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Albuquerque's ABQ BioPark


Albuquerque's ABQ BioPark features several attractions and events, including an Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo, and Tingley Beach.

Before heading for Amarillo, I only had time for two attractions, so I chose the Garden and Aquarium.

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Opened in 1996, the Botanic Garden has grown to 32 acres of exhibits and showcases plants from the American Southwest and worldwide.

The Gardens feature several themed gardens, a 1.5-mile pathway, and the glorious color of this spring day.

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I wandered through the natural fairyland past exhibits, including the Mediterranean and Desert Conservatories, a Children's Fantasy Garden, a 1920s farm, and Japanese and formal gardens. The Botanic Garden's BUGarium is one of the country's most elaborate exhibits dedicated to bugs and arthropods.

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The Butterflies and Bees exhibit features New Mexico's most notable native pollinators, including 40 species of native butterflies and moths and other pollinators like non-stinging bees and fig beetles.

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After spending about an hour and a half exploring, I walked next door to the Aquarium.

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Since its opening in 1996, the Aquarium has showcased a kaleidoscope of colorful fish native to various ecosystems throughout the United States.

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I followed exhibits portraying the Rio Grande River as it meanders to the Gulf of Mexico. I passed tanks of aquatic animals from the river and gulf, from Cownose Rays and Sand Sharks to Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Porcupine Puffers, and tiny and colorful tropical fish.

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A fun exhibit features playful North American River Otters.

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All too soon it was time for me to leave. I know this; if the Zoo and Tingley Beach are as fantastic as the Garden and Aquarium are, you are in for a fun time there too.

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For more information on visiting all of Albuquerque, click HERE.


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