Spend A Day At The Albuquerque Biological Park

By bsozak | June 29, 2017

If you’re the type of person that visits a zoo or aquarium during every vacation, the Albuquerque Biological Park is a great place to visit. The ABQ BioPark is a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and activity park all rolled into one. Here is your guide to the ABQ BioPark to visit during your New Mexico vacation.

The Zoo

The 64 acre zoo offers the chance to see Albuquerque’s wild side. The natural habitats of the zoo are located on the Rio Grande in the city. If visiting animal exhibits isn’t enough, you can watch daily feedings, ride the carousel in the zoo, or see an animal encounter show. Some notable exhibits include the sea lions, polar bears, elephants, giraffes, and the birds of the Americas.

Botanic Garden

The ABQ BioPark botanical garden is 1.5 miles of winding paths and beautiful plants. It was even named one of the top 12 botanic gardens by the Travel Channel. The exhibits of the garden showcase native Southwest plants and even plants from around the world. Make your way through the peaceful Japanese Garden, watch an arthropod feeding, and tour the whimsical children’s fantasy garden. The botanical garden also puts on summer concerts and night tours to show a different view of the park.


While you can see the typical marine wildlife that is showcased at aquariums, the ABQ Aquarium also has exhibits that show local habitats like the Rio Grande and the salty beds of the Gulf Shores. On of their most interesting exhibits is the shipwreck exhibit that shows how marine wildlife make a habitat out of shipwrecks. The touch pools at the aquarium are great for kids who want to get up close with sea stars, urchins, crabs, sharks, and stingrays.

Tingley Beach

Tingley Beach is a beach and activity park in the BioPark. One of the main attractions at the park is fishing. While you’ll need a New Mexico fishing license to participate, admission to the park is free. There is a catch and release pond and a children’s pond too. Tingley Beach also contains walking and hiking trails that are dog-friendly. You can enjoy boating and bird watching in the area to end your day.

After your trip to the ABQ BioPark, end the day at your bed and breakfast in Albuquerque and plan the rest of your Albuquerque adventures.

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