Located along the Rio Grande River near downtown Albuquerque, the ABQ BioPark consists of: The ABQ BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach. cabq.gov. For this trip, Two Gals (without the dog) visited both the Biotanic Garden, which had a TON of surprises!, and the Aquarium.
When traveling through Albuquerque, this is a must see! Choose from a beach, a zoo, a garden or an aquarium but do take in some of the ABQ BioPark. Two Gals (minus the dog) did just that. The day started with formidable skies but when RVing you enjoy what you can when you can!
Plan 2 hours for the Botanic Garden, 1 hour for lunch and 1 hour for the Aquarium. Perfect day. And if it's rainy much of it is under cover. You can also take their train over to the Zoo but that would be a LOT to cover in one day, in our humble opinion 😉
We camped at the Albuquerque KOA which was one of our favorites on this trip. A gated KOA in the heart of Albuquerque. It had one of my favorite things, an inside hot tub! As we travelled in late March we didn't find pools open on this trip but, give me a hot tub and I'm super happy!
Our GPS took us to one part of the ABQ BioPark, the Zoo. That wasn't where we wanted to be on this trip. The Botanic Garden and Aquarium are several miles away so it took us a little while to figure that out, and get there!
Botanic Gardens make Laurie drool. She LOVES landscaping and gardens as often as she can as you'll note if you follow us on Two Gals and a Dog. Our Douglas, MA home has 7 acres that she lovingly plants and grooms. In contrast our AZ home has 'rock' and irrigated bushes and trees. She can't play in the ground too much in that environment. So we took in the Botanic Garden first. Believe us when we say, this is MUCH more than a Botanic Garden. Surprises like the Dragon's Den, the Bugarium, the model train village, and more kept us very entertained!
We spent 3.5 hours at the Garden and the Aquarium which are adjacent to each other. Between visiting the two we had lunch at the Shark Reef restaurant. I, Michelle (the vegetarian) had a wonderful grilled cheese with tomato and onion and Laurie had, well.... she had fish! So as we enjoyed watching the glassed in aquarium walls and the fish swimming by, she ate fish. I don't know, but that seemed funny to me at the time.
Residents of New Mexico get a break on the admittance cost and they are pretty reasonable for a whole day of fun things to see and do. Kids were bouncing all over the place loving every moment!