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Rio Grande Botanic Garden

2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
(505) 764-6200
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Ranked #13 of 116 attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Gardens
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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201 reviews 201 reviews
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Having received a report that bulbs were blooming and the gardens were full of color, I decided on a photo expedition to the Botanic Gardens. Since we had an unusually dry and warm winter, a greater variety of bulbs were all blooming at the same time. Beautiful afternoon and well worth the effort.

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Marfa, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We walked here from our hotel (old town Alb). 12 per ticket for the aquarium and the botanical garden. The Aquarium was very nice for its size. we spent about an hour there, and although there were a lot of people, i felt we had a memorable and private experience. the botanical garden was so well kept and had so... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The Japanese garden inside the bio garden is quite impressive. It is quite an effort put in there, and the farm is nice and small. But I expect more of New Mexican plants and species.

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Springfield, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Be sure to see the children's garden with the castle and dragon. We found the farm to be a long walk with not much there when we found it. As it was March, not very much was in bloom yet. I'm sure in the summer it would be better when the roses are in bloom.

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Scranton
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Because my mother is a New Mexico resident, we both paid resident entrance fees. Wheel chairs are available for rental for $7 for the day. The garden is lovely, though many plants were not yet in bloom. The children's fantasy park is fun and interesting, and we especially enjoyed the greenhouse Mediterranean garden.

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Paso Robles, California
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Beautiful grounds...but I made the mistake of going in January, when the water features were solid ice and all the plants (except in the biodomes) were dormant. A bit like walking through a plant ghost town. Going back in spring/summer!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Nice job, Albuquerque! This place has something for everybody. The kids' garden looks like a castle and includes a giant pumpkin. There's a historical farm that made me want to move in, a pond with waterfall and ducks, and a two-building conservatory with Mediterranean plants in one and desert plants in the other. We went in early March so outdoor... More

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The Rio Grande Botanical Garden is adjacent to the Albuquerque Aquarium and north of the Zoo. Most likely, people spend more time at these latter two places than they do at the gardens, which is a shame. These gardens have a wide selection of plants and trees, mostly native to Northern New Mexico. Unlike a lot of botanical gardens, however,... More

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Albany, New York
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69 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited as part of purchasing a combination pass to aquarium, botanic garden, and zoo. The best part of the botanic garden was the River of Lights at night, which required a separate ticket. That should not be missed, although it runs only a limited time during the holidays. During the day in winter, with most plants dormant, there is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Went to the River of Lights holiday show - fantastic. Over 400 lights / displays / music. The model train setup was wonderfully creative. Hot chocolate (and Baileys) hit the spot. A great way to spend an evening over the Christmas Holidays

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