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Fun Things to do in Albuquerque with Kids

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Albuquerque is a beautiful city for adults, but it can be a magical experience for your children. Whether you are passing through and can only spend a couple of days or you set aside your entire vacation, you won’t be disappointed. Exploring fun things to do in Albuquerque with kids is a cinch!

¡Explora!

I have mentioned our love of science museums just a couple of times. Albuquerque has one of the most fun museums we have ever visited. As a matter of fact, ¡explora! just may be the top science museum in America. The word explora is a derivative of the Spanish verb explorar, which means to explore. And the entire museum is focused on that idea.

Every exhibit is interactive. You touch, you feel, you hear, you smell, you create, you do. Even the elevator is an interactive experience. A full size room, it is filled with couches and armchairs and looks like a living room!

There are exhibits specifically geared to certain ages. Some rooms are focused on younger children, with exhibits that are developmentally appropriate for them. Others are geared to older children (and even adults), like the bicycle my husband rode across a tightrope suspended from the upper floor. With a little something for everyone, this is one place we had trouble leaving.

Riding a bicycle at Explora! Museum

Riding a bicycle at the ¡Explora! Museum.

Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town is a must-visit. Be sure to plan time to circle the square. My daughters had trouble deciding where to spend their souvenir money, but there are many options available at all price ranges. There are art galleries, hand-crafted jewelry vendors, clothing stores, pottery, turquoise adornments, and antiques. Many restaurants are also available including some candy stores, ice cream shops, and local breweries.

San Felipe de Neri Parish

Right on the square is San Felipe de Neri Parish, a church that has been flourishing in Albuquerque for over 300 years. The current church building was constructed in 1793 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. As a functional house of worship, there are services throughout the week; however, the church is open to visitors and they welcome guests.

The interior architecture mixes traditional Roman Catholic faith with native influences. It is a beautiful blend of religion and history. Though completely restored, there are some remnants of original construction and influence.

Iglesia de San Felipe de Neri in Albuquerque

Iglesia de San Felipe de Neri in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

If your plans take you to Albuquerque in October, don’t miss the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest ballooning event featuring over 600 hot air balloons. You can reserve a balloon ride, talk to the pilots, and enjoy music and children’s acts on the various stages.  Plus, admission for kids 12 and under is free!

Get Lost in Albuquerque’s Unique Neighborhoods

Finally, one of our favorite things to do in Albuquerque is simply drive and get lost. There is art everywhere you look. There are plazas, roadside parks, impromptu shrines in neighborhoods, even art displays in individual yards. There are sculptures, wall art, graffiti art, pottery, and jewelry-inspired pieces. Wandering through Albuquerque “sans GPS” has led us to unique neighborhoods, quaint diners, and memorable restaurants. Take a chance and get lost.  You might never want to find your way home!

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