Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage Blog! We want to give you some ideas of what to do during your next trip to Albuquerque or new things in Albuquerque for you to try. Albuquerque, New Mexico is a city filled with history and excitement. From old to new locations there is no shortage of things to do and see in Albuquerque. The history of this city is believed to have begun over 12,000 years ago with Paleo-Indian hunter-gathers.
Officially founded in 1706 the history to see and walk on is endless here. Since 2,000 B.C. the Rio Grande Valley has been cultivated and populated with the Pueblo people who were highly advanced in ceramics and masonry, which are still very present in today’s culture. Although a more high-tech city today the history goes on forever.
Here we have listed a few fun things for you to do in Albuquerque:
1. Old Town Plaza
With Native American and Spanish cultures shaping this area the Old Town Plaza is the origin of Albuquerque. Cobblestone streets, original adobe homes, and now restaurants that line the streets you can enjoy Old Town for a few hours before heading off to your next adventure.
2. International Balloon Fiesta (October 6-14, 2018)
If you’ve ever wanted to go in a hot air balloon Albuquerque is the place to do it. With the dry climate it is ideal to go hot air ballooning here, especially during the first week of October when thousands come to Albuquerque’s festival. If you attend you will witness the mass launch of over 600 balloons flying before sunrise, illuminated in the sky. With morning and evening events your tickets will buy you a one-day pass. The park opens at 4:30am for morning festivities and again at 3:00pm for evening festivities.
3. ABQ BioPark
Right on the Rio Grande River the BioPark houses an aquarium, botanical garden, a zoo, and Tingley Beach. These places will certainly keep the kiddos in line and interested! From a 285,000-gallon shark tank, to 200+ species at the zoo, a 36-foot acre botanical garden, and a beach park to hike, bike, and run – there is endless fun in the BioPark.
4. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The culture of the indigenous Pueblo tribes is preserved at this cultural center. A facility of art and history is educational with workshops, lectures, and hosts fun events. Look on the centers website to see when dancers will be performing, and if you want true southwest souvenirs this is the place to get them!
5. Sandia Peak Tramway
If you’re looking for extremely fun things to do in Albuquerque this is one of them! Climbing almost 3 miles in a cable car you receive amazing views of Albuquerque. Once at the top of Sandia Peak – which is over 10,000 feet high – you can see the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. With clear skies you can see over 11,000 square miles with excellent hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
6. Paseo del Bosque Trail
If you want to get around the city without traffic Paseo del Bosque Trail is one of the best ways to do so. A 16-mile trail for walking or biking follows the Rio Grande River. With local artists and wildlife walking all around this is a great way to enjoy nature and the city. Be warned that on the weekends it can often get crowded, but if it’s too crowded or you get hungry you can easily veer off to Central Ave for a good meal.
7. KiMo Theatre
A Pueblo Deco picture palace opened in 1927 this theatre is home to a variety of performances. From movies, concerts, theatre shows and more. If you wish to view the theatre you can do so during office hours from Tuesday thru Saturday. If you click the link to the website, you can see when events are taking place and when free tours of the theatre are held. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed by this theatre’s beauty!
8. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Hidden beneath the desert wildlife of Albuquerque are over 100 known caves formed from sulfuric acid that dissolved surrounding limestone which created caves of all different sizes. You have the option of using the natural entrance or the elevator. If you are able to walk the natural entrance, we highly recommend it.
9. Downtown Ghost Walk
Over a mile of visiting Albuquerque’s dark side this falls high in things to do in Albuquerque. Visiting historic – reportedly haunted – sites downtown such as the KiMo Theatre, Wool Warehouse, and even “Hell’s Half Acre” the former red-light district. For only $5 this is a fun event for you and everyone in your party!
10. San Felipe de Neri Church
The first chapel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The early Spanish settlers of this area were extremely religious. Although it has been remodeled a few times the original adobe structure is still intact today. If you want a good piece of history from Albuquerque this is one of your best bets to get true history here.
There are a ton of things to do in Albuquerque and we’ve only listed 10! Feel free to visit Albuquerque’s websiteto see what else is offered to you on your trip or for more fun things to do. Contact uswith any questions you may have regarding Albuquerque!