The ABQ BioPark is located near downtown Albuquerque along the Rio Grande River. It consists of The ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Tingley Beach. It welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors per year and is the top tourist destination in the state of New Mexico.
Albuquerque’s BioPark offers family fun and an escape from city life for the day, as well as supports and encourages conservation in New Mexico and around the world. Whether you’re local and planning a staycation or you’re headed to Albuquerque for a family vacation, you’ll definitely want to plan at least a day at the BioPark. Summertime is a special time for the BioPark, with the addition of exclusive activities and other events being offered all season long. The BioPark encompasses four separate entities—the zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, and Tingley Beach—and each present different exhibits and educational fun.
Best Butterfly Pavilon
The Botanic Garden is home to the Butterfly Pavilion during the summer, which features several hundred of North American butterflies as well as thousands of nectar plants. The Butterfly Pavilion is open daily at the Botanic Garden and is included in your admission to the park. It’s a great way to enhance the experience of seeing the beautiful plants in the garden!
Animal Encounters and Feeding Experiences
If you’re into hands-on experiences with wildlife, check out the interactive Animal Encounters shows at the zoo from Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This show highlights mammals, birds, and reptiles from all over the globe and is included in the price of admission to the zoo. Want to get up close and personal? You’ll want to check out the lorikeet and giraffe feeding opportunities. Offered at the zoo from Wednesdays through Sundays at varying times for $2 each, these activities give you the option to hand feed some of the animals at the zoo.
Spend a day at the beach, and break things up with the pedal boat rentals available at Tingley Beach. Offered weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., pedal boats are available for $10 per half hour of $14 per hour. You’ll get to enjoy the views from the Central Pond, and it’s a great way to enjoy the weather and water. Each boat can seat two to four people, and there is no fishing allowed from the boats. Do note that on weekends and holidays, there may be a waiting list, as this is a very popular attraction for the beach!
If you’re excited about something that’s a bit off of the beaten path, you won’t want to miss zip-lining at the zoo. Reaching speeds of up to 32 miles per hour, this activity is offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from half an hour after the park opens until a half an hour before the park closes, and will run visitors $8 per ride. The zip line is 44 feet high, covers 320 feet, and is sure to leave you breathless.
The ABQ BioPark benefits the New Mexico community with recreation, education, conservation, and economic development, and welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors every year.