Albuquerque Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Albuquerque; our list of the best things to see, including Native American Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow, The Highwood Mountains and National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • The best place in Albuquerque: Native American Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow

    Native American Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow

    There are many events, including the powwow, native music, arts, crafts, and food, and Miss Indian World. The event takes place in late April at the UNM Arena ("The Pit").
    Clayton Heights-Lomas Del Cielo food nearby
  • The Highwood Mountains

    The Highwood Mountains

    Want to get out of the city and into the Montana wilderness? The Highwood Mountains are a mountain range located approximately 40 miles from Great Falls. Get out, hike some trails, camp out at Thain Creek Campground and get away from it all. Always remember safety, know where you're going, let people know where you're going, dress appropriately, take plenty of food and water as you can become isolated, never leave food out in the open as you may attract wild life, if you're staying over night make sure to take shelter with you, and take a sleeping bag as it can get chilly at night, especially in the spring and fall. Camping in the winter in Montana is not recommended for the inexperienced as conditions can become extremely harsh.
    Alameda N Valley eat nearby
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center

    1701 4th St SW
    Tu-Su 10AM-5PM, closed major holidays. A large complex of buildings dedicated to Hispanic culture, with a small but very interesting art museum. There is also a library (closed Su), restaurant and gift shop, and frequent special events. $3, $2 seniors, aged 16 and under free.
    Barelas restaurants nearby
  • Tingley Beach

    Tingley Dr
    Daily, sunrise to sunset. A facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park. This park, located along the Rio Grande, has fishing ponds for adults and children, a model boating pond, a cafe, and a gift shop where you can buy fishing licenses, fishing gear, or rent a pedal boat for a ride on the central pond. A train station for the Aquarium/Botanical Gardens - Zoo train is located here. Free (separate fee required for train rides).
    Barelas food nearby
  • The Box Performance Space

    100 Gold Ave SW #112
    Featuring sketch comedy, improv, children's shows, and other works. Home to Cardboard Playhouse Productions and Blackout Theatre Company.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Rio Grande Nature Center

    2901 Candelaria Rd NW
    The bosque provides a tranquil setting for this small but delightful visitor center, with its nature pond and exhibits on the native wildlife. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy the enclosed views of the pond behind the visitor center. Two short trails head into the bosque from the visitor center. Free, parking $3.
    restaurants nearby
  • American International Rattlesnake Museum

    202 San Felipe St
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM. This great little museum's claim to fame is the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world. There's lots of snakes (and various other reptiles) and snake-related memorabilia, such as artwork and films, and the gift shop is not to be missed. $3.50, $2.50 children.
    West Park food nearby
  • Meek's Bay

    west shore
  • Turquoise Museum

    2107 Central Ave NW
    M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-4PM. While the location isn't ideal (located in a strip mall near Old Town, rather than in the historic district itself), this small gift shop/museum has some interesting exhibits about turquoise and its manufacture, history, and mythology. $4, $3 children.
    West Old Town restaurants nearby
  • Albuquerque Little Theater

    224 San Pasquale SW
    Hosting local performances throughout the year.
    Huning Castle food nearby
  • Sandia Peak Tramway

    Off Tramway Blvd on the NE corner of the city
    Operates every 20-30 min. from 9AM until evening (no morning rides on off-season Tu), with closures in Apr and Oct for maintenance. Runs from a lower terminus in the northeast heights to the top of 10,400-foot (3169 m) Sandia Peak east of the city, and is one of the longest and most spectacular aerial tramways in the world. The first upward tram departs at 9AM (except Tu in the off season), and service continues until early evening. The 15-min. ride to the top is incredible, bringing you right up to the rocky face of the Sandias. The view of the city from Sandia Peak is tremendous (especially after sunset), and there is a restaurant and a visitor center at the top. Closed for two weeks in spring and fall for "maintenance," but spring winds are so intense that you really don't want to be on an aerial tram then anyway. $17.50 round trip for adults, $15 round trip for teens and seniors, and $10 round trip for children (discounts for riders with reservations for the restaurant at the top and for skiers).
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Cliff's Amusement Park

    4800 Osuna Rd NE at San Mateo
    Open weekends Apr-Sep, hours vary by month. This is just about the only amusement park in New Mexico. Fairly small, but with a good amount of rides. Thrill rides (including two roller coasters), family rides, kiddy rides, and a water play area. Ride pass (includes general admission and all rides) is $25 for over 48 in tall, $20 for under 48 in tall, $17.45 for age 2 and under (Parking is free).
    restaurants nearby
  • Petroglyph National Monument

    visitor center at 6001 Unser Blvd NW
    On the west side of town, Petroglyph is a unit of the United States National Parks system, and preserves a significant archaeological site with an impressive number of petroglyphs. Despite their proximity to an urban center and the fact that the monument is of recent origin, the petroglyphs are in good condition with very little vandalism or theft. There are interpretive exhibits and a few short trails. Day use only; $3 fee (Park Pass applies).
    Taylor Ranch food nearby
  • Albuquerque Aquarium / Rio Grande Botanical Garden

