We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of our favorite places in ABQ...”

Albuquerque Biological Park
Ranked #6 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Park complex offering three main sections the whole family can enjoy: Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Rio Grande Zoo.
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“One of our favorite places in ABQ...”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank SWFoodie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

873 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Gainesville, v
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Don't miss the great model railroad``”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The ABQ Bio park is a great place for kids of all ages (and we saw kids of all ages there). Don't miss the butterfly house and the model railroad. Your children will see Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends.

Visited June 2013
Thank Seymour S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“nice but not a lot of variations of flowers”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

They have a lovely rose collection, but after that, there's not a large variation of flowers (but this is the desert). The pathways are laid out nicely, and there's a nice butterfly area (when in season) with experts on hand to answer you questions. For the young kids there's a train to watch, and for those who can't or don't want to walk, they have a train that goes around the perimeter. There's an outdoor concert area by the lake and they have some nice evening events. The per visit cost is expensive so if you live in the area I'd suggest a membership. In the back section there's a little cabin where they have demonstrations. I saw a quilting one several years ago.

Visited August 2012
Thank Nikki H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Albuquerque Bio Park, Aquarium and Zoo.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you are in Albuquerque definitely schedule time to visit the Bio Park, Aquarium and Zoo. The aquarium is small but extremely well done with super informative exhibits. The Botanic Garden includes a Japanese Garden that is truly amazing complete with a Koi pond. There are also a Mediterranean Garden and a Southwestern Garden that are enclosed. During the summer months there is a Butterfly Pavilion plus a Garden Rail Road. The Zoo can be accessed by a small train from the Botanical Garden area. This is a definite must see for all ages. I am an area resident and frequent visitor of the Bio Park in all seasons.

Visited May 2013
Thank Susan L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Albuquerque, NM
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Gem in the City”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The BioPark is a gem of a place to go with friends, by yourself, or with family. Younger children, in particular, will have a great time at all the attractions this place holds. The gardens get better every season. There are lots of little shaded areas, inside areas that show different ecology and a castle for the kids. The Japanese Garden with its waterfall and zen quality is a perfect place for a quiet moment. The aquarium may not be the biggest in the country, but it is inviting with its kid friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has OK food but the bigger attraction is to watch the sharks, rays, eels and other fish in the large tank that is viewable from anywhere in the restaurant. The Zoo is also a great way to spend some time with the kiddos. Lots to see and do.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Aon5727
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Albuquerque Biological Park also viewed


Been to Albuquerque Biological Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing