Local Area Attractions
The Balloon Fiesta October 5-13, 2013.
For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy. . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. No matter who you are, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will leave you awestruck and wanting more.
Cliff's Amusement Park
Put some excitement into your day with a trip to the amusement park! From kiddie and family rides to thrill rides, there is something for everybody. Don’t miss the Rattler, New Mexico’s only wooden super coaster! Add games and food and you have a day of fun for the whole family. Call 505-881-9373 for hours. Admission is charged. The park is located in Albuquerque.
Sandia Peak Tramway
Just minutes from the heart of Albuquerque, the world's longest aerial tramway lifts you to the breathtaking top of Sandia Peak. Experience the drama of an 11,000 square mile panoramic view of New Mexico from the World's Longest Tramway. From the base to the top of 10,378 foot Sandia Peak, time and terrain seem to move in harmony as passengers lift from the desert floor, above canyons and lush forests, to the mountain top - 2.7 miles of sky-view travel and discovery of New Mexico's varied landscape and life zones.
Rio Grande Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side with a trip to this 64-acre zoo ! See over 250 species of exotic and native animals, including seals, chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, hippos and camels. Ride the zoo train and watch the daily feedings of the animals. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is charged. The zoo is located in downtown Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Museum of Art, History and Science
See the largest exhibit on Spanish colonial culture in the United States. This modern museum boasts an art collection featuring the best of contemporary and traditional New Mexico art, plus a kinetic sculpture gallery for children. Popular displays include Spanish armor and religious artifacts.
Museum of Natural History
Explore an Ice Age cave, stand inside a volcano, watch an active beehive and discover the dinosaurs that once roamed the great Rio Grande Valley. This contemporary museum provides an innovative, educational experience for all ages with hands-on exhibits and many naturalist activities.
Rio Grande Nature Center
Experience the living environment of more than 270 acres of riverside forests and meadows. All manner of birds and migratory fowl can be seen year-round. Enjoy strolling along two miles of trails, bird-watching, and studying desert creatures and wildflowers. Visit the Nature Center online for more information.
National Atomic Museum
Visit the nation’s largest exhibit of nuclear weapons. Military buffs will enjoy the B-52 bomber, full-scale missile models and fighter bombers on display. Learn about peaceful applications of nuclear power and alternative energy technology. The informative movie "Ten Seconds That Shook The World," which recreates the project that ushered in a new era, is shown several times each day.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Pueblo people are located primarily in New Mexico, however, at one time the Pueblo's homeland reached into the states of Colorado and Arizona. Pueblo people rooted in this region of the southwest are descendants of an indigenous Native American culture that has established itself over many centuries. Learn about the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Hinkle Family Fun Center
Hinkle Family Fun Center is the place to have fun! Play Laser Tag, paintball and miniature golf. Ride Go-Karts, bumper cars and bumper boats. Play your favorite games in the two arcades. Spend an hour or a day; there is something here to please everyone. Open Monday – Thursday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 12:00 noon – 12:00 a.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission is charged. The Family Fun Center is wheelchair accessible and located in Albuquerque.
The Petroglyph National Monument
Step back in time with a visit to Petroglyph National Monument. There are five volcanoes, archaeological sites and 20,000 images carved into rocks for you to explore. There is also a visitor center and hiking trails for your enjoyment. Open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee. Parts of the park are wheelchair accessible. The park is located on the northwest side of Albuquerque, off I-40.
The Albuquerque Aquarium takes you on a journey down the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico through the fish and marine life that live there. See eels, seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, sea turtles and more. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is charged. The aquarium is located in Albuquerque.
Rio Grande Botanic Garden
A visit to the Rio Grande Botanical Garden oasis in the desert will leave you refreshed. The 36 developed acres include a 10,000 square foot glass conservatory filled with native and exotic plants from desert and Mediterranean climates. There is also a seasonal (May – September) Butterfly Pavilion with hundreds of free–flying moths and butterflies. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is charged. The Garden is located in Albuquerque.
Coronado State Monument
This impressive monument situated on the banks of the Rio Grande, boasts the well-preserved ruins of Kuaua Pueblo. An excellent interpretive trail leads to the Fourteenth Century ruins and a restored kiva (a sacred ceremonial chamber, traditionally off-limits to non-American Indians). A Visitors Center with original mural and displays reveals the story behind the tribes who settled in the great Rio Grande Valley.
Jemez State Monument
Stop by the Visitors Center to view fascinating artifacts and exhibits depicting the Jemez way of life. Then wander throughout the park and see long-abandoned ruins dating back to 1617. A trail leads to an impressive, well-preserved structure which was a one-time missions church.
Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway
Back roads often lead to glorious scenery and great discovery. When travelers leave the freeway and venture onto the Turquoise Trail, the scenic and historical area that links Albuquerque and Santa Fe, they will see 15,000 square miles of central New Mexico with a bird’s eye view from atop Sandia Crest, the magnificent summit of the Sandia Mountains. They will drive back into history in the "ghost" mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, which are now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants.
Sandia Peak Ski Area
Four Chair lifts, two surface lifts and twenty-five miles of slopes and trails open up new paths for the beginner and offer hours of cruising terrain for intermediate or advanced skiers. During summer take a thrilling double chair lift ride over the lush forest and mountain terrain.
Historic Santa Fe
Only an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, Santa Fe has captured the hearts and imaginations of many of the world’s artists, filmmakers, and writers. Attractions include historic sites such as Loretto Chapel, the Palace of the Governors, the Santuario de Guadalupe, Saint Francis Cathedral, and San Miguel Mission.