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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
“Plan to eat either at the bottom (Santiagos) or the top (Ten 3). If weather permits, the outside deck at Santiagos at sunset is really nice. Bring a jacket because it's cold at the top. Numerous hiking trails at the top to walk on so wear appropriate shoes if you plan to hike. When entering tram get all the way to one side so you can see the views (especially with little ones).”
  • 199 locals recommend
Zoo
“Come check out our well put together Zoo. The aquarium tunnel is pretty cool. ”
  • 79 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; 11 minute bike ride”
  • 83 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/”
  • 91 locals recommend
Brewery
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“It is hard to pick any one brewery to recommend as there are so many award-winning ones. Marble frequently has live music on an outdoor stage and a great vibe. As with most breweries, there are food trucks outside.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Funky area of town with cool shops to walk through. Great place to stroll and people watch. Kelly's brew pub has outdoor seating. Funky stores, interesting restaurants and artsy people makes for a fun time. The Co OP is a great health food market and there is a great spice/tea shop around the corner.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Casino
“On the north end of Albuquerque, this great looking casino has fine dining, a bar with live band and of course...gambling. Oh...and golf!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A must visit if you have kids. Has a planetarium as well. Great gift shop. Near other museums. Check out First Friday Fractal show if you are here - this is spectacular.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Hands on science museum for kids of all ages. Check their events for the day. Pack snacks and lunch to eat outside near the playground. Go up the cool elevator to the end floor. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Walk, run, bike or hike over 30 miles of trails up and down the Rio Grande river. See the unique cottonwood forest.”
  • 72 locals recommend
History Museum
“Learn about the 19 tribes of New Mexico! Fascinating place and their restaurant has Native food.”
  • 58 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
“Visit the original site of downtown Albuquerque, centuries old. There are frequent performances of music and dance on the main plaza. Too many good restaurants there to list and plenty of art galleries, interesting stores, churches and monuments.”
  • 63 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“On the north end of Albuquerque, this great looking casino has fine dining, a bar with live band and of course...gambling. Oh...and golf!”
  • 40 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!”
  • 36 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; 8 minute bike ride”
  • 48 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”
  • 41 locals recommend

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