ABQ BioPark to reopen Select Indoor Areas at the Zoo and Garden

BUGarium, Penguin Chill and reptiles opening with capacity limits.

*Edit Sept. 30, 2020: Although we had intended to open the Aquarium along with other indoor spaces October 1, the Aquarium will remain closed until further notice to adhere to state health orders. Please check our reopening page for updated information.

Sept. 28, 2020 - ABQ BioPark visitors will get the chance to explore even more areas starting Thursday, October 1, when many indoor spaces will reopen at reduced capacity.   

Penguin Chill and the reptile building at the Zoo as well as the BUGarium at the Botanic Garden, will open. Because of capacity limitations indoors, a ticket to the BioPark does not guarantee access to the indoor habitats.  
"We're happy to safely welcome guests back into many of our popular indoor spaces throughout the ABQ BioPark," said Greg Jackson, ABQ BioPark marketing coordinator. "With our newest changes, guests will be able to see more of their favorite animals and learn what they can do to help with important conservation efforts. As always, we are making safety a priority with a number of protocols in place to keep our guests, staff and animals healthy." 
The hours for all ticketed BioPark facilities are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays-Sundays. The BioPark will remain closed on Mondays. Regular ticket prices now apply for Zoo tickets. The Botanic Garden will continue at the current discount of $2 off regular admission for in-state guests. 
The ABQ BioPark is continuing to make COVID-safe practices a priority: 
  • Guests should expect wait times for entry into the indoor habitats like Penguin Chill, reptiles and the BUGarium. Access to these buildings is not guaranteed with park admission. 
  • Daily public feedings or shows that draw crowds to one area are temporarily canceled. 
  • Limited tickets for each facility will be available and guests are asked to reserve their tickets in advance online
  • Visitors will have a 30-minute window to arrive for their scheduled visit to the facility but may stay as long as they like. Timed ticketing will allow for proper social distancing. 
  • Face masks or other face coverings are currently required.  
  • Select one-way paths will be executed as needed at the Botanic Garden and Zoo.