From museums to mountain biking, Albuquerque has something for everyone.



Thanks to Buggs “I should have made a left at Albuquirky” Bunny, a host of country songs, T.V. shows such as "In Plain Sight" and "Breaking Bad," our busy movie industry and more than a few episodes of “The Simpsons,” Albuquerque has name recognition. But more and more, the Duke City is being recognized beyond pop culture for what it is – an incredibly diverse, major city that offers wonderful vacations, as well as a wonderful place to live. Much of that quality of life are the many attractions and things to do here. Our Native American history, geology and national laboratories make for first-rate museums that will wow even the most easily bored (where else can to see Spanish armor and nuclear bombs in one place?). Outdoor enthusiasts rave about our mountains for biking, running and climbing, and even skiing. Families have no problem finding something to please everyone, especially at the Rio Grande Zoo and BioPark. Will all that there is to do here, here's a list of can't miss attractions that await you.




The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque Balloon Museum at the Balloon Fiesta grounds celebrates the history and future of ballooning, for which Albuquerque is so known. Artifacts from ballooning's past through recent world record breaking endeavors are...  Read More




Just across from the Albuquerque Museum is ¡Explora!, an interactive, science-based children's museum for kids of all ages. Learn about water dynamics, aviation, electronics, robots, physics and light through a variety of interactive exhibits...  Read More




If you like to time travel, visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain Road NW, 505-841-2800). The newly updated museum boasts a new permanent Start Up! Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution. Albuquerque...  Read More


American International Rattlesnake Museum


Slither over to the International Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town (www.rattlesnakes.com, 202 San Felipe). The museum is a herpetologist's dream, featuring our oft-misunderstood rattlesnakes, as well as other reptiles from around the world, all up...  Read More


National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
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The museum highlights the history of atomic energy, from its discovery to Los Alamos's Manhattan Project and atomic weapons to peaceful uses for atomic energy such as nuclear medicine. A B-52 bomber and other aircraft are displayed on the grounds.




More 1,000 animals call the Rio Grande Zoo home, including cheetahs, siamangs, elephants, seals, gators, many primates, and koalas. The reptile and amphibian house and the Tropical America buildings house all manner of snakes, frogs, tarantulas,...  Read More




Examine traces of Albuquerque's past at the Petroglyph National Monument on Albuquerque's West Side, where centuries ago Native Americans meticulously pecked thousands of images into the rocks, their meanings known only to them. Jointly managed...  Read More


Albuquerque Museum
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An excellent place for Albuquerque exploration is at the Albuquerque Museum History (2000 Mountain Road NW, 505-243-7255, www.cabq.gov/museum/). In addition to highlighting the Duke City's history from pre-Spanish contact through the Civil War,...  Read More




The Albuquerque Biopark is collectively a zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens linked together by the Rio Line, a narrow-gauge railroad that travels between the facilities. The Albuquerque zoo is award winning for its natural designs, and the...  Read More


Sandia Peak Tramway


Sandia Peak Tramway is the world's longest aerial tram at 2.6 miles. The 20-minute journey has you gliding above the Sandia Wilderness and affords eagle views of New Mexico to the horizon. At the top, hike, snowshoe, ski, have dinner at High...  Read More


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