Local Area Attractions
New Mexico is rich with activities! Everything from A-Z you will find right here in Albuquerque and the neighboring areas. Make your trip a trip to remember and customize it to fit your personality. We hope that you will find this Local Attractions page to be a helpful guide during your stay with us!
Sandia Peak Tram
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of natures more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque, in the Sandia Foothills off of Tramway Rd..
Rio Grande Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side with a trip to our beautiful 64-acre Albuquerque Zoo! See over 250 species of exotic and native animals. Ride the zoo train or camel, and watch the daily Giraffe, Polar Bear, Seal and Sea Lion, and Crocodile feedings just to name a few. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Admission is charged.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is a continually-evolving display of art, artifacts and photographs depicting the richness of New Mexico culture. Since they change the exhibits frequently, theres always something new to see. The museum also offers special tours of Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, an Old Town walking tour, and a docent-guided tour of the outdoor sculpture garden. Click for admission details.
Albuquerque Natural History Museum
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a natural history and science museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico near Old Town Albuquerque. The Museum was founded in 1986.The Museum's permanent exhibit halls illustrate a "journey through time", covering the birth of the Universe(13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age(10,000 years ago). The eight journey through time halls are as follows: Origins, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Jurassic Super Giants, New Mexico's Seacoast, Age of Volcanoes, Evolving Grasslands, Cave Experience, and New Mexico's Ice Age. Hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm Everyday (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Click here for Admission Details.
Rio Grande Nature Center
The Rio Grande Nature Center is a non-profit organization that supports the Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems, and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. 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.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
North America's largest pow wow and Native American competition featuring Indian singing and dancing with more than 3,000 participants, isles of shopping, and native foods and music. The event will be held at the UNM Arena and lasts all day and night Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th. http://www.gatheringofnations.com/
Albuquerque Renaissance Fair
Join the City of Albuquerque and the Society for Creative Anachronism for the Albuquerque Renaissance Faire! Enjoy food, music, archery, fencing, arts, and activities all recreated from the Middle Ages.
26th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival
The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games brings to New Mexico a celebration of the lifeways, traditions, cultural heritage and contributions of the Celtic nations to our American life. The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games assembles an ever shifting kaleidoscope of Celtic song, dance, traditional clothing, foods, language revival, stories, poetry, humor, history, traditional and Celtic inspired music from the famous Highland war pipes to incomparable delicacy of the harp highland games, and other Celtic sports such as rugby, hurling and Gaelic football, to New Mexico.
Albuquerque Wine Festival
Bringing together wineries from around the state, food, arts and crafts vendors, and live music in a relaxed setting, the Albuquerque Wine Festival is the place to be Memorial weekend! Find the wines you like through sampling, purchase a glass to enjoy on site and buy bottles to take home to enjoy later. The New Mexico Wine Growers Association (NMWGA) will be hosting the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park again on Memorial Day Weekend. The annual event will showcase a wide variety of award-winning New Mexico wines in a relaxed, park-like setting with live music, international food and crafts vendors.