on May 31, 2010
The Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden are located in the same BioPark complex (along with Tingley Beach and Rio Grande Zoo, which we didn't explore).The AquariumIt's small, and focuses on the Rio Grande, from its origins, down the fresh water river, and mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. A highlight is the shark tank full of sting rays, sea turtles, and well, sharks (nurse, brown, sand tiger and black tip). Easily seen in an hour so head over to the gardens.Rio Grande Botanic GardenWhat a gem. Not only is it the world's largest cottonwood forest, but it has a dragon too. OK, the dragon hovers over the most darling children's area. The garden also offers a heritage farm, Japanese garden (highlight) and a world of bugs and creepy crawlies. The largest greenhouse has several different climate zones and is well worth walking to the back of the property for.Hint: The mini train takes your through the BioPark and can save on shoe leather. And, there are always events (like flower shows) going on at the garden.The Aquarium/Botanic Garden ticket is $7.
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