Things to Do in Albuquerque

Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

The museum inspires a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage their visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

Botanical Garden at ABQ Biopark

Explore over one and a half miles of paths through formal and whimsical gardens designed to delight your senses. Exhibits include Mediterranean and Desert Conservatories, 1920’s farm, Japanese and formal gardens.

Coronado Historic Site

Coronado State Monument includes the partially reconstructed ruins of the ancient Pueblo of Kuaua. The pueblo of Kuaua was occupied from 1300 AD and abandoned near the end of the 16th Century. Today you can visit this historical site and le

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Enjoy the interactive permanent and rotating exhibits, meet artists selling their handcrafted works, conduct research in our Library & Archives, and experience a cultural dance program—a truly unique educational opportunity.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early development and the Cold War to today’s peaceful uses. The permanent displays and changing special exhibits present history, science applications, and future developments of nuclear energy. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by this important part of New Mexico’s history.

New Mexico Steam Locomotive

Experience the legendary Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, (1944) steam locomotive (AT&SF) No. 2926 as it nears restoration completion. Watch the drama unfold as skilled volunteers perform various tasks (welding, pipe-fitting, and more!).  Learn about NM rail history in the big steam era, the society’s 20-year project history & future plans.

New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial

The New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial is a special place – paying tribute to veterans from the past, honoring those who currently serve our country, and inspiring future service men and women. The City of Albuquerque built the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial with open space, landscapes, sculptures, museum and meeting space to celebrate our loved ones who have sacrificed to make our country and the world a better place.

Rattlesnake Museum

The Rattlesnake Museum is an exciting and educational experience for the entire family.  This animal conservation museum reveals the hundreds of ways that rattlesnakes and other “less desirable” animals have influenced our lives.  Examples are given through artifacts, memorabilia, and the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world.

Sandia Peak Tramway

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain. See nature’s dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the “Land of Enchantment”. And after your tram ride, stop by Sandiago’s Grill for a delicious meal and drink.”

Train Ride into Santa Fe

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express zips though ancient Pueblo lands with stunning scenic views and connects to historic Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. The Rail Runner, painted to mimic the state bird, the roadrunner, speeds through time as well as landscape. The scenery between Albuquerque and Santa Fe hasn’t changed much since Don Pedro de Peralta marched his army north along the Rio Grande and founded Santa Fe 400 years ago. The imposing peaks and buttes of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains offer stunning quintessential New Mexico scenery.