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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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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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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ABQ BioPark Half-Price Weekend

July 16, 2013 by  
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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 July 20 and 21, 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 till October  – make the most of this one!

Events during the ABQ BioPark half-price weekend include the Dragonfly Festival on Saturday July 20 at the Botanic Garden from 10 am to 2 pm. At the Zoo on both days, you can feed the animals including Polar Bear Feeding at 2:30 pm, Seal & Sea Lion Feeding at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, and Giraffe Feeding from noon to 1:30 pm. Over at the Aquarium they’ll have divers plunging into the Pacific Coral Reef Tank at 10:30 am, the Atlantic Coral Reef Tank at 11:30 am and then into the Shark Tank at 2 pm. General BioPark admission is from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

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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Free Admission to Albuquerque BioPark for Kids

May 30, 2013 by  
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Free admission to Albuquerque Bio Park for kids this summer

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Update 5/31: Cancelled! Sorry guys, it turns out that although this information was still showing on the ABQ BioPark website on May 30 when I posted this deal, I’ve learned from the press office people that they’ve discontinued the “Summer Mondays” discount that has been running for several years. They will NOT be offering free admission to kids on Mondays.

The BioPark has now removed that info from their FAQ page. I’ll leave this post up for a couple of days as a correction before removing it from ABQ on the Cheap.

Here’s a great way for children to enjoy free admission to Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden without breaking the bank this summer 2013!

Every Monday starting Monday June 3 through Monday August 26, 2013 , one paying adult can bring up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission to Albuqurque BioPark   for the kids.  The admission for the paying adult is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID, and $12.50 for out-of-state visitors. If you bring four kids with you, that adds up to a saving of $16. What a bargain!

This is a great summer deal for a family outing. Or use it for a playdate for the young ones. Or just turn up on the Mondays if you’d like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price, and a child admission is for ages 3 to 12.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins the Monday after Memorial Day and ends the Monday before Labor Day.

Children aged under 3 always get free admission to Albuquerque BioPark, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

Mama’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow… Let’s all sing along and enjoy this great summer deal that gives parents and others offering child care a price break this summer!

–Tania

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Albuquerque Aquarium Sleep with the Sharks

March 15, 2013 by  
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ABQ BioPark Aquarium overnight events always sound great to me, although I’ve spent more time trying to avoid sharks than cozy up for the night with them.

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium sleepovers for all the family include activities such as games and crafts with supplies provided, and everyone visits the touchpool and can watch sea-themed movies in the theater. They also tell you all about the underwater critters and their night-time habits.

The next Aquarium Overnight with available spaces is on April 12, 2013.

The noctural adventure isn’t dirt cheap, but at $30 per person I think it’s a pretty good deal for such an unusual experience, and makes a great treat for kids – maybe for a birthday or other celebration. (And hey, it’s educational!) Albuquerque BioPark Society members receive a 10% discount.

Events start at 7 pm on the Friday night, and finish at 8 am on the Saturday morning – just in time to go get fish tacos or lox and bagels for breakfast :-)

Registrations must be made well in advance as space is naturally limited – which is why I’m reminding you now so you can book in good time. An adult has to attend the sleepover with any children aged under 18. (Yeah, I know. You were just thinking about your next date night or wedding anniversary celebration and thinking “Geeze, 30 bucks overnight is cheaper than a baby-sitter!” Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.)

The next ABQ BioPark Aquarium Overnight events for 2013 are:

  • April 12 – 13
  • May 17 – 18
  • August 23 – 24
  • September 20 – 21

You can reserve online at the link above, or for all the details and to book a space call (505) 848-7180.

And let’s hope the sharks don’t snore…

Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Valentine Tours

February 6, 2013 by  
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They’re clever people over at the Albuquerque BioPark, thinking up these three Valentine tours for adults only. Let the love fest begin with Love Bugs, Birds and the Beasts, and That’s A Moray tours for ages 18+ only.

