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“Long Day” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Grande Botanic Garden

Rio Grande Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (West Old Town)
(505) 764-6200
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Ranked #8 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Springfield, Missouri
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“Long Day”
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.

Visited March 2014
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“Lovely park; will be even better in May and June”
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.

Visited March 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Beautiful Grounds”
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!

Visited January 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Fun for grandkids, grandparents, and those in between”
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 plants were not really blooming—except for a few flowering trees—and we still enjoyed ourselves, spending about two hours there. Plus, I had great green chili cheese fries in the restaurant, which has aquariums all along one wall, good food, and reasonable prices. You can eat there even if you don't pay for the gardens or the aquarium. Don't miss it.

Visited March 2014
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“A true gem in the City of Albuquerque”
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, this place is quite large. Thus, you can see the gardens in about 2 hours, but you could easily spend half a day here.

If you've never been to Albuquerque, you might think that the Botanical Gardens here would mostly include cacti. Yes, there are plenty of those, but don't be fooled. These gardens have huge, stately trees; an enclosed rose garden (often used for weddings); a lake; grassy/picnic areas; and cave-like structures which kids like to hide in. The gardens are spread out, so even if there are a lot of people visiting, you still have the private feel.

The gardens are open year-round. Spring and summer is the best time to see plants in bloom, but the changing colors in the fall are spectacular. In December, the park is a-lit with thousands of holiday lights.

Don't miss seeing the gardens when you come to Albuquerque. It's well worth your time.

Visited December 2013
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