Rio Grande Zoo is part of the Albuquerque BioPark, which includes the zoo, Tingley Beach, Botanic Garden and Aquarium. Combo passes for all BioPark attractions are available for purchase.
The Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque is a really great zoo. The zoo is divided into areas making it easy to visit just one area at a time. You can easily spend the whole day here or just come for a few hours. There is a beautiful grassy area shaded by mature cottonwoods that is wonderful for a picnic lunch or dinner. Bringing your own food and drinks is ideal as the cafe is on the pricey side.
Friday evening during the summer zoo music happens in this space and it is a fun and relaxing event.
We are local and love going to the zoo over and over again. A membership pass is worth the cost if you plan on going to the zoo (or aquarium and botanic gardens) a few times. My kids love the Polar Bear Exhibit as well as the Elephants.
I have been to many zoos throughout the country and feel that the Rio Grande Zoo is definitely a fair match for some of the big city zoos out there. There is a large variety of animals and their habitats are well kept and well designed. Definitely worth a visit.
The Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque is an impressive zoo for a moderate sized capital city. This zoo packs a lot of animals in its space, 200 animal species in 64 acres. This zoo feels bigger than it actually is because there is so much to see and do. The zoo is divided by geographical regions making it a good way for kids to learn where all of the different species live. I like that the exhibits are situated very close together making it easy to keep several children together and entertained all at once. The zoo has plenty of shade for resting and there is plenty of picnic and play areas for the kids.
My kids’ favorite exhibit was the polar bears, where we viewed bears swimming underwater and saw them climbing on the rocks. We also had fun feeding birds in the huge koi pond and playing in the shooting water play area, a perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day in Albuquerque.
Rio Grande Zoo is part of the Albuquerque BioPark, which includes the zoo, Tingley Beach, Botanic Garden and Aquarium. Very reasonably priced combination tickets can be purchased to visit all of these attractions in one day. However, visiting the Rio Grande Zoo can be an entire day’s activity on its own.
Disclosure: Although I received complimentary admission to the zoo, my opinions are my own and not influenced by staff or affiliates.