All tours take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at various times. Tickets are $5 on top of the regular BioPark admission. Remember to take your New Mexico ID, as NM residents get a discount. You’ll pay $9 for regular admission or $15 for a combo ticket if you want to attend tours at more than one BioPark venue. Non-residents pay $12.50, or $20 for a combo ticket.

The ABQ BioPark Valentine tours are only for ages 18+ and reservations are required either online at the link or call (505) 848-7180.  They’re open to couples (of course) but also to singles, if you are interested in the love affairs of critters. Or maybe you’ll find a love affair of your own while you’re there, with another single on the tour…

  • That’s A Moray at the Aquarium at 10 am:  Clever pun, although I had to read it several times before I got the joke… try saying it out loud! The Aquarium’s Curator of Fishes shows what you’re missing underwater, with fish singing love songs, transgendered critters, and how male seahorses become pregnant. (I bet they make more fuss about it than females of any species do.)
  • Love Bugs at the Botanic Garden at noon: Entomologist Dr. Ralph Charlton takes you behind the scenes to explain how insects and arachnids reproduce, and the dramatic love life of all kinds of crawlies I’d frankly rather avoid. But then love is strange, isn’t it?
  • Birds and the Beasts at the Zoo at 2 pm: a tour with a zoo expert to explore the romantic life and exotic mating habits of condors, cranes, lions and frogs. (Note to singles: If a frog asks you to kiss it, promising to turn into a gorgeous  prince or princess, don’t pucker up. The fact that you’ve found a talking frog is miracle enough. )

The price to join the Valentine tours this year is a bit higher than last year. But hey, Valentine’s Day comes only once a year. Thank heavens.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Half-Price Weekend

January 14, 2013 by  
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In case you hadn’t heard, Albuquerque BioPark admission increased recently, although New Mexico residents get cheaper admission to the Zoo and the Aquarium and Botanic Garden than out-of-state visitors – so locals, always remember to take your ID!  Tots aged 2 and under continue to go free.

However, take advantage of the Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on January 19 and 20, 2013, to get a 50% discount on all individual tickets. 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 till April – make the most of this one! 

Events at the Zoo this weekend include Polar Bear Feeding at 2:30 pm, Seal & Sea Lion Feeding at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, and on Saturday January 19 only turn up for Scales, Scutes and Skins reptiles and amphibians day in the Reptile House from 10 am to 2 pm.  Over at the Aquarium they’ll have divers plunging into the Coral Reef Tank at 11:30 am and then into the Shark Tank at 2 pm.

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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Albuquerque Aquarium Sleep with the Sharks

December 20, 2012 by  
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ABQ BioPark Aquarium overnight events always sound great to me, although I’ve spent more time trying to avoid sharks than cozy up for the night with them.

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium sleepovers for all the family include activities such as games and crafts with supplies provided, and everyone visits the touchpool and can watch sea-themed movies in the theater. They also tell you all about the underwater critters and their night-time habits.

The next Aquarium Overnight is on January 18, 2013.

The noctural adventure isn’t dirt cheap, but at $30 per person I think it’s a pretty good deal for such an unusual experience, and makes a great treat for kids – maybe for a birthday or other celebration. (And hey, it’s educational!)

Events start at 7 pm on the Friday night, and finish at 8 am on the Saturday morning – just in time to go get fish tacos or lox and bagels for breakfast :-)

Registrations must be made well in advance as space is naturally limited – which is why I’m reminding you now so you can book in good time. An adult has to attend the sleepover with any children aged under 18. (Yeah, I know. You were just thinking about your next date night or wedding anniversary celebration and thinking “Geeze, 30 bucks overnight is cheaper than a baby-sitter!” Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.)

The next ABQ BioPark Aquarium Overnight events for the new year are:

  • January 18 – 19, 2013
  • February 22 – 23, 2013
  • March 22 – 23, 2013
  • April 12 – 13, 2013

For all the details and to book a space call (505) 848-7180.

And let’s hope the sharks don’t snore…

Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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