The Best Things to Do in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Natural History Museums · Science Museums

Popular things to do in Albuquerque

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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Albuquerque Old Town
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Natural History Museum
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe. Albuquerque grew out of the New Mexico desert in the early 1700s. Founded as a small Spanish settlement on the banks of the Rio Grande River, the city has been the hub of the state's commerce since the 1880s. Boasting a colorful history and hospitable locals known for their love of storytelling and good food, the city features both an Old Town district and a new section, each with its own character and distinct architecture. Although a sprawling city, Albuquerque is relatively pedestrian and bicycle friendly, with a network of scenic trails running along the east side the Rio Grande. Make Albuquerque central to your United States travel plans using our United States trip itinerary builder.

Hidden gems in Albuquerque

Science Museum
Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Garden
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
San Felipe de Neri Church
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Albuquerque

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Religious Site
Loretto Chapel Santa Fe
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Canyon Road Santa Fe
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Cochiti Pueblo
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Albuquerque

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Science Museum
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Zoo
ABQ BioPark Zoo
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Aquarium
Albuquerque Biological Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Aquarium
ABQ BioPark Aquarium
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Albuquerque

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Natural History Museum
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Albuquerque Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Unser Racing Museum
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Albuquerque

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Blue Portal
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Skip Maisel's
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mama's Minerals
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Bookworks
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Off-Road Tour
New Mexico Jeep Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Geologic Formation
Petroglyph National Monument
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Santa Fe Plaza Santa Fe
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Meow Wolf Santa Fe
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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