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Free Albuquerque Activities

You’ll find plenty of fun, free things to do in Albuquerque during your visit. From Native American culture to meteorites, and fishing to gallery tours, Albuquerque is one of the Southwest’s best cheap vacation spots. Find suggestions for free activities below:

Events

  • ARTScrawl's self-guided gallery tours are a great way to explore the city's art scene. The First Friday ARTScrawl is a citywide tour of galleries featuring work from local and nationally recognized artists.
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts various free events and festivals throughout the year celebrating Hispanic art and traditions. The center includes an art museum, library, geneology center and performing arts complex. 
  • Old Town New Fun includes everything from folk art to Flamenco dancing in the historic Old Town neighborhood. (Wednesday - Sunday evenings)
  • Summerfest is a series of free community events featuring live music, children's activities, climbing walls, a craft beer garden, food trucks and vendors selling local, handcrafted goods. (Downtown, Saturday evenings)
  • ABQSlams' Poetry Slams include performance events and educational programs throughout the year. 

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Museums and Monuments

Petroglyph turkey by Petroglyph National Monument - one of the many free things to see and do in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum gives visitors a chance to explore the exciting history of hot air balloons and their role in everything from sightseeing to space exploration. (Free every Sunday from 9am-1pm and the first Friday of every month)
  • The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is located in the heart of Old Town, just off historic Route 66. The family-friendly museum has a collection of art, history and culture from across New Mexico and the American Southwest. (Free every Sunday from 9am-1pm and the first Wednesday of every month. Also free on the first full weekend of every month for Bank of America customers, just show your credit or debit card)
  • Explora is an innovative, hands-on learning center teaching science, technology and art to students of all ages. (Children 1 and under are free)
  • Indian Dances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are a unique way for visitors to experience Native American traditions and culture, meet artists selling handcrafted works, and explore the center's unique collection of Pueblo pottery and art. (Weekends at 11am and 2pm)
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History offers a peek into the story of the Atomic Age, from the development of the atomic bomb to the widespread use of nuclear energy production. (Children 5 and under are free) 
  • New Mexico Natural History Museum explores the state's distinctive natural history, including dinosaurs, ancient sea coasts and a chance the walk through a "live" volcano. (Offers free admission on 5 days during the year)
  • Petroglyph National Monument is an open-air museum featuring more than 20,000 ancient images of people, animals and other mysterious designs carved into the black rock of the Rio Grande Valley. (Parking is $1 on weekdays and $2 on weekends)
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument 
  • University of New Mexico Museums 
    • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology offers exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest.
    • Meteorite Museum is home to more than 5,000 specimens and offers both scientists and visitors the chance to learn about asteroids, comets and more through the study of objects that have fallen to earth. 
    • Southwest Biology Museum is a research and teaching facility that studies ecology and the life history of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. 
    • UNM Art Museum is a teaching museum whose collection includes paintings, photography, prints and sculpture with a particular focus on works by American artists. 

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Outdoor Activities

Shopping in Old Town by ACVB - Shoppers get great, inexpensive gifts and souvenirs in Albuquerque, one of the best cheap vacation spots in the Southwest!
  • Fishing Lakes at Tingley Beach are open year-round and offer free fishing areas in multiple ponds. 
  • Rio Grande BioPark is a unique environmental museum that includes the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach. (Children 2 and under are free)
  • Nature Walks, Hiking and Biking are a great way to get outside and enjoy one of the city's fantastic trails and open space preserves. 

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Uniquely Albuquerque - One of the Best Cheap Vacation Spots in NM

  • Historic Route 66 runs through Albuquerque. See the road that changed the idea of post-WWII American road trips, including some unique signs and architecture that still remain from its heyday. 
  • Farmer’s Markets in Albuquerque are a great (and inexpensive) way to get a taste of local food and goods. 
  • Flea Markets in Albuquerque offer treasure hunters a chance to score some amazing finds amidst the bric-a-brac. 
  • Window Shopping in Old Town and Nob Hill is great way to sample daily life in Albuquerque, and find some interesting people-watching.
  • Wine Tastings at select wineries, including Anasazi Fields and Corrales Winery, let you sip unique wines from Albuquerque's north valley. 

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