If you're looking for a respite from the desert, look no further than the ABQ BioPark. The gardens are cooling and calming and the floral displays can be spectacular (depending upon season). Our favorite spot is the Japanese Garden with many hidden seating areas that are perfect for a picnic. The perennial garden at the Farm was gorgeous this month (July). If you're around in the summer, attend the Thursday night concerts. They are always fun and if you don't want to pack a picnic, you can buy food, as well as a cocktail or two. The BioPark shares space with the Aquarium, and there are discount admissions for going to both.