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ABQ BioPark Aquarium, Albuquerque

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Watch the ultimate predator at ABQ BioPark Aquarium while standing safely behind a giant viewing window. The shark tank is the centerpiece of the aquarium, which showcases five different kinds of sharks. For another view of the sea, visit the Pacific coral reef tunnel where you walk through an alleyway surrounded by water teeming with life. Consider a guided tour of the shark/ray encounter, where you can get up close to rays and bamboo sharks. You'll also have the chance to see divers in the water feeding the inhabitants. Round out your day with a film at the aquarium theater. Take a look at our Albuquerque trip generator to schedule your visit to ABQ BioPark Aquarium and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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TripAdvisor
  • BioPark Aquarium, which is adjacent to the BioPark Botanic Gardens, is a compact, but well displayed aquarium. The exhibits are arranged in themes, such as coral sea fish and sea life, and freshwater/...  more »
  • This aquarium is very well-kept. It is somewhat smaller than the average aquarium that I have visited. However, if you're going to be in the area anyway, it is worth the visit.  more »
  • The aquarium was the best part of our visit. Ticket price is reasonable but we purchased the combo admission which includes the Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden with unlimited train rides. We first to...  more »
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  • The ABQ Aquarium is a great place to stay cool and comfortable on a hot summer day! It is not a very large aquarium, however it is still a lot of fun. An average group of 4 can get through the entire facility in about an hour so you don't need to plan an entire day to see everything. They do have daily "petting" of sharks and stingrays, but those times change so call ahead! Overall, GREAT place to take family and friends!
  • Decent size. The train connect the zoo to the aquarium which is very nice. And the shark cafe I. The aquarium is a lol pricey but we'll worth the money it very fresh and delicious. Plus from the cafe you can view a giant fish tank that has lots of fish, turles, sharks and sting rays all mixed together. So can watch them as your eating. Would be a good spot for a date or family gathering.
  • As a diver I love the ocean and all it's creatures and the aquarium is my oasis in the desert. The facility is nice and the staff you can tell do a good job of maintaining the fish. I love the shark tank and the cuttlefish. I was upset because I saw a parent watching their kid bang on the cuttlefish tank making it ink. I hate when people endanger a fish's health just to see it use it's defenses. I had to tel another girl not to try to make the pufferfish blowup because it stresses them out and it bad for their health. Just like the gardens this place would get a 5 star if the city hasn't been so neglectful and not put more money into this facility. I is obvious it hasn't got an upgrade since it was built and the wear and tear are showing.
  • Awesome (if modestly sized) gardens and aquarium. Check out the "sleepovers," where the while family can roll out a sleeping bag and spend the night in the glow of the tanks, as well as see the feedings, etc. They do have an unfortunate photography policy around the park, such that paying for tickets only allows you to take photos with picket cameras... so an extra $25/person is required to bring in an SLR for birding, flora, or portraits, etc.
  • I could tell my niece and nephew (3 and 4) really loved this place. They have an annual pass, and seemed to visit the aquarium frequently. My niece couldn't stop talking about the time she visited and saw a scuba diver in one of the tanks. We spent about an hour moving at the kids' pace. Stingrays near the entrance made an impressive start. They have a tank with curved glass that you can stand against and it creates the marvelous illusion that you are inside of the tank. The most impressive thing (unless you happen to see a scuba diver) is the shark tank. They have a crowd (mob, pack?) of sharks in a big tank. They are actively swimming, and enthralling to watch. I'd take kids here. If there are just adults in your party, I wouldn't suggest it - unless it's your thing.