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Things to do in ABQ

Come Early and Stay Late

Both traditional and modern, equal parts cool and quaint, Albuquerque is an oasis set in the high desert, full of people with rich histories and inspiring ideas you won’t find anywhere else. Convention delegates coming to Albuquerque for the first-time, or lucky enough to be enjoying a return-trip, will find rest, relaxation, and renewal in a mini-vacation on either end of a conference or meeting.  Immerse yourself in a destination where no visitor has the same experience. There is truly no city like it.

Historic Old Town

Shopping in Old Town

Visit the city’s 318-year-old cultural heart, including San Felipe de Neri Parish, the oldest building in the city. Check out Museum Row to view world class exhibits in the middle of the city’s original founding site. Explore more than 150 shops, galleries and restaurants featuring Southwestern artwork, pottery and classic New Mexican food in Old Town.

ABQ BioPark

People watching fish at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium

Stop and smell the roses at the award-winning Botanic Garden, fish the outdoor lakes at Tingley Beach, or experience Albuquerque’s wild side at the Zoo or Aquarium – all are part of the premier ABQ BioPark.

City Tours

DTN - ROS - Breaking Bad RV Tours

Enjoy a myriad of walking, biking and self-guided tours. Some specialty tours focus on specific niches in Albuquerque, like Breaking Bad filming locations or local ghosts. Experience Albuquerque by trolley with TourABQ’s “Best of ABQ City Tour.”

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

An exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

As the gateway to New Mexico’s 19 Native American Pueblos, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center features authentic dance performances, various museum exhibits and the delicious Indian Pueblo Kitchen restaurant.

World-Class Museums

Albuquerque Museum

As a top-rated city for museums, there is something to suit every taste. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from art and history (the Albuquerque Museum) to snakes (the American International Rattlesnake Museum) to the Southwest’s favorite gem (the Turquoise Museum). The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and Explora science center and museum are fun for science buffs of all ages.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway 5

Take a mile-high ride above the city on North America’s longest aerial tramway and marvel at endless views of the Land of Enchantment. Dine more than 10,000 feet up at Ten 3, the restaurant located at the top of the tram.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Mundos de MestizajeDon’t miss the largest concave fresco in North America, Frederico Vigil’s “Mundos De Mestizaje,” inside the Torreón at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A performing arts complex hosts musicals, plays and other performing arts. The NHCC also features an art museum, a library, a genealogy center and a gift shop.

Local Cuisine

A plate of chile rellenos covered in chile, cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Albuquerque's authentic cuisine is heavily influenced by the Spanish, Native American and Mexican cultures that shape the city's diversity. Chile is the key ingredient featured in a variety of dishes to enhance the flavor. Step into one of the city's numerous local restaurants to try a taste of red or green chile.


A group sips drinks and chats at Level 5 Rooftop Bar at Hotel Chaco

Albuquerque's nightlife scene is more than just hitting the club. Enjoy a night on the town in Downtown or Nob Hill, where cocktail bars, breweries, wine bars, restaurants, billiard halls and dance clubs are clustered in walkable areas. Or, indulge your senses at Albuquerque's casinos and resorts, where you will find fantastic concert venues, restaurants, spas and lounges.

Outdoor Recreation

Mountain Biking Sandias Sunset

Exploring Albuquerque's scenic nature makes for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Hike in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains among prickly pear, cholla cactus and fragrant desert sage, or trek to the top of the mountains, where pine and fir trees line the ridges and valleys. The city is also known for its numerous bike trails throughout the city, including high-intensity mountain biking trails and additional trails along the Bosque.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

DTN - ROS - World Balloon - "A"Experience a soaring view of Albuquerque through a hot air balloon ride offered by various local ballooning companies year-round in the hot air ballooning capital of the world.

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