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ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

Address: 2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
Phone Number: +1 505-764-6200
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Ranked #8 of 104 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The botanic garden is a pleasant oasis in ABQ. Nice walks and a great variety of plants in a green lush relaxing atmosphere. It should be even better when the new addition by the Japanese garden is completed.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

You get a free ticket when you visit the aquarium, and it's worth checking out. It's probably the best (and only) in New Mexico. However, it's NM. NM is not the best gardening state, so if you expect Duke gardens, then you may need to lower your expectations.

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Virginia Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We visited the Christmas River of Lights exhibit at the Botanic Garden and it was fantastic. There were literally millions of lights and everything imaginable was sculpted from lights--from flowers to pirate ships to a mermaid. The pirate ship was incredible. The lights were better than those in my home town.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

From the Moorish inspired courtyard to the sublime Japanese garden this is a serene and lush environment for everyone. Groomed, clean, seasonal offerings and helpful staff make this a perennial item on our membership roster. For a very reasonable price you can join the zoo and botanical gardens and have unlimited free access for the year.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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57 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The botantical garden is much larger than I expected. There are trails, lakes and even a miniature town with toy railroads going through it. There are some interesting plants and flowers there. Make sure you have your camera and a full battery. The botantical gardens are right next to the aquarium, if you are having trouble locating it.

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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Granted visiting botanical gardens in December is not the best of times. Of course, this place is famous for the lights seen in December evenings. On a cold afternoon, there isn't much plant life, but the children's section has an interesting layout with lots of twists and turns. The two dinosaurs were fun to see even without their lights on.... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We enjoyed this holiday event and were fascinated by the creative displays tucked into the gardens and conservatory. Bundle up for a cool evening and be prepared to dodge a few strollers and be charmed by the children 's comments.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I've seen other cities with similar Christmas lighting, but I'm proud to say that my hometown of Albuquerque is hard to beat. Sponsored by the BioPark volunteers, and built entirely by them and the BioPark workers, it is a amazing light show. Thousands of multi-colored lights, moving figures of animals and birds, a pirate ship, and much, much more. Music... More 

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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This place is amazing year round. In the summer lots of flower and beauty in plants. In the winter the River of Lights is an amazing display of Christmas lights and figures and there is also nightly entertainment. Cold and expensive: $12 for adults, but an enchanting experience and definitely worth the go.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Every year around Christmas the Botanic Garden puts on the River of Lights and it is something you can't miss. They go all out with creations made of Christmas lights - fantastic sculptures of animals and plants and beautiful designs. They have music groups playing in the pavilion in the rose garden and by the water, and have broken the... More 

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