Summer is just around the corner which means outdoor adventures! Our family is enjoying one of our favorite local outdoor spots–the beautiful Albuquerque Botanic Garden. After I had my first baby, I was anxious to get outside in the sunshine and fresh air. I discovered the botanical gardens and fell in love! With 1.5 miles of scenic walking paths and beautiful blooms all around, the Albuquerque Botanic Garden is a relaxing oasis, even with little ones in tow.
Travel Channel ranks the ABQ Botanic Garden as one of the top 12 in the country! There’s a lot to see and do, so make sure to explore these highlights on your next visit.
Children’s Fantasy Garden
Upon entering the gardens, you will see a huge dragon guarding the Children’s Fantasy Garden. This area features several places for kids to play, along with fun life size sculptures and exhibits to entertain curious minds.
You won’t want to miss the amazing BUGarium. Scorpions, spiders and giant bugs, oh my! Kids will love this indoor exhibit dedicated to all things creepy crawly. See an amazing ant colony up close and personal as the ants crawl on vines hanging overhead. And be sure to visit the nocturnal bugs in their special infa-red lit habitat.
The Butterfly Pavilion is one of my favorite exhibits. The pavilion features many different North American species of the beautiful butterflies and chrysalides. According to their website, this exhibit will be closed for the 2017 season. Be sure to put it on your must see list for next year!
Rio Grande Heritage Farm
Kids and adults will both enjoy the animals on the farm! You can see chickens, a painted horse, goats, and a steer at this re-creation of a 1930s era farm. The farm is also home to beautiful apple orchards and vineyards. Stop in to the adobe farmhouse for demonstrations on canning and quilting.
Sasebo Japanese Garden
Past the pretty roses and the farm, the beautiful Japanese Garden invites you in with lush green trees, waterfalls, and a huge koi pond. Stroll the garden loop and you will be transported out of the desert, into a green garden dreamland. If you’re out on a Wednesday morning, take advantage of guided group tours led by park volunteers.
Enjoy story time at the gardens with your little ones. Volunteers read stories about different wildlife and nature themes. Story Time takes place every Friday at 10:30am and is included in the price of admission.