expressway (I-55).
Phone: (708) 485-0263

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 12, 2003
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