We were very impressed with the Albuquerque Zoo. It was laid out nicely and provided an easy walk that covered all the areas of interest. The animals seemed to have a decent amount of room, especially compared to some larger, more well-known zoos we've seen. There were lots of cute animal babies, which tells me that either the animals are happy or maybe just bored.
Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque
Explora! Children's MuseumThis is a great children's museum. It is so educational and organized very nicely. There is a water area that has several hands-on exhibits demonstrating how dams work, water currents, undercurrents, waterfalls, drainage systems, fountains, and how taking the air out of the water can make the flow crystal clear. There is a wind area where the kids can build windmills to see if they work, a vehicle with sails to race, and airplanes to test their design in a wind tunnel. A musical area allows sound waves to become visible, demonstrating how different pitches make different frequencies and waves. The outdoor area allows children to build forts out of life-size Lincoln logs and test a sound dome. Our favorite areas were the electrical area that allowed the children to learn about electrical connections and currents by hooking wires up to batteries, which would light a lightbulb when connected correctly, and a bicycle on a tightrope, which was balance by weight.