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Get Around Albuquerque Neighborhoods

There are many great places to explore all over Albuquerque, and getting there is easy with a car or by taking public transportation. The Albuquerque bus system, known as ABQ Ride, covers most of the metro area with more than 35 routes, including the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) system that runs along Central Avenue. In addition, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, a commuter train that travels more than 100 miles between Belen and Santa Fe and back, makes four stops each direction in Albuquerque.

The Alvarado Transportation Center, located in east downtown, is the transportation hub of Albuquerque for bus and train travel. In addition to servicing ABQ Ride and the Rail Runner Express, the Alvarado Transportation Center also services the Amtrak Southwest Chief and Greyhound Bus Lines. Other transportation centers in the city are the Montano Transit Center in the North Valley (bus and Rail Runner Express connections), the Uptown Transit Center in the Northeast Heights (bus connections), and the Northwest Transit Center and Central & Unser Transit Center (bus connections), both on the Westside. All Albuquerque city buses are free to ride in 2022.

 

Exploring Downtown

Downtown

Downtown Albuquerque has seen a major revitalization in the past few years. Nightlife lights up along Central, with many nightclubs, bars and restaurants. The Albuquerque Convention Center is located Downtown as well, with many hotels in the area.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 250 (weekdays)

KiMo Theatre

The iconic KiMo Theatre is impossible to miss along Central in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque. Home to theatrical performances and concerts, the unique Pueblo Deco style makes the almost century old theater a must-see destination.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line and ART Route 777 Green Line (weekdays and weekends)

Turquoise Museum

Learn everything there is to know about turquoise at the Turquoise Museum. Enjoy jewelry, art and interactive exhibits as you discover this fascinating gemstone.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 16 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 97 (weekdays), ABQ Ride Route 54 (weekdays and Saturdays)

Albuquerque Convention Center

Home to many events, gatherings and concerts, the Albuquerque Convention Center is located in East Downtown. There is almost always something happening at the Convention Center. While there, check out the dozens of art pieces decorating the building!

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 5 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 16 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends)

Exploring Old Town

Old Town Shopping

The cultural center of Albuquerque, Historic Old Town has been the heart of the city for more than 300 years. Old Town is the perfect spot to learn more about Albuquerque’s history, do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 50 and ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends)

ABQ BioPark

From creepy crawlies to adorable otters, the ABQ BioPark has something for everyone. See an array of fish at the Albuquerque Aquarium, or take a peaceful stroll through the Botanic Garden. It’s a short 15-minute walk from the center of Old Town.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line (weekdays and weekends)

Historic Old Town Plaza

Go back to where Albuquerque began at the Historic Old Town Plaza. It has everything you need to have an authentic New Mexican experience. Shop at dozens of local shops, eat some of the best New Mexican food around and explore the history packed into the place that Albuquerque has centered around since 1706.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 36 (weekdays and Saturdays), ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line (weekdays and weekends)

Museum Row

There is no shortage of museums just to the east of Old Town. The Albuquerque Museum features artwork from New Mexico and the American Southwest. Explore what prehistoric New Mexico was like at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. For kids of all ages, check out Explora, the children’s museum right across the street.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 36 (weekdays and Saturdays), ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line (weekdays and weekends)

Exploring Nob Hill/University Area/Midtown

Nob Hill

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Nob Hill is full of eclectic shops and unique dining. Check out the Route 66 architecture and neon signs. Just down the street is the University of New Mexico. The lively area is conveniently located near the I-25/I-40 interchange with many hotels and restaurants.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends)

Nob Hill Main Street

One of the perfect places to shop and chill, there is a plethora of fun to be had along Nob Hill Main Street. Shop hundreds of local businesses to find the perfect souvenir or gift, and be sure to check out some of the incredible food too.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 16 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line and ART Route 777 Green Line (weekdays and weekends)

University of New Mexico

The largest university in the state, the University of New Mexico is a top research facility. It is also home to Popejoy Hall, where many performances from local productions to Broadway shows take place.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 5 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 11 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 66 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line and ART Route 777 Green Line (weekdays and weekends)

Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park/New Mexico United Stadium

Nicknamed “The Lab,” Isotopes Park serves as the home for the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team. Local professional soccer team New Mexico United plays there as well.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 217 (weekdays)

Exploring Balloon Fiesta Park/North I-25

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The Balloon Fiesta Park/North I-25 area is home to Balloon Fiesta Park. There are many major hotels and restaurants in the area, with convenient access to many business activities and entertainment attractions.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 222 (weekdays) and ABQ Ride Route 140 (weekdays)

Balloon Fiesta Park

It’s not just the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® that happens at Balloon Fiesta Park! Explore a number of festivals on a summer weekend. Don’t forget to visit the The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum to learn about the history of hot air ballooning in Albuquerque.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 140 (weekdays)

