Biopark & Zoo, Albuquerque
A fantastic way to spend a morning, tour the botanical gardens adjacent to the Aquarium. The Spanish-Moorish Garden is a great photo opportunity with intricate, detailed tile mosaics and a miniature train that runs throughout the park. The butterfly pavilion is a nice way to unwind as delicate butterflies float above your head, land on your shoulder or can be found enjoying a tasty treat. The Saguaro Patio is unique as is the Native Garden and Childrens Fantasy Garden.
The Rosalie Doolittle Fountain is quaint with the gorgeous appearance and smells of roses all around. A great place for a family, someone seeking solitude, or lovers! Gift shops and food kiosks around. Very affordable.
Feeling stressed? Kids driving you nuts on your trip? Take them to the Aquarium! This delightful aquarium center is awe-inspiring and can de-stress the most hyper person. Watching the moon jellyfish soothes the soul and the seahorses will make you realize just how precious life really is.
Everyone gets a kick out of the eel cave and shark tank, there really is more to explore than you can imagine. Admission is really, really affordable for this tiny piece of heaven.
Botanical Garden (seperate) on grounds as well, the Shark Reef Cafe is a full service restaurant and a majestic dining experience.
This is one of my favorite zoological parks. It's not too big, nor is it too small - it's just right! There are over 200 species of wildlife from all over the world. During the summer, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra performs concerts in the zoo. There are also a number of gift shops and places to eat.
OPEN: Sep.-May, daily 9-5; June-Aug., daily 9-6
The seasonal butterfly conservatory at the biopark features hundreds of free-flying North American butterflies and moths. It is included as part of the biopark admission.
There is a small pond at the botanical garden where people sail radio guided boats. You can also see the concert tent and the butterfly conservatory in the background.
The Albuquerque zoo was great! It is a nice spacious zoo...very animal friendly!
I seem to remember that it was a fairly large zoo...so be prepared to do some walking!