Albuquerque Aquarium Bio Park Rio Grande

The Albuquerque Aquarium and Bio-Park opened up here in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 1990’s and has been a hit ever since. The feature that enticed many familes the most was the ability to see real live sharks in person. Those who purchase a family pass to both the Aquarium/Bio-Park and the Rio Grande Zoo will really get their money’s worth.

The downfall about the aquarium is that the entire tour of the aquarium life is very short. Depending on the amount of detail you observe, the trip through should take you anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Begin by purchasing your ticket at $7 for an adult and $3 for a child or senior citizen. As you walk in the fish-handle doors, you are greeted with a tank of local fish with fake “trash” inside depicting how littering affects our Rio Grande river. Climb up the ramp to be greeted by large sting rays in a large pool of shallow water. As you wind your way around the ramp there are tall, circular tanks of beautiful, colorful, yet small tropical-looking fish. Make your way outside to view a “shipwrecked” ship and pelicans hanging around the waters, sort of like a mini lake located outside.

Back inside, near the stingrays, you’ll find little white birds hanging around. Across from that tank is a flat one built into the wall containing fish that are provided with “wave-like” oxygen that bubbles up the tank every minute or so which is always fun to watch. After viewing this, head down the hall full of fake fish replicated in real size form. You’ll be amazed at the size of some of them!

This is where the real adventure begins. You will come across a huge aquarium tank full of so many types of fish. The window is so large it takes up the entire wall and it is quite beautiful to watch! From there, walk through the “tunnel” of ugly green eels. They aren’t very aesthetically pleasing but are interesting to look at. They sort of resemble Ursula’s eels from The Little Mermaid.

The next little exhibition is the Japanese room. It’s more of a fairly new feature that exhibits beautiful goldfish and coy. The coy look like flowers and the coys are quite large and come in a variety of colors. The room is serene and much like a place of meditation.

After the Japanese room are the small tanks of little fish from the cute little needle nose fish to the clown fish like Nemo. What your eyes will come across next will absolutely amaze you. In the dark you’ll find glowing jellyfish in a large and tall, circular tank. To think that these creatures have no brain or heart is hard to imagine as you see their bodies flow with the water and move so gracefully around one another. There are even smaller tanks containing baby jellyfish that glow like disco lights. Expect to spend awhile admiring these beautiful and amazing creatures.

The end of the aquarium provides the most oohs and aahs. This is because there are two large tanks containing lobsters, shark, sea turtles and other marine creatures. Take a seat on the floor or the benches in the bank to get a real good observation of nature’s beauty. This is a good place to take pictures as well. Sometimes people stay in this area alone for at least 30 minutes because it can be that fascinating.

After the sharks, you exit the aquarium into an area containing a gift shop and a restaurant. From there you can go home or head on over to their Bio-Park that comes free with the price of an aquarium ticket. There are a plethora of wonders in their biological park as well. Expect to spend a few hours there alone.