5 Great Things to Do in Albuquerque New Mexico

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There are a variety of things to do in Albuquerque New Mexico for those who haven’t been.  Whether you’re visiting one of our 14 beautiful golf courses, taking ahot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains, hiking among dormant volcanoes, horseback riding along the river or strolling through Old Town, you’ll find Albuquerque offers a real breath of fresh air. Don’t miss the stunning views of the city from Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, as it slowly climbs the 10,378-foot peak of the mountains that form Albuquerque’s eastern border.

The Rio Grand Zoo: The reptile and amphibian house and the Tropical America buildings house all manner of snakes, frogs, tarantulas, and birds. From April-September, the zoo offers an array of special programs for both kids and adults, including lectures, animal shows, craft workshops, storytelling, and a summer concert series.

Tinkertown Museum: Over 40 years of carving and collecting have produced Ross J. Ward’s Tinkertown. The folk art museum began with two main attractions: a carved wooden miniature three-ring circus that Ward created as a teenager, and a diminutive turn-of-the-century Western town he created in the 1960s. Today, those original animated displays are housed in a 22-room building, the walls of which are constructed with over 50,000 glass bottles. A variety of Ward’s other collections are also on display — from wedding cake couples to Western memorabilia to a 35-foot antique sailboat.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: The city’s most popular museum features a first-rate dinosaur exhibit, an arctic Ice Age cave, and a replicated volcano with a river of lava flowing underneath an opaque glass floor. Be sure to check out the equally engaging film in the Dynamax Theater.

Explora: Hands-on exhibits encourage interactive learning at this 50,000 square foot facility. Discover how science, the arts, and culture interrelate by enjoying the Creation Station and exhibits about animals and biology, water and the Rio Grande, light and optics, and energy and technology.

KiMo Theater: Built in 1927, the KiMo is a beautiful Pueblo Deco style building originally built during the heyday of luxury theater construction as a movie palace and vaudeville stage (Vivian Vance — I Love Lucy’s Ethel — got her start here). Used today as a performing arts venue, the theater has been fully restored to its original grandeur and is an Albuquerque landmark.

Suggestions from ItsATrip and TenBest. Also check out a 365 Facebook Page of things to do in the area.

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