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Things to do in Albuquerque

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cable Car
“First time in Albuquerque? Don't miss this! It takes you to the top of the mountain. Go at sunset for absolutely breathtaking views!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Zoo
“Located next to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the 64-acre Zoo has been offering guests close encounters with exotic and native animals since 1927”
  • 78 locals recommend
Museum
“More than 10,000 works of art with a focus on art of the American Southwest and its influences. Free admission on Sunday mornings from 9 AM until 1 PM (excludes special exhibits). Visit on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5 - 8 PM for free museum admission and tapas style dining at Slate at the Museum. 6 minute drive, 40 minute walk”
  • 84 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Old Town is the historic original town site of Albuquerque laid out by Spanish colonists in the 1700s. Learn about the shops, restaurants and seasonal events at: www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/”
  • 92 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Right down the street, an Award-winning brewery with multi-level, dog-friendly patios and food trucks galore! Outdoor patio features local live music. Johnny's Favorite: Marble Pilsner; Aja's Favorite: Marble Red; Favorite Food Truck: Don Choche (get the barbacoa, trust us). 3 minute drive; 10 minute walk; 5 minute bike ride; $6 uber/lyft”
  • 92 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This is like the Castro of Albuquerque. Lots of fun local shops, bars, and eats!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Casino
“Want to enjoy some nightlife and casinos? Sandia Casino is a great way to try your luck!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Science Museum
“ The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science preserves and interprets the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through our extraordinary collections, research, exhibits and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Explora is a science center that employs a hands-on, inquiry-based learning approach to science, math and art. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Located adjacent to the Rio Grande the nature center is a 38-acre urban wildlife preserve. The park offers excellent bird watching opportunities throughout the year. There is a visitor's center along with wildlife viewing areas overlooking ponds and trail access to the Rio Grande. www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/riograndenaturecenterstatepark.html”
  • 70 locals recommend
History Museum
“Museum and cultural center created as the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Hosts traditional Native American dances every weekend year round. Also has a full-service restaurant and bakery known for its extraordinary Native American Cuisine - Pueblo Harvest. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Fancier New Mexican restaurant with a beautiful patio and ambiance. Tourists really like this one!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today Old Town is the city's cultural center, with seven museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Their cinnamon rolls are unique, huge, and to die for. Order one and try it. This is a place I take first timers. You can also buy ones that are frozen to take home, but you have to buy a tray of them to do this. You can also go to Golden Pride Drive up for the same menu.”
  • 61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“For those interested in fresh, local products and a “farm to table” approach, this is a must try for breakfast and lunch. Not the cheapest breakfast, but a great quality establishment.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Sightseeing, shopping, and food all in one. Pro tip: Park on the road at Tiguex Park for free! Don't pay for Old Town Parking!”
  • 60 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“Want to enjoy some nightlife and casinos? Sandia Casino is a great way to try your luck!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Fancier New Mexican restaurant with a beautiful patio and ambiance. Tourists really like this one!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Their cinnamon rolls are unique, huge, and to die for. Order one and try it. This is a place I take first timers. You can also buy ones that are frozen to take home, but you have to buy a tray of them to do this. You can also go to Golden Pride Drive up for the same menu.”
  • 61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“For those interested in fresh, local products and a “farm to table” approach, this is a must try for breakfast and lunch. Not the cheapest breakfast, but a great quality establishment.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Salad Place
“Design-your-own salads, plus soup & sandwiches, served in a modern, colorful space with a wine bar.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great modern eatery with amazing menu. They have some of the best oven fired pizza in town, with gluten free options. Have a drink, try the chopped salad, and the carne pizza, and finish it off with their famous budino dessert. A local favorite!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Delicious New Mexican and Mexican food. Try the red chile, green chile, or both (Christmas), and make sure and get the sopapaillas! Johnny's favorite: Red Enchiladas; Aja's favorite: Creamy Chicken Enchilada Plate. 6 minute drive; 27 minute walk”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Hipster arcade bar on Route 66 with the largest beer tap selection in the city. Open for brunch on Sundays and two dollar tacos on Tuesdays. Johnny's favorite: anything on the menu; Aja's favorite: Brisket Taco. 6 minute drive, 31 minute walk, 10 minute bike ride, $5 uber/lyft”
  • 40 locals recommend

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