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Planning a short break to Albuquerque? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Albuquerque. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Albuquerque. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Old Town

When the pioneers of Albuquerque settled on the banks of the Rio Grande in 1706, and created their colonial farming village it was built on the lines of a traditional Spanish town, with a central plaza surrounded by a homes, government buildings, and of-course, a church.

Visitors can walk through the same serene village today, treading on winding brick paths that are hundreds of years old, and look up at the balconies hung with bright baskets of flowers just as they always were. The beautiful and historic San Felipe de Neri Church still stands waiting for the faithful to come to prayer, and if you are feeling a bit tired, take a break in the peaceful Rose Garden, where you can reflect on all you have seen.

For more information contact Old Town Information and Visitors Centre, Plaza Don Luis, 303 Romero NW - 505-243-3215

Open 7 days a week from 9:00-5:00 April-October and 9:30-4:30 November-March.

For more information visit - www.oldtownalbuquerque.com/

Sandia Peak Tram

The Sandia Mountains peak soars almost a mile high above Albuquerque and is an accessible by the worlds longest aerial tramway. The tramway is a mind-blowing 2.7 miles of sheer terror if you are not the most heights-happy person, or, 2,7 miles of incredible vistas and scenic beauty, if you put your trust in God, and the builders of the tramway. From the top of the tramway to Sandia Peak, there are shady picnic areas, and miles of trails for hiking, and when the weather is right great skiing.

For the tram ride the rates are as follows Adults $15, Seniors 62+ $12, Children 5 yrs to 12 yrs $10.00, Adult/Senior with Dinner Reservations $10.00, One Way $8.00, Grounds Admission (Daily, per car) $1.00. Round Trip with any Daily Ski Lift Ticket $8.00 (Prices subject to change)

For more information phone 505-856-7325, email www.sandiapeak.com

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre

Located at 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, visit this interesting place for an understanding and appreciation of the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, and stand in awe before the brilliantly coloured murals depicting their life and beliefs, painted by outstanding and respected artists. In the 10,000 sq. ft. museum, which is visited by over 200,00 people annually, the central focus is on the history and traditional cultures of the Pueblo people from before the arrival of Christopher Columbus to modern times. Exhibits range from artefacts from ancient times, to their contemporary art, to a small, changing show that depicts the work of living artists, traditional and contemporary. Every Saturday and Sunday there are traditional dances performed at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre.

For more information, phone 505/843-7270 or 800/766-4405. www.nativeamericans.com/Pueblo.htm

Launchpad

Located between 6th & 7th at 618 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Phone 505.764.8887. This is the coolest club in town if you enjoy the greatest live music played by such icons as Dick Dale, or The Wailers, and if that really isn�t your scene, hang about and the following night you will be able to mosh to the sounds of Voodoo Glow Skulls!!! The entertainment varies from night to night, but what doesn�t vary is the standard. Launchpad has won several awards over the years, and, if the electric atmosphere in this space-themed club is anything to go by, they deserved every one.

You can check out their website at www.launchpadrocks.com , or email them at info@launchpadrocks.com

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Scienc

Located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, across from Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM. At this museum there is a simulated volcano and a river of hot lava that flows beneath a see-through glass floor, an Ice Age cave, and an excellent dinosaur exhibit hall, among the many mind-blowing displays and exhibitions on show.

For more information phone 505/841-2800 or go to www.nmmnh-abq.mus.nm.us

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Scienc

Located at 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, if you want to thoroughly entertain, thrill, excite, and educate your children all at once, take them to this excellent museum, where they can stand in front of huge, towering dinosaur skeletons, or full-scale models of the extinct and scary beasts. When they have had enough of pre-history, take them on to the Lode Star Astronomy Centre, also in the museum, and let them gaze into the future and see planets and worlds far beyond our scope now, but possibly will visit one day. The Planetarium arranges Family Programmes and Teacher Guides.

For more info see www.nmoca.org/naturalhistory.html

The Los Altos Skate Park

Located at 10140 1/2 Lomas, just east of Easterday, the Los Altos Skate Park is designed for in-line skaters, BMX bicyclists, and skateboarders, and is the largest skate park in the Southwest. With 35,000 sq ft of skating area, that include a street course and two bowls, the park has all the modern structures that BMX bike riders, skate-boarders, and in-line skaters enjoy. Admission is FREE.

Go to www.cabq.gov/recreation/skate.html

Hawthorn Suites

Located at1511 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, the Main Phone number is 505-242-1555, Fax 505-242-8801, and Toll-Free 877-242-1142. Located 1 mile from Albuquerque International Airport and 3 miles from downtown, the hotel is conveniently located 3.5 miles from the Albuquerque Convention Centre, 3 miles from the Atomic Museum, 4 miles from the State Fair Park, and 7 miles from the Old Town, Isleta Casino & Resort, and Zoo & Bio Park. The hotel features studio suites and executive studio suites, all of which have a wet bar area with microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel also offers a complimentary hot breakfast of eggs, bacon/sausage, fresh fruit, cereals, and hot coffee. Other amenities include an exercise room, heated outdoor pool and free parking. The nearest train station is in Albuquerque.

More details at www.hotelhawthorn.com/

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Held over two weekends in October this Albuquerque attracts over a million visitors annually to watch the fun, flying and determinedly competitive players in this colourful event. Take an official balloon ride, organised by Rainbow Ryders, and look down on the rest of the world as your soar high into the sky on a unique journey that you will be telling your grandchildren about in years to come. Phone (505) 823-1111Reserve your seat on a Balloon Ride with RAINBOW RYDERS, INC.

For info go to www.rainbowryders.com/

Petroglyph National Monument

Located at 6001 Unser Blvd. NW, 3 miles north of I-40 on Unser Blvd. Visit the lava flows in what was once a hunting and gathering area for prehistoric Native Americans, and who left behind a legacy of etchings on the dark basalt boulders, detailing their lives and beliefs

Admission $1 per vehicle weekdays, $2 weekends. Phone 505/899-0205.

See www.nps.gov/petr/pphtml/contact.html

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