Looking for things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico? A day out at the Albuquerque Aquarium is sure to delight. It is part of the ABQ BioPark system.
The Albuquerque Aquarium exhibits saltwater species from a variety of habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and South Pacific.
One of the nice aspects of the entry to the aquarium and nearby botanical garden are large bronze statues of children playing.
About ABQ BioPark
Albuquerque is lucky to have the ABQ BioPark for both local and visiting tourists as an attraction. This environmental park consists of the Albuquerque Aquarium, a Botanic Garden and a Zoo.
My husband and I visit Botanical gardens to share with readers of this blog during the summer months. We also spent time at the ABQ Botanical Gardens.
The Botanic Gardens and Aquarium are located next to each other and a fun train ride connects these two to the ABQ BioPark Zoo.The ABQ aquarium is a great place to observe nature up close and personal. They even have a Spanish Pirate Ship display! Find out more on The Gardening Cook. ⚓🏴☠️🐬🐋🐟 Click To Tweet
They even have a Spanish Pirate Ship!
One fun displays that the kids will really enjoy is a life size Spanish Pirate Ship display outside the main building of the aquarium. The viewing area allows visitors to get very close to the ship so you can see the detail well.
I love to find attractions with areas that really make for a great trip for the children to enjoy. Beech Creek Nature Preserve is another fun outing that the kids will love.
Photos of the Albuquerque Aquarium
The Albuquerque Aquarium features exhibits with live fish and aquarium exhibits.
Watch river otters having fun and get a feel of the aquarium inhabitants in the Mangrove Touch Pool.
A highlight of the Albuquerque Aquarium is a 285,000 gallon shark tank with a 38 foot wide viewing window.
There are hundreds of species of fish from estuaries, shallow waters, coral reefs and the oceans to view. Individual fish are very large and the viewing tanks allowed close up inspection.
Exhibits feature fish from the Rio Grande, the nearby river, including those currently found and those no longer in the river today. One large viewing area showed lots of crustaceans, as well as fish varieties.
We had lunch in an adjoining cafe and were treated to a live feeding of a huge puffer fish as well as other fish in a large aquarium.
As soon as this ended, another diver entered with scuba gear and started cleaning the rocks in the aquarium as well as passing fish. Turtles seemed to enjoy having their backs scrubbed!
Glass aquariums of all sizes abound showing the various species of fish, as well as jellyfish, live nautilus shells, turtles and coral.
The movie theater onsite had supporting graphics, films and interactive exhibits, as well.
A movie theater is part of the Aquarium and features several movies. On the roster when we visited was a weekly roster that featured;
- A plastic ocean
- In Hot water
- Seasons of the Otter
- Coral Sea Dreaming
- Call of the Ancient marines
- One River, Many voices
- The End of the line
Many exhibits feature Conservation as part of the theme of the exhibit. The use of plastic in our lives and how it affects ocean life is one that was a common idea.
A huge display hangs overhead in this area of a large metal fish with a mouth full of trash that might end up in the sea. It makes one very aware of the need for conservation and care of our environment.
For details of another great family nature day trip, see my post for the Cleveland Zoo. It’s a great day out.
Visiting the ABQ Aquarium
If you have a love of ocean life in general and fish in particular, this Aquarium is for you. It is small but offers a great experience.
Admission to the aquarium can be purchased as a single ticket or as part of a combination ticket that includes the Botanic Gardens and nearby Zoo, as well.
The single ticket for the Aquarium also offers admission to the nearby Botanical Gardens.
The ABQ aquarium offers discounts for children and seniors and is well worth a visit. Be sure to start early if you plan to do all three venues, since the parks close at 5 pm.
Visit the ABQ BioPark Albuquerque Aquarium at 2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. The park is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The park closes at 5 – and is also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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