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ABQ BioPark Limited Reopening

The Botanic Garden is currently scheduled to reopen to New Mexico BioPark Society members June 2 and to the general public June 9. Tingley Beach will open to the public June 9. Special precautions including online timed ticketing, one-way paths and extra cleaning will be in place.

May 29, 2020 - The ABQ BioPark is currently planning on reopening some outdoor facilities to the public during the first week of June. Tentative reopening dates for the Botanic Garden are June 2 for New Mexico BioPark Society members and June 9 for the general public. Tingley Beach will be open to the public beginning June 9. Official opening dates will be contingent on state health orders and will be at the BioPark and City of Albuquerque’s discretion based on public safety. These dates are subject to change.

  • During the first phase of reopening the BioPark, only the outdoor areas of the Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach will be accessible to the public.
  • Upon reopening, our guests can expect a different experience than before the closure. Any changes reflect the BioPark’s goal to keep our guests, our staff and the animals in our care safe.
  • One guest experience will be offered: a Garden Walk. Garden Walk is a 1-mile path through many of the most beautiful areas of the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.
  • The ABQ BioPark Aquarium, Zoo, and any indoor habitats at the Garden will remain closed during our initial reopening. These areas will reopen when it is safe to do so.
  • Areas that will remain closed during our first phase of reopening include: the Zoo and Aquarium, and the Mediterranean and Desert Conservatories, Curandera Garden loop and the BUGarium and the Children’s Fantasy Garden at the Botanic Garden. This list is subject to change.
  • To minimize face-to-face contact, tickets for the Botanic Garden must be purchased online in advance.
  • Tickets will be sold at a to-be-determined rate. At this time the BioPark will not be offering combo tickets.
  • During this time, the BioPark’s trains will not be running.
  • All indoor restaurants will be closed, but will offer outdoor food and beverage options.
  • Our indoor gift shops are closed but will offer outdoor kiosks for merchandise purchases.
  • To ensure social distancing between guests, we are limiting the number of timed tickets available each day.
  • Guest will choose a time and date when they purchase tickets online and must arrive within a half-hour of that time.
  • 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.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, as public water fountains will be turned off.
  • Restrooms will be available and will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • All BioPark staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • All guests will be required to wear face masks per the executive order of the Governor of New Mexico.

The ABQ BioPark looks forward to discovering nature with you again soon. We will continue to update this page as more details are finalized. 

During our more-than two month closure, the ABQ BioPark and its nonprofit support organization, the New Mexico BioPark Society, missed out on revenue from admissions, the gross receipts tax, special events such as Run for the Zoo and food and beverage​merchandise sales. However, the BioPark is proud that all of our animals continued to receive the same level of care, food and veterinary support as always. The New Mexico BioPark Society appreciates the continued support of its donors, members and BioPark Parents in this difficult time.

What to Bring for Your Visit

  • Face mask, as required by executive order of the Governor of New Mexico
  • Water bottle filled with water (fountains will be shut off)
  • Sunscreen
  • Entrance ticket (printed or on your electronic device)

Summary 

  • There will be some changes to visitor experience, including timed ticketing.
  • You must bring a face mask and adhere to social distancing protocols for your visit.
  • Tickets should be purchased online in advance if possible.
  • The Zoo as well as indoor habitats, including the Aquarium, remain closed during the first phase of reopening.