5 Things You Have to Do When Visiting Albuquerque

This article was originally published on September 22, 2017 on Master NAVI

As New Mexico’s biggest city, Albuquerque holds many attractions and activities for tourists to dabble in. When it’s your first time in the city, you may not know how to create an itinerary that allows you to see the best sights. Make things easy on yourself. Book a hotel near a landmark or a travel hub, like the Albuquerque Amtrak station. Then check out some of the coolest spots in Albuquerque, where you can learn about culture and history or enjoy the majesty of nature.

Catch a Show at KiMo Theatre

Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre is in a gorgeous building containing a sweeping stage. You can catch author events, poetry readings, and classic movies regularly at the KiMo Theatre. Many events, like documentary screenings, are free or very affordable. This is the perfect evening activity before heading back to your boutique hotel near the KiMo Theatre after a long day of sight-seeing.

Visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Learn amazing and beautiful facts about Hispanic cultures at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. From performances to workshops, exhibits to events, the center is always offering educational and fun activities for people of all ages. The museum is 11,000 square feet of art and culture from all over the world. It’s also conveniently near some very affordable Albuquerque hotels.

Walk Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque has been around since 1706, and Old Town is where you can see the city’s beginnings. Old Town is structured like traditional Spanish neighborhoods, with a square and a church at the center. Within Old Town you’ll find several museums, lots of shops, plenty of eating opportunities, and gorgeous architecture. Old Town is perfect for a sedate walk with the family, or a shopping spree.

Enjoy Animals at Rio Grande Zoo

Albuquerque’s Zoo is full of exhibits based on both parts of the world and types of animals. Whether you choose to visit the species of Africa, or see the exhibit devoted to amphibians, you’ll discover facts about animals you never knew, and get to see majestic beasts enjoying their natural habitats. The absolute best exhibit is Zoo Babies, where you can see protected species grow from infants to adults.

See Bio Park’s Botanic Garden

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The Rio Grande Zoo is within Albuquerque’s BioPark. BioPark is an intriguing, interactive place with educational experiences and lots of exhibits, and it’s near several great Albuquerque hotels, too. Once you’ve left the zoo, stop at the Botanic Garden. It includes exhibits showcasing Mediterranean plants, desert plants, Japanese plants, and more. See the butterfly pavilion or the Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond.

Find the perfect Albuquerque hotel, book your travel plans, and get ready for an adventure in this historic and sunny New Mexico city. Travelers of all kinds will love these attractions in Albuquerque. Couples and solo travelers will find lots to love in the KiMo Theatre and the Botanic Gardens. Families will adore the Zoo and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and absolutely everyone will have fun walking around Old Town.