Albuquerque Biological Park
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Sitting along the Rio Grande River just southeast of Old Town, the Albuquerque Biological Park is the ideal venue for a day spent out of doors. This massive park is home to four distinct attractions: Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, the Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach. The Albuquerque Aquarium is a particular hit with children thanks to its 285,000-gallon shark tank, while the Rio Grande Zoo's 200-plus species (lions, tigers and bears included) are sure to keep their attention. If you're not really interested in the animal kingdom, spend an afternoon exploring the 36-acre botanic garden, which features numerous exotic plant species, meticulously manicured grounds and serene walking paths. Enjoy the many opportunities to hike, bike and fish at Tingley Beach during a summertime visit.
To save money at each of these traveler favorites, one TripAdvisor user recommends purchasing the package deal, which grants you access to the zoo, the aquarium and the botanical garden; however, "you have to get there before 12pm to purchase it."
The Biological Park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours during the summer season. Admission to the zoo, aquarium and garden is $12.50 for adults and $4 for children. Tingley Beach is free to visit. For more information, check out the Biological Park's website.