ABQ BioPark Military Discount

July 9, 2014 by  
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The Albuquerque BioPark military discount gives a price break to active and non-active military personnel visiting the BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden. That’s a very good move to thank our service men and women.

The ABQ BioPark military discount on tickets was introduced during 2012, and it gives $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission. The discount is valid for active and non-active personnel, although you do of course need to show your military ID.  The ABQ BioPark military discount is only for general admission, not for any special events such as the concerts at the zoo.

Albuquerque BioPark regular admission for entry into either the Zoo, or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden is:

  • New Mexico residents: $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free.  Take your New Mexico ID to get the local admission rate.
  • Visitors who are not New Mexico residents: $12.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12. And hey, they don’t discriminate against non-New Mexican kiddies. Tots ages 2 and under still go free.

A combo ticket for all BioPark locations is only available on Tuesday to Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon. That’s because if you don’t buy the combo ticket early in the day, you won’t have time to trip round all the BioPark venues anyway. The combo tickets include the fun mini-train rides between the locations.

For New Mexico residents the combo cost is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids. For out-of-state visitors, the combo cost is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for kids.

The BioPark’s Tingley Beach is always free for everyone, at 1800 Tingley Dr SW.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.  Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania


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ABQ BioPark Half-Price Weekend July 2014

July 3, 2014 by  
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ABQ BioPark Half Price Weekend

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New Mexico residents always get cheaper admission to the Albuquerque BioPark  than out-of-state visitors. So all you locals,  remember to take your ID when you go to the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden.  Tots aged 2 and under go free.

But everyone near or far gets a price break on admission during the quarterly Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on July 19 and 20, 2014.

All individual tickets on this special discounted weekend are reduced by 50%.  That means admission to either the ABQ BioPark Zoo or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden on those dates for New Mexico residents is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.

For visitors to New Mexico, the half-price weekend admission fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, and $2 for children.

Seal & Sea Lion Feeding at the Zoo will be at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm daily and Polar Bear Feeding at 2:30 pm daily.

At the Aquarium, divers feed animals in the Coral Reef Tank at 11:30 am and in the Shark Tank at 2 pm daily. The Botanic Gardens conducts tours of the Japanese Garden are given on Wednesdays and on Sundays.

This is the one of a series of slated ABQ BioPark half-price weekends, scheduled every three months. Plan ahead and make the most of this half-price deal!

Military families, remember that military (both active and non-active) always get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged 2 and under, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

–Tania

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Free Zoo Entry With Free Summer Fun Roadshow

June 23, 2014 by  
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Here’s a fun free morning at the Zoo courtesy of the free summer fun roadshow from our friends Jackie, Tony & Donnie in the Morning at 100.3 The Peak.

You can get free admission to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Thursday July 3, 2014, between
6 am
and 10 am, for the Free Summer Fun Roadshow by Jackie, Tony & Donnie of 100.3 The Peak.

Jackie, Tony & Donnie will be broadcasting live from a tent at the Zoo, and talking with the zookeepers about their animals.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo is firm about the timing in their free summer fun roadshow event details, and if you turn up later you’ll have to pay regular admission. So get there early and allow time to park as it’ll probably be busy.

It’s a great way to get into the zoo for free, and we all know that Jackie, Tony and Donnie are just a super-fun bunch to hang out with.  At the zoo entrance, 100.3 The Peak will be collecting donations to the Roadrunner Food Bank to help feed children in New Mexico. Although zoo admission is free, visitors are asked to take a donation of canned goods or non-perishables.

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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National Public Gardens Day Free Admission ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

May 7, 2014 by  
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National Public Gardens Day is on Friday May 9, 2014, and Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden joins in the celebrations with demonstrations, talks, and giveaways. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is also involved.

You can get free admission to ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on National Public Gardens Day, May 9 when you print out the free admission coupon at this link – click the yellow Get This Offer button. You will need to enter an email address and a zip code, but they don’t email the coupon to you – you’re taken straight to a page where you can print or download the coupon.

Last year the free admission tickets were via the Better Homes and Gardens magazine website and one coupon covered up to 10 people. This year I can’t see any info on how many people are covered by the coupon. So to be on the safe side, I suggest you download that coupon then print out one for each member in your party. That free coupon saves you $9 – $12.50 per adult admission!

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is the other participating New Mexico garden. You can go free on May 9 using the Santa Fe Botanical Garden free admission coupon. That saves $7 per adult admission.

If you’re traveling elsewhere, there are many other gardens in other states across the country participating in the National Public Gardens Day free admission offer.

