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When you take a trip to Albuquerque, you travel centuries into the past. From our unique Native cultures and our Spanish and Mexican ancestors, to today’s vibrantly diverse community, it only takes a trip to the heart of New Mexico to give your family a global perspective. Imagine the ultimate family vacation, starting with the perfect breakfast, of course.

The Ultimate Family Weekend of Culture & History in Albuquerque

Day One


Introduce your family’s taste buds to flavors they’ll have to sample to believe at Church Street Café, located in one of Albuquerque’s oldest buildings.


Stroll around Historic Old Town and watch local artisans selling handmade jewelry and crafts.


Watch traditional Pueblo dances and take in Native American art at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then eat lunch at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen onsite. Try the Kool-Aid fried pickles, a modern tradition on many New Mexico Pueblo reservations.


Visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to watch the paleontological preparation of real dinosaur bones, marvel at the planetarium and catch a larger-than-life movie at the IMAX theater.


Fill your family’s bellies at Garduños at Old Town Restaurant & Cantina. There, you’ll savor authentic Mexican and New Mexican cuisine as you’re serenaded by mariachis on the patio.


Head upstairs to your room at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town to rejuvenate from the day’s adventures.

Day Two


Bring out your inner scientists with fun, hands-on exhibits at Explora.


Head to Golden Crown Panadería to share a delicious pie made with specialty crust like blue corn or green chile, and then enjoy some authentic New Mexican cookies and empanadas.


Spend the afternoon getting face-to-face with real snakes at the American International Rattlesnake Museum, learning about our atomic history at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, delighting in the hand-made world of Tinkertown Museum, and launching a passion for flight at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.


Cap off a whirlwind day with dinner on the Mother Road at 66 Diner. Their Blue Plate specials, handmade milkshakes and rockin’ jukebox are the perfect way to end the perfect trip.


Imagine the perfect trip to Albuquerque. Then plan it.