ABQ BioPark Aquarium, Albuquerque

ABQ BioPark Aquarium, Albuquerque (must see)

The Albuquerque Aquarium was built as a themed aquarium, with visitors starting at a fountain that depicts the headwaters of the Rio Grande and ending at a 285,000-US-gallon saltwater tank which holds species from the open ocean of the Gulf of Mexico. After entering the museum, visitors first view freshwater tanks that display fish from the Rio Grande, both currently found and those no longer found in the river today. Adjacent to this exhibit is a model boat exhibition hall and a movie theater displaying informational films on aquatic life. Following this is a Gulf of Mexico Coast Gallery, which contains several exhibits depicting the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, with fish and bird species from this region as well as stingrays and a retired shrimp fishing boat. A replica of a coral reef displaying such fish as parrot-fish, angelfish, grunts, porcupine-fish, and trigger-fish comes next; followed by an eel cave which displays green moray eels, spotted eel, purplemouth eel, and goliath groupers. The next exhibit is a series of small tanks exhibiting "oddities" such as clown-fish, seahorses, pipe-fish, and jellyfish. On occasion, there will also be a touch pool tank open that contains stingrays and bamboo shark pups. A restaurant and a gift shop are also located in the building.

Why You Should Visit:
Easy to navigate and with lots of interactive opportunities (especially for kids), plus very friendly staff.
The restaurant at the shark tank is fun and fascinating – feels like you're in the sea.
Good representation of Pacific life and local aquatic life.

Tip:
The combo ticket is worth the price if you get to either the Zoo or Aquarium at opening time and immediately head to the other site first. They are over 2 miles apart from each other and if you ride the train, please check the train schedule first to plan your day!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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ABQ BioPark Aquarium on Map

Sight Name: ABQ BioPark Aquarium
Sight Location: Albuquerque, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old Town Orientation Walk  

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