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New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Home to the Lodestar Astronomy Center with its own interesting lineup of programs, this innovative and “hands-on” educational museum features an active volcano, an ice-age cave, dinosaurs, a time machine, and the larger-than-life Dynamax Theater.
Rio Grande Nature Center
2901 Candelaria NW
Situated on the central Rio Grande flyway, this state park features a delightful nature center that is home to Canada geese, sandhill cranes, and various species of ducks and other waterfowl. A trail system along the river, classrooms, and an extensive library with viewing areas add to this valuable resource.
Rio Grande Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park
903 Tenth Street SW
This world-class institution features rocky outcrops, grassy meadows, towering cottonwoods, shimmering waterfalls, and tranquil pools that create an oasis for exotic and native species. Visitors can enjoy a close encounter with more than 1,000 animals of every shape and size, from seals and polar bears to wolves, elephants, simangs, cheetahs, and bison in theme exhibits like Africa.
Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway
10 Tramway Loop NE
Just minutes from the heart of Albuquerque, the world’s longest aerial tramway lifts you 2.7 miles to the breathtaking top of Sandia Peak. Attractions include a ski area filled with exciting runs, fine dining, and scenic adventures like summer mountain biking.
Santa Fe Southern Railway
410 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe 505-989-8600
Toll Free 888-989-8600
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroads are legendary, so bring the family along to enjoy the ride on this 120-year-old spur from Santa Fe to Lamy through the scenic countryside on one of the daily trips, dinner rides, or special events.
11033 4th Street NW
Shady Lakes offers eight acres of ponds with blooming water lilies, recreational fishing, and beautiful cottonwoods in the North Valley. Rainbow trout, black bass, channel catfish, and bluegill fishing are available for a small fee.
Stone Age Climbing Gym
4201 Yale Avenue NE
The gym offers a wide variety of adventures just for the younger set to foster the talent of “natural climbers” and encourage the development of coordination, strength, and balance in ways that are entertaining and fun.
21 Sandia Crest Road
Sandia Park 505-281-5233
The entire family will be mystified at this amazing collection of bottles and memorabilia that fills 22 rooms. Unusual carvings and collections include a miniature Western village, a circus exhibit, and glass bottle house.
Wildlife West Nature Park
87 North Frontage Road
This 122-acre, hands-on environmental education center features plants and animals indigenous to the Southwest in natural habitats. The park is also a renewable energy project incorporating recycled building materials in its buildings and habitat constructions.
World Balloon Company
4800 Eubank NE
Toll Free 800-351-9588
New Mexico’s oldest and largest hot-air balloon company has been offering passenger rides in the City of Albuquerque for more than two decades.
New Mexico Festivals
Albuquerque’s rich and spirited blending of cultures and interests opens the door for a wealth of special events, festivals, and celebrations. From world-class ballooning in October to a nationwide powwow in April, you won’t want to miss one colorful moment. The Internet is a good way to stay up to date, since the whirlwind of fairs, fiestas, sporting events, and activities are constantly in motion.
Calendars & Information
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Mexico Department of Tourism
Major Regional Festivals
Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta
Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club Show
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Cinco de Mayo
Corrales Harvest Festival
EXPO New Mexico & State Fair
Festival Flamenco Internacional
University of New Mexico
Flicks on 66 Film Festival
Freedom 4th & Music Fest
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
La Luz Trail Run
New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair
New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals
Santa Fe Indian Market
Twinkle Light Parade