If you’ve been thinking of escaping the cold and heading for warmer weather, Albuquerque, New Mexico is a fun destination to get away with your family. We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with kids the next time you are in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fun things to do with kids in Albuquerque New Mexico
Step lively to Native tunes.
See tribal dances and browse authentic Native American jewelry is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. You can even join the swirling dancers performing in the center’s plaza, letting the drum beats guide your moves. Check ahead to see if there will be bread baking demonstrations in the traditional horno oven when you plan to stop by.
Get a natural high.
Take a ride on the longest continuous passenger cable tramway in the world, the 2.7-mile-long tram, carries visitors nearly 4,000-feet up to Sandia Peak, elevation 10,378 feet. In the 15-minute ride keep a look out for eagles and mule deer.
Take a walk on the wild side.
Visit the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. It has interpretive nature trails and demonstration gardens to explore. The Riverwalk Trail is an easy one-mile loop through the bosque (cottonwood forest) and along the river, passing through open meadows and heavily wooded areas. The Bosque Loop Trail, about 0.8 mile, is an easy walk through the bosque with a spur to the river.
Get your bounce on.
Gravity Park in Albuquerque is a huge 18,000 square facility offering gaming and indoor recreation in the form of trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, an Olympic foam pit and a Trampoline Dodgeball cage. “Flight Tickets” can be purchased ahead of time or walk-ins are welcome.
Time travel to the Jurassic period and beyond.
Fascinate your kids with the Jurassic Period and beyond at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. Besides the large fossil exhibits (don’t miss the T Rex skull), enjoy walking through a “volcano,” seeing New Mexico marine life from 75 million years ago and the Cave Experience. On site are the Planetarium (featuring a cool fractals movie) and the IMAX theatre (movies on the hour). From the dinosaurs that once roamed New Mexico to Albuquerque’s role in the development of the computer age, this museum will fascinate all members of the family.
Experience the wonder of science.
At the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, adults will appreciate learning of the Atomic Age, from the discovery of atomic energy to the Manhattan Project, which occurred just up the road in Los Alamos, to its future. Kids will appreciate the warm welcome by friendly staff (usually veterans) and the chance to see real war aircraft, such as B-52 Bombers parked outside in Heritage Park. A great way to explore the Museum with your child is by utilizing the neat Family Guide found on the Museum’s web site. Print it out and this colorful tool will help teach your child what they are seeing in the displays.
Take your baseball fans to see the local minor league team play at Isotopes Park, a beautiful stadium with a big city feel. Beyond the right field fence is the Creamland Berm, a popular place for families to stretch out on a blanket and enjoy some baseball on a starry southwestern night.
Touch the ideas.
Visit Explora, a new kind of learning place, providing real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. They will make giant bubbles, create animated mini movies, or ride a bike on a suspended high wire. The science is everywhere at Explora, where kids of all ages can play, learn and have fun. Careful you might learn something.
Go to the heart.
For almost three centuries Old Town Albuquerque has been the crossroads of the Southwest. Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago. Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape. Long portals (porches) line the fronts of most buildings offering shade from the New Mexican sun. Bancos (benches) are often found built into the back walls of the portals, providing the perfect place for weary walkers to sit and watch the world go by. From the mock gunfights put on every Sunday afternoon, to the ghost tours in its historic buildings, Old Town offers kids fun during their visit to Albuquerque. With several candy and ice cream shops, there’s also treats for them as well.
Get outa’ town.
For those who like a bit of adventure, take a jeep tour and see some of the spectacular landscape around both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Learn about the history and culture of some unique sites – ancestral ruins, historic homesteads, petrified forests, and geologic marvels. See wild horses running free on the mesas.
Shake, rattle, and stroll.
For kids, an exciting place to visit is the International Rattlesnake Museum. There are more different species of live snakes housed under one roof than anywhere else in the world, no less than 31 species reside there (behind glass). Stroll through the museum to find out about snake skins, fangs, tail rattles and more.
Spend your day at the ABQ BioPark.
The park encompasses the Zoo, the Aquarium, Tingley Beach, and Botanical Gardens all connected with a cute open air train. The Zoo and the Botanical Gardens play host to many outdoor concerts, having amphitheater stages.
Have you been to Albuquerque before? Does your family have a favorite spot to visit?