National Public Gardens Day events at the ABQ Botanic Garden will run from 10 am – 2 pm on May 9, with demonstrations and talks on gardening in the southwest, including water-wise gardening. Activities include making a koi kite and recycled notebooks.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden free admission coupon does not include the Aquarium – sorry! Stay outdoors and enjoy the spring scenery instead.

Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Half-Price Easter Weekend April 2014

April 10, 2014 by  
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ABQ BioPark Half Price Weekend

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New Mexico residents always get cheaper admission to the Albuquerque BioPark  than out-of-state visitors. So all you locals,  remember to take your ID when you go to the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden.  Tots aged 2 and under go free.

But everyone near or far gets a price break on admission this Easter during the quarterly Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on April 19 and 20, 2014.

All individual tickets on the Easter weekend are discounted by 50%.  That means admission to either the ABQ BioPark Zoo or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden on those dates for New Mexico residents is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.

For visitors to New Mexico, the half-price weekend admission fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, and $2 for children.

If you’re at the Zoo on Easter Sunday April 20 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, you can watch the Easter Enrichment event. The animals get their treats too, and cats, apes and other zoo animals will explore painted boxes, play with papier-mâché toys, and eat egg-shaped cereal bars and hard-boiled eggs.

Seal & Sea Lion Feeding at the Zoo will be at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm daily and Polar Bear Feeding at 2:30 pm daily.

At the Aquarium, divers feed animals in the Coral Reef Tank at 11:30 am and in the Shark Tank at 2 pm daily. The Botanic Garden is hosting the Spring Pastel Flower Show. The flowers will be in the Mediterranean Garden Conservatory all day!

This is the one of a series of slated ABQ BioPark half-price weekends, scheduled every three months. So the next discount weekend won’t be until July. Plan ahead and make the most of this Easter weekend half-price deal.

Military families, remember that military (both active and non-active) always get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged 2 and under, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

–Tania

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Free Fishing Derby: April 12

April 9, 2014 by  
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Fishing Derby at Tingley BeachDad, mom, the kids, couples, singles, anyone who’s handy with a rod is welcome to join a fun day of fishing in the free fishing derby at Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque’s 8th Annual Free Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday April 12, 2014, from 7:15 am to 4 pm.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock 5000 rainbow trout for the fishing derby, and 200 fishing derby prizes are up for grabs for those catching a tagged rainbow trout between 7:15 am and 4 pm.

The Tingley Beach Fishing Derby is for all ages, although you need a New Mexico fishing license to take part if you’re aged 12 years or older. If you don’t have one, they’re no longer for sale at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.

During the fishing derby, the Tingley Beach Café and Convenience inside the Tingley Station will be open and selling food and drink.

Note that Tingley Beach will close the evening before, at 5 pm on Friday April 11, to prepare for the derby.

The Tingley Beach Free Fishing Derby gives a nod to the rod:

  • When: Saturday April 12, 2014
  • Time: 7:15 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Free, but you must have a valid fishing license.

No registration is required for Saturday’s fishing derby, just turn up. Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark.

–Tania

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Rio Grande Cup Regatta

October 24, 2013 by  
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Despite the posh-sounding name, the Rio Grande Cup is an event for radio-controlled model sailboats, which I think is actually more fun! And it’s free to cheer the boats on…

The 6th annual Rio Grande Cup Regatta 2013 sets sail this weekend on October 26 and 27 at Tingley Beach, captained by the Duke City Model Yacht Club. I reckon kids (of all ages) would love to go for a walk around the model boat pond to see the fleet of boats race, and I know there’s a lot of skill in racing these model boats, so I expect the competition will be fierce. Landlubbers can go and watch for free, and let’s just hope there are no pirates…

The Rio Grande Cup races start at 11 am on both October 26 and 27.  They will race until 4:30 pm on Saturday with a lunch break for the skippers to stock up on vittles. On Sunday, the racing is from 11 am until about 1 pm, followed by a trophy presentation at 1:30 pm.

The Duke City Model Yacht Club will also be doing practices at Tingley Beach on Friday afternoon, October 25, so if you’re in the ‘hood, you could drop by and watch those too.

Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Half-Price Weekend October 2013

October 10, 2013 by  
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ABQ BioPark Half Price Weekend

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When Albuquerque BioPark increased admission fees last year, they introduced two-tier pricing. New Mexico residents get cheaper admission to the Zoo and the Aquarium and Botanic Garden than out-of-state visitors. So all you locals, always remember to take your ID!  Tots aged 2 and under continue to go free.