    2601 Central Ave NW
    9AM-5PM daily, except major holidays. Albuquerque's small but pleasant Aquarium is focused on saltwater species from the Gulf of Mexico. You'll see jellyfish, seahorses, eels, and plenty of reef fish. The highlight is a huge shark tank with other ocean species like sea turtles and rays. Divers enter the big tank every day from 2-3PM to feed the fish. The Botanical Garden has plenty of gardens to explore, with an emphasis on desert plants. The highlights are a glass conservatory with plants from desert and Mediterranean climate zones, an indoor butterfly garden that is open in the summer, a Japanese garden, a recreated early 20th century farm with a barnyard petting zoo, a model railroad, and a fantastic children's "Fantasy Garden" with giant pretend vegetables, garden tools and bugs. $7, $3 seniors, $3 children, under age 3 free (train rides require separate admission, unless you have a combo ticket).
    West Old Town eat nearby
  • Popejoy Hall

    in the Center for the Arts building on the UNM campus
    Hosts a schedule of live performances year-round, including Broadway musicals, live theater, dance and music.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • ¡Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum

    1701 Mountain Rd NW
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-6PM except major holidays. A truly splendid science and children's museum, this museum has lots of interactive exhibits teaching science, technology, and art. There are some fantastic exhibits here, like a laminar flow fountain (with water jets you can turn on and off), an experiment bar, a high-wire bike (that will surely test your withstanding of heights), and a robotics lab. $7, $5 seniors, $1 children, under age 1 free.
    Plaza Vieja food nearby
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

    located on Redondo Dr
    just east of University Blvd. between Las Lomas and Dr. M. L. King Jr. Ave. +1 505 277-4405, [29]. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, closed Su M, and major holidays. The anthropology department at UNM has been acclaimed as one of the finest in the nation, and over the years its field schools have amassed an impressive collection of artifacts. The museum has changing exhibits and two permanent exhibits; one showcasing the evolution of humans from primates, and the other focusing on the prehistoric native cultures in the American Southwest, with a reconstruction of an archaeological dig in Chaco Canyon. Free.
    eat nearby
  • Albuquerque Isotopes

    at the corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and University Blvd
    The Isotopes, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play baseball in a beautiful stadium. Seats in the park are both good and cheap—$11 can get you a seat behind home plate ($13 if you buy your ticket on gameday). All the concessions and restrooms are located along a big concourse behind the seats which is open to the field, so you don't miss any of the action. For $6 a ticket, you can bring a picnic blanket and find a spot in the grassy "Berm" behind right field that's perfect for kids—they can enjoy the grass and play on the playground on top of the Berm. Beware of foul balls—The park is a notorious "launching pad" for hitters that drives pitchers nuts. $6–24.
    Clayton Heights-Lomas Del Cielo restaurants nearby
  • Meteorite and Geology Museums

    located in the Northrop Hall
    Two nice little museums (located just down the hall from each other) with minerals, fossils, and meteorites from New Mexico and other places collected by UNM faculty and students. Free.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Chamber's Landing

    west shore
  • Rio Grande Zoo

    903 Tenth St SW
    9AM-5PM daily, except major holidays. It may not be as big as your average big city zoo, but this zoo is surprisingly comprehensive for its size, with most of the "popular" species you can expect at any good zoo: polar bears, lions, zebras, tigers, giraffes, elephants, gorillas, etc. And like any good zoo, the animals are in nice, naturalistic exhibits. The highlight exhibit areas are the seals, the polar bears, a large Africa area, the "Catwalk", and a large elephant enclosure. Every day there are scheduled feedings of the seals and the polar bears; during the warmer months more feeding times, activities, and outdoor concerts are scheduled. A small narrow-gauge train runs through the zoo (Tu-Su 10AM-3:30PM at 20 min. intervals), with a conductor pointing out some of the animals and explaining what goes on behind-the-scenes. A separate train line runs to the Aquarium/Botanical Gardens. $7, $3 seniors, $3 children, under age 3 free (train rides require separate admission, unless you have a combo ticket).
    Barelas restaurants nearby
  • University Art Museum

    located in the Center for the Arts building
    Tu-F 9AM-4PM, Sa Su 1PM-4PM. Changing exhibitions of art, with a focus on New Mexico and UNM artists. Free.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

    9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
    Overlooking the balloon launch field is this very interesting museum dedicated to the science and history of ballooning, with exhibits on balloons and other lighter-than-air craft, collections and memorabilia from famous balloonists, and extensive exhibits on ballooning in Albuquerque. $4 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children, age 3 and under free (Sunday mornings free).
    Wildflower eat nearby
  • KiMo Theater

    423 Central Ave NW
    This historic and beautiful downtown building is a vibrant setting for the local preforming arts community, as well as a venue for some traveling shows. The theater is gorgeous and filled with Pueblo-esque art deco ornamentation.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

    1801 Mountain Rd NW
    9AM-5PM daily (closed on major holidays, and non-holiday M in Jan and Sep). This splendid museum has well-constructed geological and paleontological displays which illustrate a "journey through time", covering everything from the birth of the planet to the Ice Age. There's plenty of dinosaurs around, from the statues outside the main entrance, to a T. rex in the atrium, to one massive hall with several complete (and massive) dinosaur skeletons. Additionally, an entire wing of the museum is devoted to astronomical exhibits, and there's also an exhibit about the birth of the personal computer, which happened right here in Albuquerque. A planetarium and a large-screen theater are also in the building. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children, under age 3 free (separate fee required for planetarium and Dynatheater).
    Plaza Vieja food nearby
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

    2401 12th St NW
    9AM-4:30PM daily, closed on major holidays. Operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico, this complex has a small museum with a collection of artifacts of the culture and history of the pueblo people. The center also has an art gallery, a children's area, a restaurant, and a large gift shop. Indian dances are a frequent event. $6, $4 children, under age 5 free.
    Near N Valley eat nearby
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