Add dates
Things to do in

Albuquerque

Our most recommended things to do in Albuquerque

Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

2. Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

Your E-Bike adventure takes you through the heart of Albuquerque’s historic, cultural, and artistic center. You will pedal effortlessly through the downtown neighborhoods, hopping on and off of your bike to explore undiscovered corners. Your expert guide will lead you as you tour the neighborhoods and wooded areas that serve as the foundation of this unique and enchanting city. While your guide takes the lead with the navigation, they will also bring your tour to life with insider stories and tips. Some highlights of the tour include: - Discover the deep-rooted history of Albuquerque as you explore the oldest neighborhoods - Learn about the transformation of the Barelas neighborhood to the center of Hispanic culture - See public art in downtown Albuquerque, and visit local sculpture artist Joe Sackett in his studio to learn about his creative process and what inspires him - Receive a private tour of Frederico Vigils Mundos de Mestizaje: A Vision of History through Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which houses art such as 'Albuquerque’s Sistine Chapel' With the perfect mixture of history, art and a small amount of exercise (depending how much you want to enjoy the electronic side of the E-Bike), your tour gives you some of the best highlights Albuquerque has to offer.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

3. Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about the mezclas de culturas (mix of cultures) that grew into today's New Mexico on this guided culture and heritage walking tour in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit centuries-old buildings and the revitalized Sawmill Market and taste local drinks. Starting at Hotel Albuquerque, visit places from Albuquerque’s past that have evolved over the years. See the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Gardens, Old Town Plaza, and an 1890s one-room schoolhouse. Complete your journey by raising a glass of local New Mexico craft brew or wine at the Sawmill Market.

Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

4. Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

Learn all there is to know about turquoise, the elegant gemstone, with an admission ticket to the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque. Inside the museum, find exhibitions that will appeal to all ages and interests. Educate yourself on mineralogy in the Science Gallery, admire the varying colors of turquoise at the Gallery of Mines, or learn about how turquoise is used around the world in the International Gallery.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

5. Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Albuquerque and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore sculpture gardens, museums, parks, churches and other interesting sights in the Old Town. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

6. Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

Acquire an insider's look at craft brewing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a guided tour to three breweries. Enjoy guided tastings and behind-the-scenes tours while being led by experts. Learn about the brewing process, the history of beer production in the area, and the coolest places to visit. After getting picked up from your accommodation, drive to three unique beer production venues. At each brewery, you'll take a tour of the production area, learn about their products, and try at least three beer samples with sensory evaluation training provided by the certified staff. As Albuquerque is famously renowned for its craft beer, it may be hard to decide which places to visit. Allow your tour guide to make this decision for you and rest assured you'll visit the best places in town.

Albuquerque: Agricultural E-Bike Tour of Rio Grande Valley

7. Albuquerque: Agricultural E-Bike Tour of Rio Grande Valley

Cycle through the trails of the majestic woodland area along the Rio Grande on an electric bike tour. Learn about the history of the area from your local guide and hear how the agricultural and water management system grew in the area. Visit community-based farms and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park en route. Begin your tour in the center of Albuquerque, which was founded in 1706. Hear how in the 1700s farmers were given tracts of land (or ranchos) along the Rio Grande’s banks. Explore how these tracts have been transformed over time into community farms and natural areas. Learn how the Rio Grande River is the fourth longest river system in the United States and has a rich history. Early settlers embraced these life-giving waters, developing an intricate system of acequias to sustain, nourish, and grow their crops. Visit farms that still practice the acequias’ water flow techniques. And go to the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to catch an important glimpse of the river’s natural history, as well as for an exclusive wildlife viewing of some of the species that call the bosque home. Then, head to Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm, a historic inn and working farm, founded in 1934. This dynamic property employs regional farming practices that are hundreds of years old combined with innovative and modern agricultural technologies. Onsite at Los Poblanos, take advantage of visiting The Farm Shop and their boutique which sells their signature products. Don’t miss their Grosso lavender field for an aromatherapeutic walk to soothe your soul.

Albuquerque: Guided Family Walking Tour

8. Albuquerque: Guided Family Walking Tour

Take a walking tour around Albuquerque with a professional local guide. Walk around the city center, see the most famous cultural and architectural sites, and learn their history. Enjoy a tour with a comfortable pace suitable for the whole family. Let a family-friendly tour guide show you around the city in a way that will be fun for both kids and adults. Hear insider stories and legends about the city and learn what makes it such a special place to visit.

Frequently asked questions about Albuquerque

What top attractions are a must-see in Albuquerque?

The must-see attractions in Albuquerque are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Albuquerque

Want to discover all there is to do in Albuquerque? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Albuquerque

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 29 reviews

The van felt like a covid breeding ground, and being loaded in with strangers was really weird after being so cautious for the last year +. That being said, the balloon ride itself was spectacular, and Kris, our pilot, was a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this experience, but would also recommend a double mask!!

Our guide, Paul, was so friendly and provided lots of good information about the history as well as current culture of Albuquerque. Thr e-bikes we're easy to use and we were able to see much of the city!

The Turquoise Museum was a hidden gem just like all the gems hidden inside of it. Very well done and very worthwhile.

The entire experience is worthwhile, colorful, educational, and enjoyable.

Absolutely massive collection from around the world!