Everyone near or far gets a price break on admission during the quarterly Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on October 19 and 20, 2013.

All individual tickets are discounted by 50%.  That means admission to either the ABQ BioPark Zoo or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden on those dates for New Mexico residents is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.

For visitors to New Mexico, the half-price weekend admission fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, and $2 for children.

This is the one of a series of slated ABQ BioPark half-price weekends, scheduled every three months. So the next discount weekend won’t be until January. Plan ahead and make the most of this one!

It’s a great opportunity to see Rozie the elephant’s new baby elephant. The girl calf was born on October 2 and she has started to venture out into the yard for a few hours each day. You can see the baby elephant’s schedule here. She will be called either Jazmine, Roxy, Nita, or Chamiza. Got an opinion? Vote on your favorite name here at Facebook. I voted for Chamiza… because it’s a native plant but the Z pays fit nicely with other family names. I hope older sister Daizy doesn’t get too jealous of all the attention on the new arrival.

Military families listen up! Remember that military (both active and non-active) always get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged 2 and under, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

–Tania

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Fish Without A License: September 28

September 26, 2013 by  
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According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2013 when it’s legal to fish without a license in the state of New Mexico. I already told you about the first one earlier this summer and the second date is coming right up!

On Saturday September 28, 2013, anyone may fish without a license in New Mexico. This gives newbies a chance to try out the sport of fishing without having to buy a license.  The perfect place to go fishing in Albuquerque is at Tingley Beach, so there might be quite a few people gathering for the Tingley Beach Fish Without a License day. The Tingley Beach ponds will be open so you can fish without a license for free from dawn to dusk on September 28. That’s from 7 am until 7 pm.

This is all part of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Tingley Beach free fishing might be a bit of a party and it should be fun for kids who want to try out their skills!  You could go crazy and take a picnic too, or just have a leisurely hike around the ponds. Note that all other fishing rules and regs still apply even on the days when you can fish without a license.

Tingley Beach is always so peaceful. You’re just a stone’s throw away from the city buzz, but out there by the ponds it’s very tranquil. I don’t know if they will have the model boats sailing around too on Saturday (it could be too much congestion!) but I find those delightful to watch. And I always love the statue of Clyde and Carrie Tingley at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching and cheer-inspiring statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.

Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Daizy the Elephant Birthday Party

August 22, 2013 by  
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Daizy the elephant

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ABQ BioPark Zoo celebrates Daizy the elephant’s birthday, and I can’t quite believe it’s her fourth birthday already. She’s growing up so fast she’ll be off to college soon. But indeed it is her birthday, so here’s how to celebrate with her…

ABQ BioPark Zoo holds the Daizy the Elephant birthday party on Saturday August 24, 2013, and you can find out all about these rare Asian elephants and how they are being protected.  The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm, and activities are included with zoo admission.

Expect Q&A with the elephant keeper, training demonstrations, and live music from The Anslovers. The elephants will also hunt for birthday treats and devour the fruit and hay birthday cakes. (It’s an entertaining sight.) Subway restaurants will provide the cakes for the elephants and also serve up cookies for the rest of us.

I went to Daizy the elephant’s birthday party last year and loved every minute of it. The memory of dancing elephants and Rozie (Daizy’s mom) playing Wild Thing on a guitar will stay with me always.

I doubt Rozie will be strumming the guitar this year as she is pregnant and probably can’t play the rock chick. That means Daizy the elephant is expecting a new sibling any time soon. Rozie is pregnant via artificial insemination from zoo-mate elephant Samson and blood tests suggest the new baby could be a girl.  No guarantees on the gender, but start thinking about girl elephant names in case the ABQ BioPark asks for suggestions! The calf is due any time between now and November, although zoo keepers have a hunch that the calf may come in mid-September.

Crikey, it’s more exciting than the baby watch for Princess Kate and Prince William, although the princess had a much shorter  gestation period. (Kate will be grateful for that!)

The Daizy the elephant birthday event and elephant conservation day activities on August 24 are included with ABQ BioPark Zoo regular admission:

  • New Mexico residents: $9 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12, and ages 2 and under go free.  Take your New Mexico ID to get the locals’ admission rate.
  • Visitors who are not New Mexico residents: $12.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors 65+, $4 for kids aged 3-12. Tots ages 2 and under still go free.
  • Military personnel (active and non-active) get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.

ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) is located at 903 10th Street SW.

–Tania

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