When you’re traveling with the kids, you know that it’s important to keep them occupied and interested, lest you be forced to hear “We’re borrrrrred!” whined from the backseat constantly. However, choosing things for the kids to do shouldn’t mean that the parents are stuck on the sidelines, watching the kids have fun while they’re bored themselves. It’s important when you travel to find things that are great for the whole family. Here’s a helpful list of great suggestions for things to do in Albuquerque.
At this aquarium, there’s exhibits perfect for any marina-animal lover. From jellyfish to eel, sharks to stingrays, and everything in between, this facility showcases the wildlife that appears in the Rio Grande River. Since Albuquerque lies along the river, it’s a perfect tie-in for both geography and nature.
The Rio Grande Zoo
In the same vein, the Rio Grande Zoo has over 250 species of both local and exotic animals. There are daily shows on animals and nature, and visitors can check feeding times to watch zookeepers feed the animals. If you’re more of a hands-on learner, you can even feed the animals yourself at the Australian Lorikeet exhibit or check out a camel ride, available spring through fall.
Want to get the best of the outdoors? Head to Tingley Beach where there’s fishing, a model boat pond, and in the summers, paddleboating. Your family can also rent bicyclces and check out the wooded trail, and there’s a train that leaves daily from Tingley Station to take visitors to the Zoo, Aquarium, or Botanic Gardens. If you and your family want to pack your day full of adventure, this is your starting point.
Check out even more of the outdoors with the Sandia Tram. It’s a 2.7 mile trip in a tram car that takes you to the top of the Sandia mountains. Once you’re at the top, overlook the city from 10,378 feet. There, you’ll enjoy an observation deck and trails with maps so you can hike with the whole family and learn about the land and animals that live at the high altitude. At the base of the tram, there’s a ski museum that you can also check out.
The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Finally, check out this museum, where you and your kids can learn about the history of ballooning, take a virtual balloon ride, and learn about balloons and balloon instruments and tools. Learn more about the International Balloon Fiesta as well, which takes place every fall—if your visit is timed correctly, you can visit the museum and the Fiesta itself!