Things to do in Albuquerque

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Things to Do in Albuquerque


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  • Jackie J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last time I rode the tram I was a child. I wanted to share this experience with my kids as an adult. So we reserved tickets online and got directions for the parking lot. It was very easy to get there and board. The guides were knowledgeable and kind. Once at the top we spent time wandering around the ski lift area, but not venturing to far as the last ride down was only an hour or so away. The crisp air was a welcome feeling from the heat in the valley. Watching the sun set was a blissful experience. Lots of photo opportunities and remember to bring a jacket.
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA38,559 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Nuclear Science and History was an unforgettable experience.

    We started with the science part of the museum, the area in which I completely lack any expertise or even marginal ability to understand. My techie husband was glued to every board and read every single word.

    Then we went to learn more about the Manhattan project and the Trinity Test, the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. It was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. MWT on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project directed by Robert Oppenheimer. The Trinity Test has happened right here in New Mexico.

    It was fascinating to see the military planes on the airfield of the museum, part of the nuclear submarine, the rockets, etc.

    Another treat was “Leonardo da Vinci Machines” exhibit, one more reminder what the Renaissance Man was all about. I visited his museum in Rome in December 2022 and had seen many of his machines, but this exhibit included some of the Leonardo’s machines, which are not on display anywhere else.

    We spent three hours in the museum and could have spent more. Expected from such a stellar Smithsonian affiliate.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Getaway33793969356
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend! The museum was very well arranged, educational, and interesting. I strongly recommend going on a day/time that they have the dance program although be aware the dances take place outside. (it was over 100 the day I was there, and I couldn't stay for the whole program due to the heat.) I also recommend eating at their restaurant. The food was very good, service was great, and the prices were reasonable.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Elizabeth L
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Old Town in Albuquerque is definitely worth a visit. Many curious shops, cafes, restaurants and the Rattlesnake Museum. The smaller more interesting side of this large town we would have said. You can find most things here you'd like to take home or as gifts. Picturesque. Good food with incredible selection at Sawmill Market nearby.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • A R H
    Sedona, AZ816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The petroglyphs covers a huge area and some of the hikes take a day to complete, so depending on how much time and how much hiking you want to do will determine the sectors you want to see. We visited 3 of the shorter trails, though one was up a steep hill. Everything we saw were pictographs and relatively crude compare to other petroglyph sites we have visited. Also, as the sites scattered over a large area and are easily accessible by any one who knows where to go there is modern graffiti mixed in with the original pictographs. In some instances you are not sure if you are looking at copies or the real thing. An impressive site and just wish we could have spent more time visiting other trails.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • Pat J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great time participating in the "Escape the Turquoise Museum" . It was fun trying to find the clues and leaning about Turquoise. Would highly recommend it.
    Written 26 April 2024
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  • TravelMXN
    Ciudad Juarez, Mexico535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My kid had great time!

    Lots of thing to do, very interactive

    Clean, organized and fun!

    Lovely visit
    Written 22 October 2023
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  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, NJ3,275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were lucky to go to the 51st year of the ABQ Balloon Festival. The themes were huge given New Mexico's Area 51 and the overlap with the annular eclipse (ring of fire). Because we were there the whole week, we watched weather and went earlier in the week. For us, that prevented us from having to contend with the eclipse traffic AND we lucked out because the balloons went up a lot earlier in the week, but they were unable to launch quite a few times as the week progressed.

    That's the biggest piece of advice I can give - plan to stay the week and plan to go to at least one early morning launch and the glow up in the evening for the best experience. If you have the opportunity, it's worth it to go for the isolated Shapes launch, though that didn't happen for us because of the weather.

    While you wait for the ballooning experience there are plenty of booths, including official Balloon festival tents to buy tchotchkes and to enjoy various different events. We enjoyed trying pinon coffee, sweets from a NM-based bakery, and a few New Mexican specific treats. The booths mostly consistent of overpriced stuff designed for hard core festival particpants, but the art booth is exceptional and there are a few hidden gems in the main area if you look closely.

    Dress warm and in layers to have the best experience. The temperature varies greatly based upon the sunshine. You can expect cold temperatures before dawn and the temperature to drop during, though not significantly during the evening.

    You can book balloon rides, but recommend doing that well in advance and understanding the policies if, in fact, weather prohibits launch.

    We spent 2-3 hours and felt that was a sufficient as folks who just wanted the experience, but there is entertainment all around. We aimed for an earlier arrival and found that the parking lots were very, very well organized and parking was close We also to festival entrances. It was easy to buy day-of tickets, though most VIP experiences must be purchased well in advance.

    It is also critical important to have something to sit on or to wear clothing for grass. Other than VIP experiences, there is very little seating and, out of courtesy, it is reserved for food patrons. You sit eat and go when you are finished. With that in mind, be prepared for time on the ground.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • ORCA448
    Las Cruces, NM8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The grounds of the garden were gorgeous. So many variety of flowers, plants, succulents, metal works. There were workers and volunteers everywhere refreshing the annuals. The mini train was adorable. Affordable entrance fee as well.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Angela Turner
    Amarillo, TX1,630 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good, interesting place to visit. Great for kids and families. Lots of groups attend as well. Still lots of construction going on which can be kind of annoying and some of the animals were not out that I really wanted to see. Plenty of bathrooms no matter where you are in the park. Lots of benches when you get tired. The new tiger remodel was great too see. Very interesting to see it. Overall a good value for the money.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Mel G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved the NM museum of natural history and science. The animatronic dinosaur was so lifelike. Also other dinosaurs skeletons were amazing. Geology of NM was great. Don’t miss the gift shop.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • TravelMXN
    Ciudad Juarez, Mexico535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clean! lots of varieties of fauna.

    Great gardens, we went early and had a great walk thru ought the park.
    Written 22 October 2023
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