Local and area attractions abound! Probably one of the biggest is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This special event, held every year in October, (for more than 40 years!) celebrates ballooning by letting hundreds of balloons float off into the bright New Mexico sky. The 600+ balloon event is the largest ballooning happening on earth and the biggest international event held in the US!
The 78-acre launch field is the size of 54 football fields put together. When those balloons launch, it is truly an inspiring sight! Stay at the American RV Resort for the Fiesta!
Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. The Sky City Cultural Center provides a look into our heritage through a variety of activities and exhibits. Take a guided tour of the ancient pueblo village atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff.
The ABQ BioPark Aquarium takes visitors on a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh water riverine, estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean, and deep ocean species are represented along the way. Other highlights include an eel tunnel, seahorses, luminous jellies, and a 285,000-gallon ocean tank where brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks swim alongside brilliantly colored reef fish, eels, sea turtles, and open ocean species.
Founded in 1927 on 64 acres next to the Rio Grande, the ABQ BioPark Zoo offers visitors close encounters with more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Popular species include seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, koalas, Mexican wolves, monkeys, jaguars, Komodo dragons, and zebras.
Experience the art of the Southwest, the history of Albuquerque and diverse traveling exhibitions in the newly expanded museum. The museum’s permanent art collection of works by contemporary and historical regional artists includes major paintings by the Taos Society of Artists. Outside the museum, visitors can stroll through the sculpture garden filled with more than fifty works of art. Early maps, armor, weavings, and domestic artifacts highlight more than 400 years of Rio Grande Valley history.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a 59,000-square foot museum facility designed to house creative and technological exhibits focused on a wide variety of ballooning experiences.
New Mexico, and Albuquerque in particular, has long been a center of ballooning activity beginning with the Park Van Tassel balloon ascension in 1882. Nearly 750 hot air balloons participate each year in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, reported to be the world’s most widely photographed spectator events.
Travel back in time at Casa San Ysidro. This partially reconstructed 19th century home located in the Village of Corrales is an important link to the history of New Mexico. Inside the adobe walls you’ll find Spanish Colonial furniture, authentic hand-woven floor coverings, hand forged iron tools, and an authentic loom mad in the late 1700s.
Coronado State Monument is where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, with 300 soldiers and 800 Indian allies from New Spain, entered the valley while looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Instead he found villages inhabited by prosperous native people. Coronado’s party camped near the Tiwa pueblo of Kuaua, one of the many villages encountered by the explores. Both the kiva and one of the mural layers are reconstructed and open to visitors, while several of the preserved mural segments are open to viewing in the mural room of the visitor center.
The mission of this center is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
See a variety of theatrical performances, movies, concerts, and more. The iconic KiMo Theatre features a unique venue for quality entertainment in downtown Albuquerque.
Reflecting a broad mission that encompasses the entire history of humankind, the museum’s collections are worldwide in scope, with extensive holdings from throughout North, South, and Central America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. With its primary emphasis on the Southwest, the Maxwell is world-renowned for its holdings from this region. The Maxwell offers to visitors an opportunity to experience the richness of human life in all their diverse expressions, providing a setting for both education and enjoyment unique in our state.
Trips from Belen to Santa Fe run daily. Check their website for schedule and prices.
The museum seeks to foster an understanding and appreciation of the diverse natural history and physical sciences of New Mexico and the Southwest for the benefit of residents of, and visitors to, New Mexico. The museum provides education experiences and promotes scientific inquiry though focused collections, research, public programs, and exhibitions.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and an intriguing place to learn the story of the atomic age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The museum is a Smithsonian affiliate.
The original town, named after the Duke of Albuquerque, was founded in 1706. Shops, dining, history, and staged shoot-outs near the plaza all await you in Old Town.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North American featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic boulders by American Indians and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. The monument was established in 1990 to protect the volcanoes, the petroglyphs, and related archeological sites on Albuquerque’s West Mesa.
Located in the bosque, or cottonwood forest, and by the wetland bordering the Rio Grande, the Nature Center is the focus of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. A refuge from Albuquerque city life, the park offers opportunities to experience 270 acres of woods, meadows and farmland flourishing with native grasses, wildflowers, willows, and cottonwoods.
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain for 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s 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.
This is located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road.
Back roads often lead to great discoveries. Venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, and you’ll see what we mean. The scenic and historic area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Enjoy a breathtaking view from atop Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants.
The Unser Racing Museum is a multi-dimensional museum experience utilizing modern technologies to educate and immerse the visitor in the exciting world of racing. Take a guided tour and discover the Unser family history, then explore on your own, seeing, and interacting with racing history as it happened.
The museum spans the early days of racing from Pikes Peak and Indianapolis to the latest technology, including a racing simulator that puts you in the driver’s seat, and interactive kiosks for young and old to learn more about racing in a fun, educational environment.