Super Fun Things to Do Besides Eat in Albuquerque, New Mexico

When most people think of Albuquerque, New Mexico, they instantly think of food or “Breaking Bad.” Do a quick Pinterest search, and you’ll get a glimpse of the food culture, which includes chile, craft beer, food trucks, coffee, rooftop bars, and so much more. However, Albuquerque will satisfy much more than only your taste buds.

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You’ll want a few days to take in all that Albuquerque has to offer, but day trips are always a fun option, too. Book your Albuquerque hotel near the Amtrak station to make the most of your time and let the adventure begin. See, feel, and experience all that Albuquerque has to offer on your next visit.

City Scenes

 

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  • Sandia Peak Tramway: One classic attraction in Albuquerque is the Sandia Peak Tramway, which just happens to be the longest tramway in the world. Ascend 2.7 miles to the summit of Sandia Peak. You’ll be 10,000 feet above sea level, where you can enjoy incredible views, catch a sunset, and enjoy a cocktail at the bar.
  • Old Town Albuquerque: You’ll definitely want to spend an afternoon strolling the streets of Old Town Albuquerque. Take in the adobe buildings, Native American and Spanish history, adorable shops, and restaurants that Old Town has to offer. Don’t miss the San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793.

 

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Nature Spots

  • Paseo Del Bosque: Hit the trails at the Paseo del Bosque. This park is accessible from the city, and it offers 16 miles of paved trails. Walk or rent a bike and enjoy the outdoors while you pass along the Rio Grande.
  • Rio Grande Nature Center: While you’re at the Paseo del Bosque, you’ll also want to check out Albuquerque’s Nature Center. Here you can see a variety of birds, including hummingbirds, and walk the nature trails along the river.

 

Events

 

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  • International Balloon Festival: If you can make it to Albuquerque in October, do it. You’ll enjoy stunningly beautiful views of hot air balloons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If you can’t make it in time for the festival, you can always take your own hot air balloon ride or check out the museum.
  • New Mexico State Fair: Enjoy a classic fall event at the New Mexico State Fair. You can catch it every September during its 10-day run.

 

Art and History

 

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  • Scout Out the City’s Street Art: Albuquerque is home to world-renowned street art. Take your love for street art one step further and download the ABQ Public Art app to guide you around the city’s public art displays.
  • Visit Museums: Some favorites in Albuquerque include the Natural History Museum and its display of dinosaurs; the Albuquerque Museum that features the local history, culture, and art of the city; and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you can learn about the 19 Native American Communities, or pueblos, in New Mexico.

 

While I hope you eat tons of delicious food on your trip to Albuquerque, there are other fun things to do in the city that don’t involve eating out!

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