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Albuquerque Tourist Attractions

The city of Albuquerque lies on the Rio Grande, surrounded by the Sandia Hills. The climate is dry, with hot summers and cold winters. A quarter of the total population of New Mexico live in the city, on which Indians, Spaniards and Anglo-Americans have all left their mark. Albuquerque has long been an important commercial town and traffic hub. It is an important center of research and development, with many institutes and laboratories (including nuclear research), as well as the University of New Mexico.
The Spanish colonial settlement of Albuquerque, situated on the trade route between Santa Fe and Mexico City, was founded in 1706 and soon developed into a considerable town. The Stars and Stripes were hoisted over the town in 1846 by General Stephen Kearny when he established a military post here. A boost was given to the town when the railway reached it in 1880. A new town was established which soon outstripped and incorporated the old Spanish colonial settlement.

Old Town

The Old Town of Albuquerque is where many of the city's old Spanish colonial buildings can be found, including the 1706 San Felipe de Neri.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Albuquerque and the sport of hot air ballooning are so closely associated that there couldn't be a better place for a ballooning museum. The International Balloon Museum completes the scene. It is dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport, and spectacle of ballooning. Visitors will learn about not only the process but also the achievements that have been made in this field. There are literally all kinds of items on display, from stamps and postcards to jewelry and other decorative arts.
The museum building was designed to handle creative and technological exhibits. Ballooning events can be viewed from the roof decks, balconies and a large plaza. Throughout the year the Ballooning Museum features various events and activities which are open to the public.
Official site:
Address: 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, United States

Albuquerque International Sunport

Albuquerque International Sunport is the name of the city's airport, which employs 2,500 people and handles more than 6 million passengers each year. The airport, known as ABQ, has four runways and is served by nine major carriers, of which Southwest Airlines is the largest.
Official site:
Address: City of Albuquerque Aviation Department, Box 9948, Albuquerque, NM 87119-1048, United States

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center gives an informative picture of the history and culture of the Pueblo Indians. Visitors can watch as beautiful craft objects are produced by traditional techniques and can sample Indian cooking. On weekends there are performances of traditional Indian dances.
Groups can take a short guided tour if they book well in advance. For a more in depth look at the Pueblo culture, the center offers full day tours to the Puye Cliffs to see dwelling and the surrounding landscape. Tours are limited so check with the Cultural Center to see which days of the week they are offered.
Also of interest at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the Pueblo Harvast Café and Bakery, serving traditional native cuisine, and the Shumak'olo:wa Gifts, where visitors can purchase arts and crafts of the Pueblos.
Official site:
Address: 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-2397, United States

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is located on the east bank of the Rio Grande at Candelaria Road in Albuquerque, with exhibits on the ecology, geology, and history of the Rio Grande Valley.
Official site:
Address: 2901 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965, United States

Turquoise Museum

The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque has specimens from around the world. There are also exhibits on the history of turquoise mining.
Address: 2107 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1605, United States

Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute)

The Central New Mexico Community College (fomerly Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute) is New Mexico's largest community college with 20,000 students on four campuses.
Official site:
Address: 525 Buena Vista Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4096, United States

Tamarind Lithography Institute and Gallery

The Tamarind Lithography Institute and Gallery trains master printers, engages in teaching and research, and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. There are exhibitions on the history and methods of lithography.
Official site:
Address: 110 Cornell Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3562, United States

University of New Mexico

Ernie Pyle Home and Library

The home of World War Two correspondent Ernie Pyle is now a museum, with many of his personal effects on display.
Address: 900 Girard Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-2935, United States

Highland Swing Golf and Games

Highland Swing Golf and Games in Albuquerque is a theme park and miniature golf facility.
Address: 312 Adams Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108-2837, United States

Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque is the home to Air Force Materiel Command's Nuclear Weapons Center.
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South Broadway Cultural Center

The South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque has a library, performing arts facility and art gallery.
Official site:
Address: 1025 Broadway Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4400, United States

Rio Grande Yacht Club

The Rio Grande Yacht Club has a restaurant featuring a large seafood selection.
Address: 2500 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4274, United States

Albuquerque Biological Park

The Biological Park is a recreation area and tourist attraction, which contains the Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Zoo, and Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque Little Theatre

The Albuquerque Little Theatre was founded in 1930 on historic Route 66. Located in the same building since 1936, the theatre presents live productions.
Official site:
Address: 224 San Pasquale SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1133, United States

Beach Waterpark (closed)

The Beach Waterpark is now located in Mason, Ohio.
The Beach was a waterpark in Albuquerque, with seven slides and a wave pool.

Special Collections Library

The Special Collections Library at Edith and Central in Albuquerque has a series of illustrations by local artists. The building is in the Pueblo Revival style.

Rio Grande Boulevard

Rio Grande Boulevard in Albuquerque is a great place to shop.

Block Party

Block Party is a new amusement park opened in Albuquerque by Blockbuster Entertainment Group. Admission is free and patrons pay as they play. There are motion simulators and virtual reality experiences. The park is designed for adults rather than families particularly targeting young adults from 18 to 35. There is another site in Indianapolis.
Address: 4595 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2010, United States

Art Is OK Gallery and Sculpture Garden

The Art Is OK Gallery and Sculpture Garden has original and limited edition art and sculpture, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. All of the sculptures are one-of-a-kind.
Official site:
Address: 3301 Menaul Boulevard NE, #28, Albuquerque, NM 87107-1854, United States

Cliff's Amusement Park

Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque has 15 acres of family rides, water rides, roller coasters, bumper cars and arcades. Kiddeland is within the park, it is geared to children with pint-sized rides.
Official site:
Address: 4800 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-2314, United States

Tinkertown Museum

The Tinkertown Museum east of Albuquerque is housed in a building made from more than 50,000 glass bottles. The owner Ross Ward displays hundreds of miniature wood carvings and historical curiosities in the 22 room museum.
Official site:
Address: Box 303, Sandia Park, NM 87047-9305, United States

Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque

The Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque is made up of 32 professional musicians, who perform classical, youth and seniors concerts.
Address: 2730 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite H-23, Box 35081, Albuquerque, NM 87176-5081, United States

Dartmouth Street Gallery

The Dartmouth Street Gallery in Albuquerque has contemporary art by New Mexico artists.
Official site:
Address: 510 14th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States

Hinkle Family Fun Center

The Hinkle Family Fun Center in Albuquerque has laser tag, miniature golf, paintball, go-carts, bumper boats and arcades.
Address: 12931 Indian School NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112-4779, United States

New Mexico Art League

The New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque was established in 1929 as a non-profit organization of emerging and established local artists.
Address: 3407 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111-5121, United States

New Mexico Jazz Workshop

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop puts on major music events, concerts and a Jazz Camp for children.
Official site:
Address: 5500 Lomas Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0330, United States

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Albuquerque is the largest professional arts organization in New Mexico.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque was dedicated on August 21, 1971 and admitted students that September.


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