Albuquerque Biological Park

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The Albuquerque Biological Park is a terrific, kid-friendly place with fun things to do when visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico. The park is comprised of four different attractions — the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, the Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach. Linked by two narrow gauge trains — the Rio Line travels between the Aquarium & Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and the Zoo, and the Thunderbird Express loops through the Zoo — the four attractions will provide days of fun for your family.

Albuquerque Aquarium
The Albuquerque Aquarium takes visitors on a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Guests will experience habitants from fresh water river to estuarine, to surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean and deep ocean and see all the species that are represented along the way. Other highlights include an eel tunnel, seahorses, luminous jellies and a 285,000 gallon ocean tank where brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks swim alongside brilliantly colored reef fish, eels, sea turtles and open ocean species. A stop at the Shark Reef Cafe and the Aquarium Gift Shop will satisfy appetites as well as shoppers.

Rio Grande Botanic Garden
The famed Rio Grande Botanic Garden boasts the largest cottonwood gallery forest in the world. Located on 52 acres of land, nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Albuquerque Aquarium, it includes a 10,000 square-foot glass conservatory, a 10-acre Heritage Farm, the PNM Butterfly Pavilion, a Japanese Garden, and a model train display. Perhaps the most amusing section is the whimsical Children’s Fantasy Garden. Families are greeted at the entrance by a huge friendly d agon, who invites you into the castle. After crossing the moat, you arrive in the castle and will seem to shrink in size. You will experience life as a tiny being inside a giant garden. Children will love to ride the ants, walk through the carrots, play inside a pumpkin, climb a potato, and listen to the buzzing of a bee. A maze and a terrific play area add to the fun. The lush and peaceful garden is an oasis in the desert with interesting sites and activities for everyone.
Rio Grande Zoo
The 64-acre Rio Grande Zoo offers visitors an up close look at more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Popular species include seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras and rhinoceros. The appealing setting and state-of-the-art exhibits, create wonderful grottos and islands of trees, grasses, water features and rockwork. Walking distance through the zoo is about 2.25 miles. Stops by the snack bars, the restaurant and gift shops will round out the experience.

Tingley Beach
Tingley Beach features three fishing lakes, which are stocked by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish with catfish in the summer and rainbow trout in the winter.. Guest will also enjoy a model boating pond and a train station with gift shop and food service. During the summer only, Tingley visitors can rent pedal boats and bicycles.

Other attractions in the area include:
Sandia Peak Tramway
Petroglyph National Monument
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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