Albuquerque is the most peopled city in New Mexico, with a population of more than 558,000 and which number is growing fast every year. It is also where you could find the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories, Presbyterian Health Services, Petroglyph National Monument, Kirtland Air Force Base, Central New Mexico Community College, and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.
There are simply a lot of things to explore in the city, so get a bus rental in Albuquerque, New Mexico and see the city with your family and friends.
Albuquerque has a lot of surprises in store for you. From outdoor adventures under blue clear skies, to shopping and dining, to cultural and heritage attractions and events, to golf courses and even the unique experiences such as hot air ballooning. Find it all in Albuquerque.
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Check out the Downs at Albuquerque, a racino in the city. You can bet on live horse races here, as well as play at the video poker and slot machines. You could also visit the Isleta Resort & Casino, which has table games, slots, bingo, live poker and other games. Or how about the Route 66 Casino Hotel where you can play at around 1,500 slots, roulette, blackjack and craps. They also have a bingo parlor and a poker room.
For the kids, you can take them to Cliff's Amusement Park. The amusement park is now more than five decades old, having been open since 1959. It has thrill rides, family rides, water attractions, and an area for kids, and games.
Get your heart racing on the thrill rides that they have, which include:
Family rides include the carousel, bumper cars, the Falling Star, Galaxi, Rocky Mountain Rapids, Sea Dragon, Tilt-a-Whirl, Train, and the Big Flush. Meanwhile, you also have the attractions at the WaterMania! Water Park such as Li'l Squirts and Mega Water Monkeys. Then you have the rides for the kids at Kiddieland such as Baja Buggy, the Balloon Wheel, Doggie Go Round, the Frog Hopper, High Flyer, Kiddie Bumper Cars, Li'l YoYo, and Happy Swing.
The city has at least 100 art galleries that you can visit, and these galleries offer the best paintings, jewelry, artworks and pottery. These art galleries make the city a consistent favorite arts destination as voted by American Style magazine. Visitors fall in love with the city's thriving arts scene.
You can visit the Amapola Gallery, an artist cooperative that features the works of 40 artists and is also one of the best galleries in the city. Or you could go to B.C. Designs and the Collector's Store, where you can not only admire the artworks but also take them home. Then you have the Creative Albuquerque, the agency that oversees the promotion, recognition and advocacy for dance, theater, music, literary and visual arts. They have monthly exhibits as well as the annual Bravos Awards.
Then you should go to the various art galleries in town, such as the Albuquerque Photographers Gallery, Corrales Bosque Gallery, DSG Fine art, Harwood Art Center, SE-OC Right Brain Gallery, Sumner and Dene Creations in Art, the Van Dyke Gallery, and Weems Gallery.
Museums. Albuquerque offers you the best art museums in the area, such as:
University of New Mexico Art Museum has 30,000 objects in its collection, making it the biggest fine art collection in the city. These include at least 10,000 photographs and 17,000 prints, the Beaumont Newhall Collection, the Theodore J. Labhard Collection, the Jerome Bowers Peterson Memorial Collection, the Tamarind Archives, the Clinton Adams Archive Collection, paintings, drawings and works of the Old Masters, artworks related to New Mexico, old Spain and new Spain, the Taller De Grafica Popular Collection, and the Mary Lester Field and Neill B. Field Collection, as well as early modern art and art from the 1950s up.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History shows you the art of the city, the Rio Grande Valley and the American Southwest. You can find artifacts and art that go through 400 years of the city's history. They also give tours to Casa San Ysidro.
It also has three natural history museums: American International Rattlesnake Museum, the Meteorite Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and three science and technology museums ¡Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and the Telephone Museum of New Mexico.
And then it has museums that touch on different subjects from aerospace to geology, to the holocaust and even to the military and Native American cultures. Check out:
Public art. Albuquerque also has a variety of public art for you to enjoy, making the arts a part of your vacation even if you do not enter any art museum or gallery in the city. The city's public art program is among of the first in the United States. Fine examples of public art dot the city, including:
Performance art. You can also have your fill of the best theater, dance and music acts in the city. Check out the festivals, cultural centers and theaters here for the best performances you can find on this side of the country.
You can go to the Albuquerque Theatre Guild, which brings together theater actors, venues, companies and other theater aficionados. The Cell Theater is where you could find live performances all throughout the year, and the Duke City Repertory Theatre has some great performances too.
If you want something unique, how about mystery dinner theatre at Foul Play Café? Wait for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow at the University of New Mexico Arena where you could watch close to 3,000 Native American dancers and singers.
