All About The Albuquerque Biological Park

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If you’re new to the Albuquerque area, there’s a wealth of activities to do, especially now that the weather is heating up. One of Albuquerque’s best bets is the Biological Park, located in the southwest area of the city, along the Rio Grande.

The ABQ BioPark comprises four separate attractions:
Tingley Beach. This large pond is perfect for fishing, paddle boating, or just a relaxing picnic.
Albuquerque Aquarium. This aquarium starts with a local exhibit on the Rio Grande river and ends with a 285,000-gallon shark tank full of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a great tour of aquatic life from your own backyard to the ocean deep.
Rio Grande Botanic Garden. A beautiful 36-acre garden that showcases desert plant life as well as plants native to places such as South Africa, Chile, and Turkey. There is a butterfly pavilion full of hundreds of butterflies, and a replica New Mexico farm from the 1920′s.
Rio Grande Zoo. The centerpiece of the BioPark is the zoo, which is home to over 200 species of animal, such as gorillas, African elephants, polar bears, hippos, koalas, and rhinos, just to name a few. The zoo is broken up into six continental zones that feature the animals found therein.

All four exhibits of the ABQ BioPark are connected via a narrow gauge railroad, so hopping between attractions is not only easy, but fun.

For more info on the ABQ BioPark, visit their page on the City of Albuquerque’s website.