Thanks to Bugs, “I should have left in Al-Bukirki” is the name of Al-Baqur. But more and more, Duke City is being recognized for its uniqueness apart from pop culture – an incredibly diverse, large city that offers wonderful places to stay as well as great holidays. There are so many types it’s hard to say. Our Native American History, Geology, and National Laboratories make first-class museums that will get bored most easily (where can we find Spanish weapons and atomic bombs in one place?). Outdoor fans are thrilled to see our mountains biking, running and climbing, and even skiing. Families have no problem finding something to please everyone, especially at the Rio Grande Zoo and BioPark. Here’s what to look for and tactics to help ease the way.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque Balloon Museum celebrates the history and future of the balloon at Balloon Festa, for which Albuquerque is best known. Past patterns of ballooning are shown through recent world record-breaking attempts. Interactive activities explain the science and art of balloons, including balloon flight simulators. Enjoy numerous art and photography exhibitions. There are movie nights and story times for kids. The museum offers a variety of entertainment programs throughout the year for children, adults and seniors.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseAlbuquerque is known as the bubble capital of the world, and the museum reflects the fascinating history of light-air flight and its importance in modern times.
Steve’s expert adviceLocated in the launch field of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s a great place to watch after all the balloons have flown.
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Just beyond the Albuquerque Museum, Explora !, is an interactive, science-based children’s museum for kids of all ages. Learn about water dynamics, aviation, electronics, robots, physics and light through various interactive exhibits that adults will enjoy just like children.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities Because: This hands-on education museum will impress children of all ages. Parents probably enjoy it the most.
Steve’s expert advice: Sign up for free classes in robotics and computer programming.
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If you would like to take a part-time trip, visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain Road NW, 505-841-2800). The newly updated museum is proud of a new permanent startup! Bookkeeping and the Personal Computer Revolution. Albuquerque was the site where the first personal computer, the Altier 8800, was built and sold. It attracted a young Bill Gates and Paul Allen to Albuquerque, who worked there before moving to Seattle and starting a small company called Microsoft. Of course, the museum goes from bytes to bones and presents all aspects of New Mexico’s natural history, including the large dinosaur skeletons that roamed here.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseFrom dinosaurs roaming in New Mexico to Albuquerque’s role in the development of the computer age, this museum will enchant all members of the family.
Steve’s expert advice: See what’s going on in the IMAX Theater. Children will love the center of nature.
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Head to the International Retail Snack Museum in Old Town (www.rattlesnakes.com, 202 San Felipe). The museum is a herpetologist’s dream, including our often misunderstood retail snakes as well as other reptiles around the world, which are close and personal to well-designed homes from your nose to inch to inch. ۔ The purpose of the staff is to inform their guests about these important creatures.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseFar from a trick, this museum is the dream of a herpetologist and it shows a variety of reptiles and amphibian species with educational, respect.
Steve’s expert advice: If time permits, the staff is more than happy to take some non-toxic residents out of their homes for you.
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Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
The museum sheds light on the history of nuclear energy, from its discovery to the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos and the peaceful use of nuclear weapons to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, such as nuclear medicine. A B-52 bomber and other aircraft are on the ground.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities Because: The best museum showing the importance of nuclear energy for the development of Albuquerque for both military and peaceful purposes.
Steve’s expert advice: Don’t leave Missile Park outside.
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More than 1,000 animals call the Rio Grande Zoo home, including the cheetah, siamang, elephant, seal, gator, many primates and koalas. All kinds of snakes, frogs, tarantulas and birds live in reptiles and amphibian house and tropical America buildings. From April to September, the zoo offers special programs for both children and adults, including lectures, animal shows, craft workshops, storytelling, and summer concert series. For a full day of sightseeing, visit the zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens, all located in the Albuquerque Biological Park. There are plenty of gift shops and food vendors throughout the park. It should be noted that according to City of Albuquerque law, smoking is prohibited on zoo, aquarium and botanical garden properties.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseThe award-winning zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, from Mexican gray wolves to its latest inhabitants, the baby elephant Jazmin.
Steve’s expert advice: Check out special concerts and other family events, such as the October Zoo.
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Check out traces of Albuquerque’s past at the Petroglyphic National Monument on the west coast of Albuquerque, where thousands of years ago Native Americans carefully carved thousands of images into the rocks, the meaning of which only they knew. The Petroglyphic National Monument, jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, covers 7,236 acres, 17 miles from Albuquerque’s West Scorpion. About 150,000 years ago, lava came out of a huge crack here, which covered the landscape like a prehistoric parking lot. Over time, cooling and erosion broke the hard lava. In many areas, once frozen waves of hot lava can be seen in the rock fragments, which look like battered cakes. A National Park Service Visitor Center and bookstore is located away from Unser Boulevard, but otherwise the open space spread is undeveloped, but interspersed with Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon and a few advanced trails on the volcanic trails. In addition to the signs and facilities. Otherwise, a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, silence and loneliness are yours. (6001 Unser Blvd. NW, 505-899-0205, www.nps.gov/petr)
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities Because: This beautiful, peaceful, sacred landscape is just minutes away from the city, and is still an important destination for Native Americans in New Mexico. Please come with respect.
Steve’s expert advice: Sunset walks great, but make sure you don’t get lost, keep a flashlight and keep your eyes out for retail snakes, even though the view is rare.
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One of the best places to explore Albuquerque is at Albuquerque Museum History (2000 Mountain Road NW, 505-243-7255, www.cabq.gov/museum/). In addition to highlighting Duke City’s history from Spanish contact before the Civil War, a permanent collection of art replaces classic works of the Enlightenment, such as Georgia O Caf, as well as exhibitions related to New Mexico.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseThe best way to learn about Albuquerque’s past, from its first Native American inhabitants to New Mexico’s artistic heritage.
Steve’s expert advice: Check out the current exhibits, and make sure to visit the Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Kids will love the interactive children’s area below.
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Albuquerque Biopark collectively has a zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens attached to the river line, a narrow gauge railroad that travels between facilities. The Albuquerque Zoo is awarded for its natural designs, and the aquarium has a 285,000 gallon marine aquarium where sharks and sea turtles pass by past spectators (www.cabq.gov/biopark).
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities Because: The best exhibits show the Rio Grande ecosystem, as well as impressive marine specimens from off-land New Mexico.
Steve’s expert advice: Have lunch at Shark Reef Cafe and watch the sea turtles, sharks and barracudas crawl while eating.
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The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest air tram in the world at 2.6 miles. The 20-minute journey takes you past the Sandia Wilderness and overlooks the New Mexico Eagle Horizon. Above, dine at a hike, snow show, ski, high finance restaurant, or just watch the incredible scene.
Recommended for Top Attractions and Activities BecauseThis is a great way to appreciate both Albuquerque City and Sandia Wilderness, and an adventure the whole family can enjoy.
Steve’s expert advice: Take your travel time to catch the sunset from 10,000 feet. Be sure to wear a jacket even in summer.
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