Further, go to Kimo Theater where you can watch a movie, a musical concert or theater performances in an iconic and historic venue. You can also catch performances by the Musical Theatre Southwest, Opera Southwest, and the Tricklock Company, while you can enjoy more at these venues as well: South Broadway Cultural Center and Popejoy Hall.
Jennifer James 101 serves farm to table gourmet food. The restaurant uses local ingredients as much as possible and they serve the best foie gras, curiously an off-menu item. You should also check out Sophia's Place, which serves the best lunch and breakfast fare.
Mary & Tito's Cafe serves delicious food at amazingly low prices, while 66 Pit Stop has mastered the art of making green chilli cheeseburger.
Then you have Farina Pizzeria, where you can eat delicious oven fired thin crust pizzas and Torino's @ Home give you more Italian selections on their menu.
You should also go to the Frontier Restaurant where you could get fast burgers and chili, if you do not mind the study sessions all around you. They also have one of the best breakfast burritos here. The Grove Cafe & Market serves one of the best coffee in town, as well as English muffins, bean salad and roast beef sandwich. Then you have Monte Carlo Steakhouse where you can get the most delicious steaks with a side of baklava.
Save room for dessert at Chillz Frozen Custard and a cup of joe at Michael Thomas Coffee. These places are the best way to cap your dinner.
As you can guess, Albuquerque has a range of great Mexican restaurants such as Taqueria Mexico, The Last Call, El Paisa, Sadie's Of New Mexico, Tacos Mex Y Mariscos, Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge, El Patio De Albuquerque, La Salita Restaurant, Cocina Azul, Cecilia's Cafe, Sophia's Place, Sharky's, Backstreet Grill, Padilla's Mexican Kitchen, Monroe's Restaurant, El Pinto, Perea's New Mexican Restaurant, Los Cuates New Mexican Food.
You can also get a taste of Asia here with a variety of world-class Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other Asian restaurants. Check out Fareast Fuzion, Street Food Asia, Street Food Market, Tokyo Kitchen, Jinja Bar & Bistro, Sushiya, Loving Vegan, Pacific Paradise Tropical Grill & Sushi Bars, Hakata, Kokoro, Sakura Sushi and Grill, Nagomi Japanese Restaurant, O Ramen, True Sushi, Gen Kai, Wasabi Japanese Cuisine, Japanese Kitchen, Budai Gourmet Chinese, Rising Star Chinese Eatery, Fan Tang, 328 Chinese Cuisine, China City Restaurant, Chinshan, Rose Garden, Yummi House, Fu Yuang Korean & Chinese Restaurant, Saigon Far East, Banh Mi Coda, Pho #1, Viet Q Vietnamese Grill, Pho 79, Cafe Da Lat, Huong Thao Vietnamese Cuisine, Pho Nguyen, Saigon Restaurant, and Basil Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant.
Other restaurants you can go to include:
Shopping. There are several shopping areas in the city.
Check out the more than 150 shops, restaurants and galleries at Historic Old Town. The plaza itself is around 300 years old and you could buy merchandise from Native American artists here, as well as check out other stuff on sale.
Then you have Nob Hill, where you can find a collection of local businesses that sell fashionable clothing, jewelry and even trendy home decor.
You can also go downtown where you have art galleries and specialty shops. Meet the local artists here or check out Gold Avenue for the latest fashion trends. And then head uptown where you can find the ABQ Uptown. This outdoor mall features luxury shopping choices and top-notch dining options. Here, you can shop at the North Face, LUSH, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Bebe, BCBG Max Azria, Gap, Chico's Francesca's, J. Jill, Lululemon Athletica, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn, Soma, Talbots, and Williams-Sonoma.
You could also go to the Cornoado Center here, where you could find around 150 stores and establishments in more than 1.1 million sq. ft. of retail space. Anchored by JCPenney, Kohl's, Sears, and Macy's, the mall also has the Body Shop, Cache, and Banana Republic here, among other retailers.
You should also go to Cottonwood Mall, which is anchored by Macy's Dillard's Sears, and JCPenney. This is the second biggest mall in the city with retail space of more than a million square feet. It has at least 130 stores and Regal Cinemas.
There are also souvenir shops here that sell top-notch products. Buy a dream catcher or turquoise jewelry, or how about Pinon Coffee, and a ceramic wedding vase. You can check out the Albuquerque Isotopes Baseball Club for an Isotopes penant, or visit the museum stores here. Other great shops for souvenirs are Old World Imports, Sumner & Dene Creations in Art, Skip Maisel's Indian Jewelry and Crafts, and Aceves Old Town Basket & Rug Shop.
