What to do in Albuquerque, NM

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Albuquerque Attractions

The Southwest brings mountainous terrain, cloudless days, and indigenous culture to the table of tourism. And there is perhaps no better place to enjoy all of these assets than Albuquerque, New Mexico. Whether you’re a hiking fanatic, golf aficionado, or horseback riding expert, this destination offers an appealing array of activities. In fact, as the hot air balloon capital of the world, things to do in Albuquerque can even bring you eye level with local birds.

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What to do in Albuquerque

Free Things to Do in Albuquerque

Sightseeing on a shoestring budget in Albuquerque? Spend time, not cash, on great experiences.

Institute of Meteoritics Meteorite Museum - Wander the halls and take in the fascinating exhibits and unique collections at this respected museum.

Los Poblanos Open Space - Make time for play and add a bit of extra fun to your vacation here.

The Whittlesey House - If you're planning to explore the history of the region through its landmarks, put this one on your sightseeing list.

Albuquerque Civic Plaza - Stay a while in this bustling area and imagine life as a local resident.

University of New Mexico Hospital - Set aside some time to have a look at this place of local significance.

San Felipe de Neri Church - Spend a bit of time in meditation or prayer at this holy site.

Tingley Beach - Breathe in the ocean air and watch the waves hit the shore at this lovely coastal spot.

Rio Grande Trail - Escape the city and reconnect with nature at this breathtaking spot.

Roosevelt Park - Work on your green thumb and admire the many and varied plants on show.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is dripping with charm and history. While much of the city shares a similar vibe, it still maintains a diverse group of neighborhoods. Whether your vacation takes you on a journey through history or a gastronomy tour, the list of things to do in Albuquerque, NM will easily keep you busy.

Downtown — Thanks to its convention center and abundance of nightlife, downtown Albuquerque welcomes both business and leisure visitors every year. Make your way along famed Route 66 and experience some of the finest food and entertainment in the city.

Old Town — The historic Old Town district holds claim to many of the top things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People head here for lots of reasons, not the least of which are impressive museums and galleries galore.

Nob Hill — Nob Hill greets you with neon archways, and the rest of the neighborhood is just as eccentric and independent. You can easily walk the district, stopping in at antique shops and locally-owned eateries as you go.

Westside — The Westside of Albuquerque is an outdoor adventurer’s delight. It’s in this part of the city that you can explore Petroglyph National Monument and the peaks of volcanoes.

Things to See in Albuquerque

Duke City has in excess of 100 art galleries, so it’s no surprise that some of the top things to see in Albuquerque involve fine art. Stop by the DSG Fine Art gallery or the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History to get your dose of creativity while you’re in the city. If you’re more interested in art in motion, head to the Kimo Theatre or Albuquerque Little Theater to see top-notch performances throughout the year.

Sightseeing in Albuquerque

Fun things to do in Albuquerque range from the spooky to the athletic. Get an adrenaline rush on a ghost tour, or burn some calories on a hike on Pino Trail. Once you’re ready to refuel, grab a fine meal at a local winery or brewery. During the summer time, the city also plays host to many beer and food festivals. If you can find enough courage, you should grab your best camera and head out on a hot air balloon ride above the city. Back on solid ground, you can cap off your day with a trip to a chic lounge or nightclub.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Albuquerque on a sunny day?
You wouldn’t want to be stuck in the hotel when you could be outdoors experiencing an Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride.
What should I not miss in Albuquerque?
If you’re eager to experience the best of this destination, fit these attractions into your schedule:

  • Old Town Plaza
  • ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Are there cheap things to do in Albuquerque?
What can you do in Albuquerque for free?
You’ll hardly have time to fetch your wallet out of your bag with so many great free attractions:

  • Old Town Plaza
  • Route 66 Casino
  • Isleta Casino
  • Sandia Casino

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