Lions and Tigers and Bears
The ABQ Biopark is an Albuquerque gem that offers some of the most educational and fun entertainment in the city. The Biopark is a unique environmental museum of four different facilities: the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo, and the fishing lakes at Tingley Beach. Each offers a different experience and exhibits a variety of plant and animal species.
The ABQ Biopark is located along the lush Rio Grande valley just west of Downtown Albuquerque. It welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year and has grown to be one of New Mexico’s favorite tourist destinations.
- The ABQ BioPark Zoo
Founded in 1927, the ABQ Zoo has become a home to more than 900 animals from around the world. Many are part of a successful conservation plan and captive-breeding program.
- Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens first opened in 1996 and has since grown to 32 acres of exhibits that showcase plants from the American Southwest and around the world. The BUGarium exhibit is one of the most elaborate exhibits dedicated to bugs and arthropods in the country.
The Aquarium opened with the Botanic Gardens in 1996 and offers a kaleidoscope of colorful fish native to a variety of ecosystems found throughout the United States.
- Tingley Beach
Tingley Beach allows visitors to fish in three ponds along a mile-long walking trail. In addition to fishing, pedal boats are available for rent should you choose to cruise the pond in a nice and relaxing boat ride.
In addition to the environmental museum, the BioPark hosts a number of special events throughout the year. A summer concert series brings international and Grammy award-winning acts to Albuquerque. During the holidays, the River of Lights displays millions of twinkling lights over 500 holiday displays. It is considered by MSN to be one of the top 15 most spectacular holiday light displays in the United States. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like strolling through the River of Lights show.
The ABQ BioPark continues to expand every year, both in popularity and size. Its master plan calls for steady growth over the next 20 years, ensuring that Albuquerque will have one of the best bioparks in America.