Hello! This week's travel post is for all the animal lovers because it's about our visit to the Albuquerque Zoo. After we spent the morning of Day Five on top of the Sandia Mountains, we drove to downtown Albuquerque to meet our son-in- law Jason at the zoo.
Our family loves zoos, especially our son, so whenever we visit a new city, if we have the time, we always try to make a stop to the zoo. Unfortunately, our son was not with us on this trip because he was away at school, and as much as I enjoyed our visit to this zoo, the whole time I was there I experienced a sort of sadness because all I could think about was how much my son would enjoy this zoo. I longed to 'beam' him from Minnesota to New Mexico, just so he could experience the zoo with us; but of course, I could not. So with the help of modern technology I took lots of pictures and videos and sent them to him. But then, that ended up making it worse, because the second he got the pictures he called and said 'I can't believe your at a zoo without me!' Oh well, I tried.
The Albuquerque Zoo is actually part of what they call The Albuquerque Biological Park. This park consists of the zoo, an aquarium, and botanical gardens. We had planned on seeing all three but when we got there at noon the cashier said that we would never have time to see everything before it closed, so we just saw the zoo. And she was right. The zoo ended up being so huge that it is was dusk and growing cold by the time we were done. I was very disappointed, because I really wanted to see what botanical gardens would be like in the west, and the aquarium also looked amazing, but, time just wasn't on our side that day. Oh well, if I ever get back to Albuquerque…..yeah, right! We will probably never see New Mexico again, unless I can convince my husband to retire there!
The cost to just see the zoo for a non-resident was only $12.00 for an adult ticket and parking was free. I thought that was very reasonable compared to most zoos I have been to. If you wanted to see all three parks, it would have been $20.00 per person.
The very first thing we saw when we walked through the gate was this lovely pond surrounded by bamboo and filled with beautiful flamingos and ducks.
Springfield Zoo a couple of years ago were the peacocks. They were so entertaining, as well as lovely to look at, and the peacocks at this zoo did not disappoint either. Such beautiful creatures they are, and such fun personalities they have!
Stitch Fix this past summer.
Below is a picture of one of the many adobe styled buildings on the property. The spirit of New Mexico was definitely represented on the zoo grounds.
Frontier Restaurant. It has been in Albuquerque for over 30 years and is located right across the street from the University of New Mexico.
The decor of the restaurant itself leaves much to be desired. It is not fancy by any means, just your typical American diner, but, I liked it that way. I felt very at home and comfortable there. It was very nostalgic. I don't think they've redecorated it since they opened, and they apparently don't need to by the amount of business they do everyday. There were signs hanging from the ceiling in various spots through out the restaurant that read '10 minute wait from here' or '15 minute wait from here'. Thankfully, it wasn't that busy when we were there, but there was still a line.
The restaurant is open daily from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. (that means it's only closed 4 hours a day!), and serves breakfast all day and everything from Mexican food to traditional American food of burgers and fries. We decided to order Mexican and this is what we got:
The end of Day Five concluded with a brief stop at a Sonic (we don't have those in Wisconsin, so we always visit one when we travel to warmer states) for a malt, then we took Ashley back to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for yet another evening rehearsal for her opera. She gave us a brief tour of this beautiful facility and we were able to see some of Carlos Santa's guitars and other memorabilia displayed in the foyer. That was exciting!
Well I hope you enjoyed hearing about our visit to the Albuquerque Zoo. What about you? Do you like to visit zoos? What American Zoo's are your favorites?
Have a great day! Amy