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Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded here in 1706. Today, Old Town is the city's cultural center, with numerous museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.

At A Glance: Old Town

Distance from Airport: 8.7 miles/14 kilometers

Activities: Museums, shopping, parks, fishing, family fun, art galleries, aquarium, gardens 

Highlights: History, museums, shopping, culture

Old Town was Albuquerque's first neighborhood. More than 300 years after its founding, it remains a center for culture, architecture, shopping, art and cuisine.

Old Town was established in 1706, when a group of Spanish families settled here. The plaza is anchored by the San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 after the original structure collapsed. Most of the architecture in Old Town is adobe, but the arrival of the railroad brought new architectural styles. You’ll find numerous Victorian buildings as you walk around Old Town.

Guide to Old Town Albuquerque

Things To Do in Old Town

Find attractions, activities, tours and more fun things to do in Historic Old Town! 

Eat & Drink in Old Town

ABQ has an abundance of great restaurant options featuring our famous regional and traditional cuisine and more. Find places to eat and drink in Old Town!

Get Around Old Town

View a map of things to do in Historic Old Town.

Shopping in Old Town

Find an array of shopping options in the Historic Old Town neighborhood! 

Places to Stay in Old Town

Hotels and resorts are just a few of the types of lodging in Albuquerque. Find your perfect accommodations in Old Town!

Events in Albuquerque

See all the events happening around Albuquerque and begin planning your trip!