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7 Must-Visit Places in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a great city to visit. It is a city filled with culture, libraries, parks, and more. For visitors, there are so many things that could bring you to Albuquerque. Whether it is visiting friends or family, business purposes, or just to take a trip, Albuquerque boasts many things to do that will keep any person entertained.

If you are looking for things to do while visiting (or living in) Albuquerque, look no further.

Here are the 7 places you must visit while in Albuquerque:

1. ABQ BioPark Zoo ABQ BioPark Zoo

Albuquerque’s Zoo “has been offering guests close encounters with exotic and native animals since 1927.” It is a 64-acre zoo. There is a train you can ride around the zoo. You can watch a world animal encounters show, or participate in story time. You can meet and touch alpacas, llamas, and porcupines. While at the zoo, you can watch the animal feedings (they even provide a schedule on their website so you know when the feedings are). You can watch feedings of lorikeets, giraffes, seals and sea lions, and even polar bears and crocodiles.

2. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is one of Albuquerque’s top attractions. They have cultural and historical artifacts and works of art from ancient times to post-modern. While in Albuquerque, you must plan a visit to the museum. They have one of the widest ranges of art in New Mexico. They have exhibits highlighting art and technology, the Rio Grande Valley, and more, and they have upcoming exhibits for Japanese and African American art. They have free admission from 5 pm – 8:30 pm on the third Thursday of every month.

3. BioPark AquariumABQ BioPark Aquarium

Albuquerque’s ABQ BioPark Aquarium is a thrilling aquarium located right next to the Rio Grande. They have a Gulf of Mexico saltwater series which has ocean life from a variety of habitats (surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean, & deep ocean). They also have a 285,000 gallon shark tank with a 38-foot wide viewing window.

4. Botanical GardenAlbuquerque Botanical Gardens

Albuquerque has a botanical garden that is located right next to the aquarium. It has “over one and a half miles of paths through formal and whimsical gardens designed to delight your senses.” Some features of the botanical garden (from their website):

  • 10,000 square-foot glass conservatory
  • 10-acre Heritage Farm
  • PNM Butterfly Pavilion
  • Japanese Garden
  • Model train display
  • Whimsical Children’s Fantasy Garden (with a huge friendly dragon, “castle,” and moat. It is set up like a giant garden, so the children can ride ants, walk through carrots, play inside a pumpkin, and climb a potato).

5. Isotopes ParkIsotopes Park

Albuquerque has a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers named the Isotopes. They play in Isotopes Park, which has a 13,279 seating capacity and “is considered one of the finest facilities in baseball, incorporating state-of-the-art amenities with traditional charm and intimacy.” It has been annually recognized as one of the best facilities in college sports (the University of Mexico’s baseball team also plays there).

6. Tingley BeachTingley Beach

Tingley Beach is a great outdoor fun area. It has three fishing ponds, a model boat pond, a train station, and paddle boat and bicycle rentals. While at Tingley Beach you can fish for free in their stocked fishing holes (fishing license required), or you can cruise your remote controlled boat, feed ducks and geese, walk their new Fitness Trail, or just relax on the grass and enjoy the water.

7. Parks, Biking Trails, Golf Course, Swimming Poolstwin warriors golf club

Albuquerque is a great place to be if you enjoy the outdoors. They have numerous parks, bike paths, golf courses, and hiking trails. They have over 400 miles of bike paths and trails, and they are working to create even more. They even have several bike clubs, groups, & events.

Albuquerque’s golf courses are open every day of the year (weather permitting). They were voted to have the best golf teachers in New Mexico by Golf Digest.

Albuquerque has 7 public outdoor pools, and 5 indoor pools so you can enjoy swimming year round.

Nicole is a guest writer for Barcelona Suites Albuquerque. They are one of the top albuquerque hotels.

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