Garden Canopy at the Albuquerque Botanical Garden; Shutterstock ID 1404076877; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update


Botanic Garden


The twin highlights in this peaceful park are the two large conservatories of Mediterranean and desert plants. You'll also find formal Japanese gardens, a 1930s mock farm with orchards, an elaborate model-train layout, and a butterfly pavilion. It's a pleasant place to wander. Kids dig the fantasy playground and the BUGarium, where the creepy-crawlies are fascinating – but be prepared for high-pitched shrieking from excited kiddos. Special events take place throughout the year. Tickets include admission to the aquarium.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Albuquerque attractions

1. ABQ BioPark Aquarium

0.05 MILES

The ABQ BioPark Aquarium, a few blocks west of Old Town and the centerpiece of the northern segment of the ABQ BioPark, holds a 285,000-gallon tank where…

2. San Felipe de Neri Church

0.69 MILES

Dating in its present incarnation from 1793, the facade of this adobe church now provides Old Town's most famous photo op. Mass is celebrated Sunday,…

4. Albuquerque Museum

0.82 MILES

Formerly known as the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, this showpiece museum shouldn't be missed. With an engaging Albuquerque history gallery that's…

6. ¡Explora!

0.99 MILES

From the lofty high-wire bike to the mind-boggling Light, Shadow, Color area, this gung-ho museum offers a hands-on exhibit for every type of child (don't…

7. ABQ BioPark Zoo

1.37 MILES

Set on 60 shady acres beside the Rio Grande and home to chimpanzees, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles and more, this zoo puts on a busy schedule of events…

8. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

1.77 MILES

Collectively run by New Mexico's 19 Pueblos, this cultural center is an essential stop-off during even the shortest Albuquerque visit. Revamped in 2016,…