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Things to do in Albuquerque

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Albuquerque. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Albuquerque attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Albuquerque to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Albuquerque.

  • Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

    The building adjoins the grounds of the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta More
  • Casa Rondena

    Known for its reds, Casa Rondena is an award-winning winery and one of the oldest in New Mexico; its Meritage Red—a fruity blend of Merlot and Cabe... More
  • El Malpais National Monument

    Evoking the South Dakota Badlands, this New Mexico preserve has a stark, austere beauty. This park’s rugged volcanic terrain means there are few ac... More
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center

    The largest Latino cultural center in the country. More
  • Rainbow Ryders

    Take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders, whose tours traverse the Rio Grande and then soar high above the city and cloud-scr... More
  • Richardson's Trading Company

    This famous trading post sells kachina dolls, Zuni pottery, and turquoise jewelry. More
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

    Drop by the visitor center for a map; then visit the three different ruin sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira—that contain remains of 17th-century ... More
  • Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    The tram ascends a 10,350-foot Sandia Mountain peak for breathtaking views over the city. More
  • Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum

    Visit the museum for its Acoma tribal art and history exhibits. Then take a guided tour to the mesa-top pueblo, which has been inhabited continuous... More
  • Tamaya Mist Spa

    Set in the Rio Grande Valley north of Albuquerque, the lavish spa is an opulent desert oasis. More
  • The Ice Caves

    What Lies Beneath: In the New Mexico Badlands, a path carved by lava leads visitors from the Bandera Volcano to a cave where temperatures never rea... More
  • Tinkertown Museum

    View the fascinating assemblage of folk art—including an entire city of carved wooden miniatures. More

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