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Albuquerque is possibly the best family vacation destination, with something for all interests. From nature centers and museums to amusement parks and sports venues, families are guaranteed to have plenty of fun options to choose from. As far as kid-friendly vacations are concerned, Albuquerque has many options. Plus, it's so affordable that you'll find your travel budget goes far. If you’re looking for the very best family vacation destination, with everything from dinosaur exhibits to outdoor fun, look no further than Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque climate is perfect for family outdoor activities and wildlife experiences. The variety of ecosystems and abundant natural beauty here are showcased in many ways.
The ultimate for kid-friendly vacations, The ABQ BioPark is a unique environmental museum comprising four facilities: the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and fishing lakes at Tingley Beach. Located on the central Rio Grande flyway, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers excellent bird watching throughout the year. Wildlife West Nature Park offers an up-close look at local wildlife.
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Have fun in Albuquerque riding roller coasters, splashing around at water parks, playing paintball and more at any of the city's family entertainment centers. From April through September, kids will enjoy a trip to Cliff’s Amusement Park. Cliff's offers family fun on roller coasters, water rides and more. The Hinkle Family Fun Center offers go-karts, miniature golf, immersive virtual reality and much more.
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Albuquerque family outdoor activities include biking, hiking, skiing and plenty of other sports. Hiking trails follow the meandering path of the Rio Grande, while the Sandia Mountains provide fantastic terrain for hikers and bikers. Get a bird's-eye view from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. In the winter, Sandia Peak offers skiing and snowboarding overlooking the city.
Rent a bike at one of the city’s bike shops, located near Old Town and Downtown. If you are interested in seeing volcanoes, bring your family to the Petroglyph National Monument to hike the Rinconada or Piedras Marcadas Canyons from sunrise to sunset.
Albuquerque offers many interesting history and science-related attractions and learning opportunities. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has dinosaur exhibits and a planetarium. Across the street, you will find Explora, a hands-on science discovery center with exhibits, activities, programs, theater performances and events in science, technology and art.
Another special attraction is the American International Rattlesnake Museum, home to the world's largest collection of live rattlesnakes. Or you can see a county fair, a three-ring circus and an entire handcrafted village at Tinkertown Museum, a guaranteed unique family outing!
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For nine days in October, the Albuquerque skies are colorfully painted with more than 500 hot air balloons lifting off from Balloon Fiesta Park. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the world’s largest balloon festival, provides an incredible family experience. Plan your family's vacation around this world famous event and be part of an amazing hot air balloon experience.