When you arrange a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, chances are people will tell you not to miss the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the BioPark, or the New Mexico State Fair, and while they’re right to give you that advice, you should do some research of your own before you plan your whole itinerary.
Before you plan everything out, check out these five Albuquerque attractions that sometimes don’t get the attention they deserve.
1) Max’s Magic Theater
This intimate, 24-seat theater showcases an interactive comedy, magic, and mentalism performance hosted by Max Krause on select Fridays and Saturdays. The show is family friendly and encourages participation, and runs about an hour long.
Next door, visit Max’s Magic Shop where you can pick up some tricks of your own to impress friends, family, and more! Visitors to Max’s Magic Theater describe it as “an amazing time,” “strongly recommended,” and a “one of a kind experience in Albuquerque.”
2) New Mexico Rail Runner
Though this technically isn’t an attraction IN Albuquerque, it starts off in the city, and the short trip runs between ABQ and Santa Fe, showing off the sights of New Mexico. The train takes you through Native Pueblos, untouched passageways, and pastures alike. Passengers describe the rail runner as “convenient and cheap,
“a great ride to see the scenery,” and “easy and wonderful travel.” If you’re staying in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and want to see the other, don’t miss the New Mexico Rail Runner.
3) Balloon Rides
You’ve likely heard about the Balloon Fiesta, but perhaps you haven’t considered the possibility of taking a private balloon ride. Visitors describe these as a “bucket list item” and “out of this world,” and because there’s plenty of airspace for it, there are a number of locations that offer this outing.
A few of the most well-known companies offering private balloon trips are World Balloon, Rainbow Ryders, Sweet Escape Balloon Rides, and Hoots Hot Aire Adventures. As with any event such as this, you’ll want to book in advance.
4) Outdoor Adventures at Elena Gallegos Park
Trails for bicyclists and hikers as well as uphill adventures make up the expanse that is the Elena Gallegos Park. Costing just $2 to enter the park, the views and the mountain range are enchanting, and the wildlife viewing area gives you an up-close view of the natural habitats within.
If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend a day outdoors, this park is perfect for you. Dog-friendly with wildflowers and located at the base of the Sandia mountains, this park is one you won’t want to miss.
5) Duke City Pedaler
The City Pedaler is a 14-passenger “party bike” that travels the streets of Albuquerque, making stops at local pubs, bars, and restaurant. The route is flat and not over-exerting, for those guests who want to just kick back, and the pedaler has a motor as well to assist the riders.
There are different routes offered, but a popular one visits downtown breweries, so if you’re a craft beer lover, this is a great option for you! Guests describe the Duke City Pedaler as a “good time with good musc, fun people, and a fun driver,” “not to be missed,” and a “good way to tour the great downtown brewery scene.”
Plan your trip to Albuquerque today, and don’t forget to book your stay at the Barcelona Suites.