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ABQ BioPark Reopening Updates

All facilities are open. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated BioPark guests. If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

All ABQ BioPark Facilities Are Now Open

  • The Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden are open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
  • Tingley Beach is open daily from dawn until dusk.
  • The ABQ BioPark continues to utilize timed ticketing to maintain crowd capacity levels. 
  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated BioPark guests. If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Zoo Experience

Zoo visitors are free to explore the Zoo. Indoor areas like the Penguin Chill and reptiles have capacity limits and you may have a short wait for entry. 

Botanic Garden Experience

All areas are now open with the exception of the Mediterranean Conservatory. Indoor areas like the BUGarium have capacity limits and you may have a short wait for entry. View a map of the garden.

Aquarium Experience

One-way paths will help ensure social distancing. Some exhibits like the touchpools remain closed.

Tingley Beach Experience

Tingley is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

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Visitors Must Purchase Tickets Online in Advance

To minimize face-to-face contact, tickets for the Zoo, Botanic Garden and Aquarium must be purchased online in advance. We encourage guests to check the weather forecast before purchasing tickets as there are NO refunds or rain checks for inclement weather unless the ABQ BioPark and the City of Albuquerque makes the decision to temporarily close for safety. Learn more here.

Timed Ticketing

The BioPark’s capacity is set in accordance with the current public health order. A limited number of timed tickets are available each day. Guests must reserve a date and a half-hour arrival time. Guests are welcome to stay as long as they like.

New Mexico BioPark Society members will continue to receive complimentary admission to the BioPark, but must now reserve a “ticket” online in order to visit. The ABQ BioPark does not offer refunds for guests who cannot attend their allotted time.

Safety Measures

  • Restrooms will be available and will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated BioPark guests. If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

  • Penguin Chill is closed from 1:30-2:30 p.m. daily for deep cleaning and animal care. The BUGarium is closed daily from 1:30-2 p.m. for cleaning. 

  • Indoor facilities like the Aquarium, BUGarium, Desert Conservatory, reptile building and Penguin Chill have capacity limits and guests can expect longer waits to enter these buildings.

Dining and Shopping

Indoor dining at a limited capacity is available at the Shark Reef Café and Cottonwood Café.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, as public water fountains are off.

What to Bring for Your Visit

  • Water bottle filled with water (fountains are shut off)
  • Sunscreen
  • Entrance ticket (printed or on your electronic device)

Summary

  • The Zoo, Botanic Garden and Aquarium are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

  • Tingley Beach is open daily from dawn until dusk.

  • Unvaccinated guests must wear a multi-layered face covering and adhere to social distancing protocols for your visit.

  • Tickets should be purchased online in advance.

  • Some indoor habitats are open with special closed hours for cleaning. All indoor exhibits have capacity limits and guests can expect longer than normal waits to visit these exhibits.