Albuquerque, in the heart of beautiful New Mexico, has so much to see and do. There are loads of things to love about it. Here are just 7 things I love to do in Albuquerque.
Eat at the Food Trucks
We always have an incredible time eating in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is fantastic. I recently did a food post on The Best Things I Ate in Albuquerque. I didn’t mention the food trucks.
Food trucks have become a big deal across the US. Albuquerque is no exception to this rule. A good place to start your food truck experience is Civic Plaza on a Tuesday. Some of the city’s best food trucks congregate there to offer a wide range of delicious lunchtime dining options.
My favorite – Cheesy Street. Who doesn’t love cheese, right? Try their Green Chile and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a bowl of Basil Tomato Soup. Yum! Talk about comfort food!
Wander the Old Town
A part of Albuquerque that has to be visited is the historic Old Town Center. Founded in 1706, and home to the oldest building in the city (the San Felipe de Neri Church, dating from 1793), the historic old town is a hub of shops, restaurants, and museums, housed in beautiful old adobe buildings.
There’s a lot to see and do in Old Town (there are over 100 shops, galleries, and restaurants.) You’ll want to allocate enough time to be sure to see everything you want. I suggest you not miss the Rattlesnake Museum, the Candy Lady’s store, and the beautiful photos at the Albuquerque Photographers Gallery.
Attend a Festival
Whenever you visit Albuquerque you are fairly likely to find some kind of festival going on. ABQ is nuts about festivals. We’ve attended a whole range of festivals, including the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival, The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Festival, and, of course, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Check out the official city events page for information.
Seek Out the Public Art
The City of Albuquerque’s Public Art Program is one of the oldest in the country. There is a lot of public art on display in Albuquerque. It ranges from giant wall murals to statues, and it’s hard to walk for more than five minutes in downtown Albuquerque without finding something.
Download the ABQ Public Art App from iTunes or Google Play which will lead you to all the public art installations across the city. The app is free.
Visit the Dinosaurs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History
New Mexico is a dinosaur treasure trove, with multiple fossil finds from all around the state. So it makes sense that the Natural History museum has some excellent dinosaur exhibits. It’s more than just dinosaurs though. We went on a journey through a volcano, experienced time travel, and learned about computers. The staff is very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. The museum is great for all ages.
Feel Cultured at the Albuquerque Museum
Near the Natural History Museum is the Albuquerque Museum, which focuses on the history, art, and culture of Albuquerque from its Native American roots, through to the Spanish settlers. The information is well presented and is an awesome learning opportunity.
Learn about Native American Culture at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
There are 19 Pueblos in New Mexico. The term “pueblo” means “village” in Spanish. A pueblo is basically a Native American community which has its own culture, tradition, and art, and it’s usually based on a specific location. The native New Mexican people weren’t nomadic tribes.
Some of these pueblos are open for visiting, including the Taos Pueblo and the Acoma Sky City Pueblo – two experiences I highly recommend. In Albuquerque, you can get a great introduction to the Pueblo history, culture, and art by visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
While at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center eat at the Pueblo Harvest Café. It is a full-service restaurant and bakery known for its extraordinary New Native American Cuisine. It incorporates traditional Pueblo flavors into contemporary cooking.
These are 7 of the things I love to do in Albuquerque. What do you love to do?