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ABQ BioPark Aquarium Reopening on Hold Due to State Health Orders

Visitors can return to other indoor spaces including Penguin Chill.

Sept. 30, 2020 - While indoor spaces, including the Penguin Chill, BUGarium, and reptile buildings at the ABQ BioPark Zoo and Botanic Garden are set to reopen tomorrow, October 1, the Aquarium reopening is being paused to ensure full compliance with state public health orders.

It was announced earlier this week that all indoor spaces at the BioPark would reopen.

"During the excitement of reopening indoor spaces and welcoming the public back to the BioPark, we unfortunately overlooked the fact that aquariums are not yet permitted to reopen per state health orders," said Dr. Shelle Sanchez, director of Cultural Services Department. "We continue to look forward to the day the Aquarium can reopen and when our visitors can come see some exciting additions. We are committed to reopening our spaces in the safest way possible and appreciate the State's continued guidance."

Those who have already purchased tickets to the Aquarium will automatically receive refunds.

Starting tomorrow, indoor spaces including Penguin Chill and the reptile building at the Zoo as well as the BUGarium at the Botanic Garden will open at limited capacity. Because of capacity limitations indoors, a ticket to the BioPark does not guarantee access to the indoor habitats.

The hours for all ticketed BioPark facilities are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays-Sundays. The BioPark will remain closed on Mondays. Learn more about reopening and ticketing here.