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Planning affordable family vacations can be tricky, but Albuquerque offers local events, activities and entertainment options within a wide range of budgets. Everyone can afford an inexpensive vacation to Albuquerque.

Albuquerque was named one of the top affordable places to travel in the US by Condé Nast Traveler. This list identifies the destinations and services that deliver the most value for your dollar, based on quality, cost, and value to provide a terrific travel experience.


Attractions & Activities

Museums: $4-$8

With many museums to choose from, there's something for everyone, all at very reasonable admission prices.

Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Gardens: Free to $12.50

Albuquerque is a great place for an affordable family vacation, with a variety of inexpensive or free attractions including a zoo, botanic gardens, a fishing area and an aquarium.

Performances: Starting at $8

Ticket prices for a wide range of theater, dance and music performances are extremely affordable, starting at only $8.

Spectator Sports: Starting at $7

Admission starts at only $7 for sporting events including:

  • AAA Isotopes baseball
  • University of New Mexico Lobos athletics
  • Duke City Gladiators, arena football

Outdoor Recreation

Choose Albuquerque for its inexpensive vacations, with endless options for affordable outdoor activities. The Sandia Mountain foothills and numerous bike paths are less than 20 minutes from anywhere in the city. Abundant golf options provide a tremendous value, with a variety of course options in the metro area.

  • Mountain bike packages start at $50 including bike, helmet and lift ticket.
  • Hiking in the foothills or Petroglyph National Monument requires only a $1-$3 parking fee.
  • The average green fee at one of the city's numerous golf courses, including 18 holes of golf and a cart, is only $55.
  • Take a scenic walk along the Rio Grande Bosque Trail or at the Rio Grande Nature Center. Enjoy the natural setting and do some bird-watching for free.

Lodging and Meals

Much of your travel budget is spent on lodging and meals, so Albuquerque’s affordable hotels and restaurants and low taxes make it an appealing place for your next vacation.


In challenging times, Albuquerque's great transportation rates make it easy to plan a trip on a budget.

  • A typical taxi cab fare from the airport to Downtown: $17
  • Average daily rates for a compact car: $102 (plus taxes and fees)
  • Gas prices below the national average