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Things to do in Albuquerque


Home to a metropolitan population of around 846,000, Albuquerque is more than just the place where Bugs Bunny always seemed to take a wrong turn. With a long history, and unique southwestern flair, this great city offers every amenity you would expect from a big city. Festivals like the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta bring thousands of spectators travel from around the world to catch a glimpse of more than 750 hot air balloons in the sky, while city landmarks like KiMo Theater continue to be a hotspot for live entertainment, hosting dozens of events each year. Restaurants, bars and cafés are everywhere offering cuisine of all different styles, and for those looking for a great place to shop, Old Town historic district has a little bit of everything. Overall, whatever brings you to Albuquerque, you’ll be sure to find plenty of other things to see and do while in town!
Attractions and Sights
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science brings visitors through millions of years of history through interactive exhibits.
Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque is home to more than 250 animal species including elephants, giraffes, seals and sea lions.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque covers 32 acres and is home to a number of themed gardens.
Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque is the world's longest aerial tramway.
Landmarks
Albuquerque's KiMo Theater is a 1927 property that still shows live performances.
Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque is a National Historic Landmark.
Shopping
Old Town Albuquerque dates back to 1706 and is full of boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants and more.
Festivals and Events
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hosts more than 750 hot air balloons in the worlds largest festival of its kind.
Albuquerque Folk Festival is a great music and arts event that focuses strongly on public participation.
Arts and Entertainment
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is home to a vast collection of work spanning from ancient Native American roots to current works.
Nightlife
Launchpad in Albuquerque is a great spot for live music.
Lotus Nightclub & VIP Ultralounge is the place to dance the night away in Albuquerque.
Convention Centers
Albuquerque Convention Center is the city's main convention facility, hosting dozens of events each year.
Arenas and Stadiums
Isotopes Park is home to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League.
Tingley Coliseum is home to the NBA Development League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho is home to the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League.
Food and Drink
La Crêpe Michel is a French café and creperie in Old Town Albuquerque.
Artichoke Cafe specializes in French, Italian and American cuisine.

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