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Mar 27

Albuquerque Biological Park

Koala If you are ever in Albuquerque and you want to stay busy for an entire day and not spend a lot of money doing it then the Biopark is the place to be.  It is a combination of three wonderful areas that are connected through the transit system of the city of Albuquerque.  There is a very nice zoo, a small aquarium, and a great botanical garden.  The park is open from 9 to 5 and then an hour longer during the summer months and it will take you most of the day to enjoy all three exhibits to the fullest.  The only downside to the park is that the Rio Line train that connects the area is closed on Mondays so you cannot buy a combo ticket.  The combo ticket is the way to go because it only costs $12 for an adult ticket or $5 for those 12 years or younger, and that gets you into all three attractions, but you have to buy one before noon because there is not enough time in the afternoon to see all three if you start your day then.
Polar Bear

The Rio Grande Zoo is a medium sized zoo at 64 acres and has over 250 species of animals that cover the major continents of the world. Their more impressive exhibits were their sea lion, polar bear, and koala areas.  Other popular species that make their home at the Rio Grande Zoo are Asian elephants, lions, a variety of primates, and komodo dragons.  The zoo was very well done and one of the few places that I have ever been to that had koalas.
Reef Tank

The Albuquerque Aquarium is probably the smallest aquarium that I have ever been to, but it is also the lowest priced aquarium that I have ever seen.  Despite is relatively small size it is well done.  There are several exhibit areas in the aquarium, everything from a surf zone to the open ocean.  The biggest tank is a 285,000 gallon shark tank that has a few other species in it like sea turtles.  There were also a few reef tanks and a tube full of jellyfish that were well done.
Shark Tank

The Rio Grande Botanic Garden has over a mile and a half of trails that take their visitors through a variety of gardens.  The highlights of the garden were their Sasebo Japanese Garden, Heritage Farm, and two beautifully designed glass conservatories where one housed plants from the Mediterranean and the other housed desert plants.  There was also a children’s Fantasy Garden that you have to enter a castle to get to, a large model train exhibit and a seasonal butterfly pavilion.  Unfortunately, I was in Albuquerque in March so I did not get to see the garden at its peak, but it still was very impressive.
Glass Conservatory

The city of Albuquerque is really something special with its Biopark.  They could easy charge three times the amount that they do and most other cities that Karen and I have been to regularly do charge that much.  I know if Karen or I are ever in the Albuquerque area again we will make it a point to spend a day visiting all three of these attractions.
Heritage Farm

For more information visit their website at http://www.cabq.gov/biopark

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