Albuquerque, New Mexico Things to Do
Old Town Albuquerque District -Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico was constructed around a central plaza and features historic buildings dating back to the 1700s. Visit the San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793, and see charming attractions along the 10 lovely blocks of Old Town and check out museums, art galleries, boutiques and authentic southwest restaurants. Guided walking tours of Old Town are offered by The Albuquerque Museum. For more information about the fun things to do and see in Old Town Albuquerque, visit www.albuquerqueoldtown.com.
Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Old Town- Hotel Albuquerque guests can take a complimentary walking tour of Historic Old Town Plaza every Saturday at 10am with professional tour guides Tours of Old Town (seasonally available). For details see our Services page.
Old Town's Historic Church, the San Felipe de Neri Parish, is located within a few blocks of Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town has many events and activities that are open to the public as well as regular mass schedules throughout the week and they welcome visitors. We encourage visitors to learn more about this historic chapel that hasn't missed a Sunday Service in over 300 years. www.sanfelipedeneri.org
The Albuquerque Museum -The Albuquerque Museum was founded in 1967 to celebrate the history and peoples of the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, specifically the Albuquerque area. Located just east of Old Town Albuquerque in a gleaming modern structure designed by Antoine Predock, learn more about the fascinating history of the southwest through art exhibitions, maps, handcrafts, photos, sculpture and historic artifacts. To learn more permanent collections and upcoming exhibits at the Albuquerque Museum, visit www.albuquerquemuseum.com.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science -The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1986, the museum is right nearby Old Town and offers a fascinating look at natural history and science though exhibits, temporary collections, an IMAX theater and a planetarium. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science museum's largest permanent exhibit is "Journey Through Time," which traces earth from the beginnings of the Universe. To discover more about attractions at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, visit www.nmnaturalhistory.org.
Albuquerque Biological Park -The Albuquerque Biological Park encompasses four distinct facilities which are connected by railroad: The Rio Grande Botanic Garden, a splendid glass conservatory displaying desert climate plants; The Albuquerque Aquarium, which features aquatic life from the Gulf of Mexico in a 285,000-gallon ocean; The Rio Grande Zoo, where you can see more than 250 species of animals along 64 acres, and Tingley Beach, a picturesque fishing lake for enjoying picnics, walking paths and sailing model boats. To learn more about fun things to do and see at the Albuquerque BioPark, visit www.cabq.gov/biopark.
Albuquerque (ABQ) BioPark Zoo -Albuquerque BioPark Zoo or ABQ BioPark Zoo is Albuquerque's largest and most famous zoo. Occupying 64 acres along the Rio Grande, the Albuquerque zoo offers visitors the chance to get up close to more than 250 species of animals, including white rhinos, chimpanzees, Komodo dragons, seals, zebras, jaguars, elephants, hippos, giraffes, snow leopards, polar bears and koalas. To learn more about the many fun things for kids and families to see and do at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, visit www.cabq.gov/biopark/zoo.
Petroglyph National Monument -Petroglyph National Monument offers a unique glimpse into the natural history of the southwest through the more than 20,0000 carved images left on rocks by Native American peoples. From simple animal drawings to more complex rock drawings, these images provide a fascinating look into the history of the Rio Grande Valley region. To learn more about one of the best things to see and do near Albuquerque, New Mexico, visit www.nps.gov/petr.
National Hispanic Cultural Center -The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is dedicated to celebrating the cultural heritage of Hispanic peoples of the United States, Spain and Latin America. One of the fascinating parts of the National Hispanic Cultural Center is its Art Museum, which spans a wide range of Hispanic Arts, from traditional folk arts to contemporary works. To learn more about current exhibitions and the many fun things to see and do at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, visit www.nhccnm.org.
International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and Museum -The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the world's greatest balloon events. Experience this breathtaking annual festival and visit the Balloon Museum being built in honor of the great sport of ballooning. Since 1972, balloonists and media from around the world have descended on Albuquerque for the event, which has been featured on the Travel Channel, PBS and A & E networks. To learn more about one of the best things to do in Albuquerque and get event details on the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, visit www.balloonfiesta.com.
Albuquerque Tours -What better way to get acquainted with the Duke City and our history and culture than with a tour of Albuquerque by professional tour guides. There are several different tours that we recommend that leave next door in Old Town so you can walk across the street to catch these tours:
- The Albuquerque Trolley Tour is a great way to see the town. Get a glimpse at some of the top attractions in Albuquerque, NM while enjoying a leisurely open-air trolley tour. To learn more about one of the best ways to see the many tourist attractions in Albuquerque , New Mexico, visit www.abqtrolley.com.
- Old Town Walking Tour & Sculpture Garden Tour by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History www.cabq.gov/museum/gallerytour.html
- Tours of Old Town features walking tours about history legends and lore as well as ghost tours of the Historic Old Town area toursofoldtown.com
New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo -The New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo celebrates wines of the southwest each year over the Labor Day Weekend. Hosted in the quaint town of Bernalillo, which is located just a few miles north of Albuquerque, the wine festival offers delicious tastings, arts & crafts, live music and an irresistible selection of food. To learn more about attending the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo and the wines of southern New Mexico, visit www.newmexicowinefestival.com.
Sandia Peak Tramway
- The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway whisks guests to the top of the Sandia Mountains where the Cibola National Forest resides. Visitors are able to not only hike these forests, but also take in the 11,000 square mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley.
- 10 Tramway Loop Northeast, Eastside, Albuquerque, NM
- (505) 856-7325
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