Albuquerque BioPark

The Albuquerque BioPark

Learn About The Albuquerque Bio Park!

The Albuquerque BioPark is actually a group of four attractions that focus on the fauna and flora of Albuquerque New Mexico.

Features range from exotic wildlife and animals at the Albuquerque zoo to the native flowers and plants at the Botanic Garden.

The Albuquerque Biological Park has the mission to share and foster interest in the environment, environmental awareness, and educational opportunities about environmental stewardship.

Buy a ticket to each activity separately, or do what my family does and buy the combo ticket- 3 attractions for $15 (adults) and $6 (kids age 3-12) and $8 for seniors (65+)!* (Note: Tingley Beach is a free attraction.)

Plus, the combo tickets come with a free Albuquerque BioPark train ride, which will take you between all the destinations.

Tickets (including combo tickets) can be purchased online or at each attraction.

The Rio Grande Zoo
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The biggest, and most popular, attraction at the Albuquerque Bio Park is the zoo. The zoo was built in 1927 and has been a major source of enjoyment for all residents and tourists since then. The zoo has a wide variety of animals from the most exotic, like giraffes, lions, and elephants at the Africa exhibit, to the more commonplace, like the reptiles, llamas, and seals and sea lions.

Ever want to ride a camel?

Come to the Albuquerque zoo!

Would you love to feed the giraffes?

It’s available at the Albuquerque zoo!

Maybe you’d like to see a porcupine up close?

Check out the Albuquerque zoo Porcupine Stroll!

Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids (age 3-12) and $4.50 for senior citizens (65+).*

Click Here for more information about the Rio Grande Zoo.

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The Albuquerque Aquarium
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The next most popular attraction has to be the Albuquerque Aquarium. This is located in the Albuquerque BioPark main grounds, next to the Botanic Garden. The aquarium is dedicated to showcasing exotic underwater species, such as sharks and eels, and also native freshwater species found right in the Rio Grande (the river that runs right through Albuquerque).

Purchasing an aquarium ticket also gives you admission into the Botanic Garden, so make a day of it and see both Albuquerque BioPark attractions!

Want to pet a stingray?

The Albuquerque aquarium has a petting and feeding tank!

Curious to see a shark up close?

Check out the huge shark tank!

Did you know jellyfish are luminescent?

The aquarium’s “Aliens of the Sea” exhibit showcases these guys.

Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids (age 3-12) and $4.50 for senior citizens (65+).*

Click Here for more information about the Albuquerque Aquarium.
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Albuquerque Botanic Garden
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The Botanic Garden is included with admission to the aquarium, so it’s worth it to walk across the Albuquerque BioPark parking lot and check it out. Nestled on the banks of the Rio Grand, the botanic garden is a collection of gardens highlighting some of the most indigenous and exotic plants and flowers in the world. With over 36 acres of conservatories and gardens, and over a mile and half of trails through the gardens, it’s a leisurely way to enjoy a warm spring or fall day.

Do you love butterfly gardens?

The Botanic Garden has a butterfly pavilion where you can see several hundred North American butterflies in all stages of life. (Note: The butterfly pavilion is only open May 20- early October.)

Want to visit a Japanese Garden?

The Sasebo Japanese Garden has it all; bridges, a bell tower, huge wooden gates and tons of Japanese foliage.

Curious about New Mexico farming?

The Rio Grand Heritage Farm is a replica 1930’s style farm complete with orchards, vineyards, an adobe farmhouse and plenty of farm animals; sheep, cows, horses, chickens and goats.

Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids (age 3-12) and $4.50 for senior citizens (65+).*
 (Don’t forget the ticket includes admission to the aquarium!)

Click Here for tickets to the Albuquerque Botanic Garden.

Tingley Beach
The “free” attraction of the Albuquerque Biological Park is Tingley Beach. Tingley Beach is a man-made group of 3 lakes in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. It is right along the drive from the Albuquerque Bio Park to the zoo, and is open every day from sunrise to sunset. It is a great way to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area or to havea family bbq. 

Want to fish without driving too far?
Tingley Beach has 3 fishing areas and all are FREE! (Adults & kids over 12 need a valid NM fishing license.)

Looking for something different?

Rent a pedal boat and cruise the lake. Or simply take a walk around the lake, or start your hike or bike ride from the park.

Enjoy sailing?

Well, not full size, but model sailboats and gas-powered boats are welcome.

Click Here for directions and hours at Tingley Beach.

Let's Go!

Well, that’s the Albuquerque BioPark in a nutshell! I encourage you to click on the attraction links for more information so you really get the most out of your visit to the Albuquerque Biological Park. It’s a great way for visitors and locals to spend some quality time together.

*Prices based on New Mexico resident rates. Non-resident rates are higher.