Midwest Destination

Midwest Destination:
The Brookfield Zoo


Brookfield, Illinois

Near Chicago, Illinois
A trip to the zoo is a wonderful experience, not just for kids, but for kids of all ages. Since the last 3 visits had been to Madison (2) and Milwaukee, we thought that a trip to Chicago would be fun.The kids loved Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo website has the exact address and maps with directions. It's so easy. You type in the address of where you are located and it generates a map and easy directions to follow. Isn't technology grand?

We visited "The Fragile Kingdom" with the deserts (where photographs must be taken in the near dark), rain forests and big cats. We visited the tigers, lions and a snow leopard. We saw the bears, including the polar bears and an Alaskan brown bear.

brookfield_polarbears.jpg - 5543 Bytes The baby polar bear dived into the cool water, swam around for a few minutes and then had a bit of trouble trying to get back up on the rock. He got no help or sympathy from his mom. He kept jumping straight up trying to get back on the rock. His mom got bored, turned and climbed onto a a different rock. After a number of tries, and frustration on the spectator's part, the little one was able to climb out of the water.

brookfield_sleeping_bear.jpg - 5652 Bytes The Alaskan brown bear was huge, especially his head. With his thick, heavy fur, he was very hot. Yet, he instinctively know how to stay cool by staying partially submerged in the pool.

We stayed at the east end of the zoo so we would be close to the Dolphin Show when our time came near. The Dolphin Show at Seven Seas was fantastic. All the kids were amazed. They stayed interested and enjoyed the entire show. View more pictures here

brookfield_stingray.jpg - 5293 BytesWe were eager to see and touch the stingrays at Stingray Bay. You must wash your hands and arms up to the elbows first. Then you lean over the pool and reach into the water filled with stingrays. The little stingrays swim to the hands and you can reach out and touch the stingrays. It was amazing. They feel like silky rubber. In case you are worried, the barbs in their tails are kept trimmed so there is no danger of being hurt.

We decided to ride on the Motor Safari so we could view the park and see what to visit next. As we relaxed on the ride, we were excited as we looked around at the exhibits - selecting all the places we wanted to still visit.

brookside_monkey2.jpg - 7321 BytesWe saw lions, tigers, meerkats, snakes, elephants, gorillas, baboons, monkeys, hippopotamuses (or is it potami?), rhinos, tapir, penquins, seals, giraffes, kangaroos, camels, croccadiles, and so much more... View more pictures here.

What is really amazing - is that, even after all the wonderful and exotic animals (and we all loved them), the kids still wanted to go to the Children's Zoo and the Hamill Family Play Zoo. They also wanted to ride the carousel, which doesn't have just ordinary horses but carved wooden exotic animals, like dolphins, bears, rhinos, etc to sit upon.

At $16 for adults and $11 for children (which includes 3 events) and $8 to park the car, just walking in the door cost us $65. Another $6 for the tolls, $31 for gifts, $17 for food and $20 for gas. So for 2 adults and 3 children - that makes a total of $139 for the day.


Exotic animals, however must be expensive to maintain and the cost aside - we had a great time.

Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd, Brookfield, Illinois 60513 - Phone 708-688-8000
  For more information visit the Brookfield Zoo Website.

Have fun in your own backyard!
Connie Eccles
CEO of ComPortOne

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