Avid golfers love Albuquerque for its many golf courses. You can choose to play at any one of the following courses:
Albuquerque Convention Center is a multi-use venue that has exhibit halls, the Kiva Auditorium, and meeting rooms. You could find a sports area, and an indoor track here.
Carlisle Gymnasium, located on the University of New Mexico campus, is an indoor arena where you can find the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance.
You should not miss an Albuquerque Isotopes game at the Isotopes Park. The stadium accommodates more than 13,200 people, and is also home to the New Mexico Lobos. The Johnson Gymnasium, on the other hand, hosts the Lobos volleyball team and seats around 4,000 people.
Further, you have the Pit, where the Lobo basketball teams play their home games. This is also where the New Mexico Activities Association plays its basketball games. The arena seats around 15,400 people. Meanwhile, the Tingley Coliseum is where you could watch several important sporting events such as boxing matches, as well as musical concerts. The venue seats more than 11,500 people.
Then you also have the University Stadium, which seats more than 39,000 people. The football stadium is located on the University of New Mexico campus. This is where the New Mexico Lobos football team play their home games.
There are also the historic churches here: First Methodist Episcopal Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, San Felipe de Neri Church, San Ignacio Church, and Second United Presbyterian Church, as well as the Los Candelarias Chapel-San Antonio Chapel, Los Duranes Chapel, and Los Tomases Chapel. Then you have the historic buildings:
There are historic schools as well: Coronado School, Harwood School, Monte Vista School, Old Armijo School, Our Lady of the Angels School, West San Jose School, and Santa Barbara School. You also have historic lodgings: De Anza Motor Lodge, El Campo Tourist Courts, El Vado Auto Court, Employees' New Dormitory and Club, Hilltop Lodge, La Mesa Motel, La Puerta Lodge, Luna Lodge, Old Hilton Hotel, and Tewa Lodge.
Other historic sites here include:
But if you want to see more historic structures in less time, opt to see the historic districts here, including: Aldo Leopold Neighborhood Historic District, Barelas-South Fourth Street Historic District, Eighth Street-Forrester District, Fourth Ward District, Huning Highlands Historic District, Las Imagines Archeological District-Albuquerque West Mesa Escarpment, Los Griegos Historic District, Manzano Court Addition Historic District, Menaul School Historic District, Monte Vista and College View Historic District, Silver Hill Historic District, and Spruce Park Historic District.
The city was named the fittest city in the country by Men's Fitness magazine. It is not surprising seeing that there are a lot of outdoor activities you can do within city limits.
Hiking in the city takes you on relaxing strolls to something as challenging as mountain climbing. You can explore the Sandia Mountains for a great hike. You can also bike here. You can bring your own bike, but there are a lot of rental companies in the city. Bike through Old Town or perhaps go on the Paseo del Bosque trail.
You can also visit the many parks here. Some of the largest parks include:
Parks in the city allows you to do anything from rock climbing, playing sports, spending time on the playground, biking, indulging in photography, model rocketry and extreme sports, swimming, and others!
Camping. There are several RV parks and camping grounds in the city that you could enjoy. Go to the Albuquerque Central Koa and camp with the Sandia Mountains in the background. You can certainly live the high life here as there are museums, zoos and aquarium, and other amenities nearby. The campground itself has a playground, an indoor hot tub, air-conditioned cabins, and a heated pool. There is even Wi-Fi connectivity here.
You can also camp at the American RV Park, the state's highest rated RV Park, or Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading post, where you are near a handful of museums, Old Town, and other attractions in the city. They RV park itself has Wi-Fi access, pools and spa, and other amenities.
Animal lovers would love the city for its many animal-related attractions. Go to the ABQ Biopark, where you can get four different kinds of experiences. Here, you could find:
If you want cuteness overload, check out the Albuquerque Alpacas where you can feed and touch alpacas that they have. Or head out to the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to watch birds all year round. The center also has wildlife viewing areas.
Then you could go to the Wildlife West Nature Park, which features rescued wildlife from more than 20 species of animals native to the state. You would find wolves, bears, cougars, elk, foxes and raptors, as well as other animals here.
One of the most unique things you can do in Albuquerque is to ride hot air balloons. There are several charters available to you: Above and Beyond, Above It All Balloon Rides of Albuquerque, and Enchanted Winds Hot Air Balloon Company.
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