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FAMILY ATTRACTIONS / AMUSEMENTS
Parents always have an answer to the question, “What are we going to do, today?” when they live in Metropolitan Albuquerque. World-class science and nature museums, educational centers, parks and zoos, amusement centers, or organized programs and sports leagues are just a few of the activities and adventures waiting for the younger set. Many attractions are so fascinating and artfully managed, even parents look forward to spending a few hours or the entire day in exploration and discovery.
2601 Central Avenue NW
Exhibits showcase Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from a variety of habitats including estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean, and deep ocean. The 285,000-gallon ocean tank contains brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks swimming alongside brilliantly colored reef fish, eels, and sea turtles.
Albuquerque Biological Park
903 Tenth Street SW
The unique environmental museum of Albuquerque Biological Park encompasses the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, and Tingley Beach Aquatic Park as well as the 64-acre Rio Grande Zoo to take its place as the largest complex of it kind in the entire Southwest. With its flowing fountains, bright blooms, green house, butterfly pavilion and butterfly garden, and delightful patio café, the park is a wonderful place to teach children about nature.
American International Rattlesnake Museum
202 San Felipe NW
Fascinating for adults and children, this exhibit is dedicated to animal conservation and preservation through education. It holds the world’s largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes displayed in recreated natural landscapes.
Blades Multiplex Arenas
801 Loma Colorado Drive NW
Rio Rancho 505-892-9222
The first-rate hockey and ice-skating rink at this sports complex that serves the entire Albuquerque metropolitan area is rivaled only by the outstanding indoor soccer field.
Cliffs Amusement Park
4800 Osuna NE
Fifteen acres of amusement park rides and attractions include areas designed especially for the younger set as well as more exciting adventures to challenge those with wilder spirits.
1701 Mountain Road NW
This science and children’s museum showcases more than 250 interactive science, technology, and art exhibits. Features include a laminar flow fountain, an experiment bar, an arts and crafts area, a high-wire bike, and a robotics lab.