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Unique New Mexico activities in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico, has an infinite variety of activities can satisfy every interest, including local sights, history, shopping, the environment, and even sky-high views of the region. Over 400 years of cultures melding in the Albuquerque valley means this is an activity mecca that has incredible offerings that don’t require a passport or visa. Here are seven things to do that are unique and will create memories.

1. Museum Row

Museum Row in Albuquerque conveniently puts the significant museums and like attractions within walking distance of each other. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science offers a journey through time, with exhibit halls that take guests through the universe’s formation. The Botanical Garden provides unique regional plants and nighttime walks. Explora is New Mexico’s unique hands-on learning center with over 249 interactive exhibits, educational programs, and immersions that spark creativity, imagination, and inspiration. The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, features classic, curated art of the Southwest covering 400 years of regional history.

A dinosaur.

2. Las Poblanos Organic Lavender Farm

The Los Poblanos Farm is a working lavender operation ideally suited to north Albuquerque’s arid environment. The plants don’t use much water and aid in soil structure, so it’s an education to tour the fields of this organic farm. The consumption treat is heading to the Farm Shop, where lavender is crafted into exclusive artisan products. Lavender Gin? Yes! Lotions are made with the purple passion, as well as honey products and other food items.

Spirits made from organics.

3. Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town is where Albuquerque started in the 1700s. Here you can walk the small shops and eateries and get all the little nuances of the Southwest. Exquisite Turquoise jewelry, clothing, food treats, events, and regional arts & crafts abound in the 150 shops around the town square. The most refined pastry ever with the Cronut, a combination of a croissant and a filled doughnut. A testament to the influence of the Spanish is the first Catholic Church in Albuquerque, built in 1709. That and the convent that started in the 1800s still stand and are open for visiting, prayers, and tours.

Town square with natural lighting.

4. Pueblo Cultural Center

The Pueblo Indian Cultural Center, run by the 19 Pueblo tribes, sports a museum, restaurant, and various cultural focus centers. The only crafts sold are those done by the tribes, with books on early tribal life and customs. On weekends, the various tribes perform ceremonial dances and celebrations in a particular area in the middle of the grounds. The dances and ceremonies are explained before and after so you understand the importance of that specific ceremony to tribal life and culture. And the tribal leaders and guides interact with guests for questions and further explanations.

A Native American cultural ceremony.

5. Sandia Tram

The Sandia Tram takes you to the top of Sandia Mountain at 10,378 feet. As the tram lands at the top, get a spectacular view of Albuquerque in almost every direction. Looking south, you can see the notable peaks of the region. Directly east and just below the tram is the high point of the Sandia Peak Ski Area, founded by a member of the 10th Mountain Division of WWII. The fine-dining, mountain-top restaurant, Ten3, gives a fantastic view with inspired food. Combining a ride, dinner, and then down at dusk is a memorable experience. Sunsets are simply breathtaking at the top of the Albuquerque Valley.

A tram to the top of the mountain.


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6. The BioPark

The Albuquerque BioPark puts all the exciting facets of nature and then some in one location. This is an environmental and science exhibit with distinct themes. The Aquarium is a 285K gallon tank that has fish and wildlife species from all over the world. The Botanic Garden of 15 acres focuses on plants from Mediterranean and desert climate zones. The zoo has interesting inhabitants, including mountain zebras, tigers, and African wild dogs. If you need more fun, Tingley Beach has a lake that sports model boating, fishing and a narrow-gauge railroad.

A botanic garden at night.

7. Private Hot Air Balloon Flights

Albuquerque is globe famous for its hot air balloon festival, so expect plenty of high-end options for the never-ever. The Rainbow Ryders gives your own balloon pilot and top-shelf experience with an impressive safety record. Pick from a sunrise sail above the valley or a sunset tour. As Albuquerque sits in a long valley, going up even a few thousand feet gives a magical view of regional topography.

A hot air balloon.

Neil Wolkodoff

Neil Wolkodoff is a golf and travel writer from Denver, Colorado. He covers golf, dining, activities and accommodations from the luxury and unique perspective. He has even been golfing with goats.

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  1. I’m sure we could wile away a morning or afternoon in the Old Town of Albuquerque. My wife loves mooching around shops like that.

    1. Old Town could be a whole day, as the nooks and crannies of the street have all sorts of shops. Given the blend of things, lingering is common.

  2. I bet that with Albuquerque’s leaning towards Mexican culture that they have some spectacular celebrations for the Day of the Dead too.

    1. The answer is yes on D of the D, and there are some places that put up small remembrances all the time. Old Town is one of the better locales for the event, as at least half the establishments deck out in some fashion.

  3. I love lavender and I adore gin. But putting them together in lavender gin? I’ll need some convincing on that one!

    1. It’s way better than you think! And, you can get a taste before purchasing to make sure it fits what you like.

  4. You’re right to start with the idea about different peoples coming together. Places are always interesting when you get cross-fertilisation of ideas and different groups of people rubbing against each other. It’s what some people call “creative tension.”

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