Brewery District

There are plenty of places to sip on a locally-made beer in the brewery district. The craft beer scene has exploded in Albuquerque. Breweries are scattered across the city, but the best place to hit multiple breweries in one stop is here in the brewery district in the area of Candelaria and I-25.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 7 (weekdays), ABQ Ride Route 8 (weekdays and weekends)

Golf Courses

Hit the links with many golf courses in the area. Check out the Albuquerque Golf and Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park to brush up on your golf skills while enjoying magnificent views. The retail shop also offers equipment rental and golf accessories for purchase.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 140 (weekdays)

Gruet Winery

After making wine for almost 40 years, Gruet Winery knows a thing or two about serving a good glass. Gruet Winery is known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines. It has been acclaimed by sommeliers across the country.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 140 (weekdays)

Exploring the North Valley

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The North Valley is a vibrant area running along the Rio Grande. This is the perfect place for nature-lovers because there are many great outdoor activities, along with wineries, farmers markets and spas.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 10 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 157 (weekdays and weekends)

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Designed in 1932, Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm is set among 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwoods and gardens. There are 45 guest rooms, an organic farm, restaurant and boutique retail shop. It offers a relaxing environment amidst natural beauty.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 157 (weekdays and weekends)

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center features a number of permanent and rotating exhibits, hand-crafted artistry for sale, a library and cultural dances. Indian Pueblo Kitchen is the on-site restaurant, featuring regional and Native dishes.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 8 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 36 (weekdays and Saturdays)

Big Jim Farms

Pick your own green chile at Big Jim Farms. Find the best peppers to keep you warm all year long. There is also a sunflower and flower picking experience as well. Big Jim Farms features numerous wildflowers, farm animals, children play areas and educational farm stations.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 157 (weekdays and weekends)

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Grab your binoculars and spot 250 species of birds at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. There are two miles of nature trails to explore along the Rio Grande, along with an indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing area.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 36 (weekdays and Saturdays)

Exploring Eastside/Uptown

Running in the Sandia Foothills

The Eastside of town includes the foothills of the Sandia Mountains with great hiking and mountain biking opportunities. The Uptown area includes major business centers as well as EXPO New Mexico, home to the New Mexico State Fair.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends) to ABQ Ride Route 11 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends) to ABQ Ride Route 11 (weekdays and weekends) to ABQ Ride Route 31 (weekdays and weekends)

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Ride the longest aerial tram in the Americas on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. See what Albuquerque looks like from more than 10,000 feet up. Grab a bite to eat at the restaurant Ten 3, and take a hike along a number of trails. You can also take the tram and ski down during the winter months!

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 93 (weekdays) is the closest bus route, but does require a rideshare ride to get to the base of the tram, TRAMSporter with Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory takes visitors at certain hotels to and from the tram.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Learn about the Atomic Age at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Adults and children alike can see how nuclear energy is used today, and how New Mexico played a role in the nuclear race during World War II.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 2 (weekdays and weekends)

EXPO New Mexico

Home of the New Mexico State Fair, EXPO New Mexico hosts hundreds of events throughout the year. The multi-use entertainment and sports facility features flea markets, festivals, concerts and more at any time of the year.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 34 (weekdays), ABQ Ride Route 157 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line (weekdays and weekends)

ABQ Uptown Shopping Center

ABQ Uptown Shopping Center is an outdoor mall geared towards more upscale shopping. Find local and national retailers along with dining options as well. All are easily accessible and pedestrian-friendly.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 8 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 157 (weekdays and weekends), ART Route 766 Red Line (weekdays and weekends)

Exploring Westside

Petroglyph National Monument

The Westside is a quickly growing area of Albuquerque, marked by dormant volcanoes and the Petroglyph National Monument.

Get there from the airport: ABQ Ride Route 50 (weekdays and weekends) to ABQ Ride Route 790 (weekdays and Saturdays)

Petroglyph National Monument

The Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest petroglyph sites on the continent. Take a walk to see symbols carved onto rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers up to 700 years ago. 

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 94 (weekdays)

Electric Playhouse

Everyone can have fun at Electric Playhouse. The projection-based digital gameplay arena can be a challenge for your brain or your body. Electric Playhouse also features DJs, live music and special performances.

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 790 (weekdays and Saturdays), ABQ Ride Route 155 (weekdays and weekends)

Open Space Visitor Center

The Open Space Visitor Center is a great place for visitors to explore the nature surrounding Albuquerque. Learn about the natural and cultural resources open spaces around the city protect. Don’t miss the art gallery and the agricultural fields as well!

Get there: ABQ Ride Route 155 (weekdays and weekends), ABQ Ride Route 790 (weekdays and Saturdays)

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