Fun Things To Do In Albuquerque
Located in the heart of the American Southwest, Albuquerque NM offers something for everyone. The name “Albuquerque” often elicits the mental image of a small western town with dusty streets, but the truth is far more dynamic. The Albuquerque metro area has over a million permanent residents and is the southwest hub for medical care. With rivers and mountains, theater and music, this is an invigorating city that attracts a huge share of the state’s 34 million tourists every year. Just what CAN you do in Albuquerque? Here area a few ideas we came up with here at Dunn Orthodontics of Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival
The world famous Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque draws international attention and attendance. You can ride in a hot air balloon for less than $160. With a ginormous launch field, you will be overwhelmed by the majesty of the Mass Ascension. There is also a Dawn Patrol, the Morning Glow, and the Nighttime Glow where they light up the balloons and shoot off fireworks. There is just something special about standing in the midst of these enormous, roiling bolts of cloth as they are inflated before takeoff.
Sandia Park Tramway
The Sandia Tramway is the second longest tramway in the world! You will ride nearly 3 miles above the ground. A sunset ride reveals breathtaking desert sunsets with colors only found in arid areas. Then, within a few minutes, you are over the dense pines in the Cibola National Forest. Plan on having lunch at Sandiago’s Grill while you’re there. On the 15 minute ride you will experience a 30- degree temperature drop, so bring a jacket no matter what time of year you visit!
Shopping in Albuquerque
Are you intimidated by the expense, traffic, and noise of New York and San Fran? Plan your shopping vacation in Albuquerque! Haute couture has nothing on the original works you can find here. Privately owned boutiques provide artisan-produced, one-of-a-kind products that you will never find anywhere else. For artisan work, try Blue Portal and Skip Maisel’s. If you enjoy shopping malls, you’ll love Coronado Center with its full stores and reliable retail. ABQ Uptown offers high-end shopping and outdoor strolls as you shop Michael Kors and Jos. Bank. Then, there are always the specialty shops like The Candy Lady, Mama’s Minerals, and New Mexico Pinon Coffee. There is shopping for everybody, here in Albuquerque.
As with any self-respecting metropolis, Albuquerque proudly displays its wealth of history. Your first stop should be the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It is an astounding collection of artifacts and exhibits. There is modern art as well, and an Indian Dance performance. In fact, during various times of year, different Indian tribes will schedule dances, tell stories, and play music. Artists sell their works there, giving you the opportunity to bring home a truly special souvenir.
You can also visit these museums:
- Unser Racing Museum
- National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
- Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
- Albuquerque Museum
- New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
- New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Albuquerque
- Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico
- New Mexico Ski Museum
Theatre and music abound in Albuquerque. It’s a little-known phenomenon that the performing arts are deeply-rooted in the culture of the southwest. Performing artists thrive in this atmosphere. The KiMo Theatre, built in 1927, shows off its Art Deco architecture as it shows old movies. For musicals and drama, try out the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Other venues for concerts and shows include:
- Isleta Amphitheater
- Adobe Theater
- Vortex Theatre
- The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre
- Musical Theatre Southwest
- Aux Dog Theatre
- African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibition Hall
- The Pavilion
- Duke City Repertory Theatre
- El Rey Theater
See what we mean? There is so much to do in Albuquerque, you may have to just move here to enjoy all of it! In the meantime, travel on one of the easily accessible national interstates to wonderful Albuquerque and have fun.