Wondering what are the best things to do in Albuquerque, NM? We have the answer! No matter what time of year you visit, there is always an abundance of things to do in Albuquerque! Here at the Bottger Mansion, we’re always ready to help you plan your activities and accommodate you in our historic bed & breakfast. While visiting the Duke City, here are just some of our favorite local activities and attractions that we highly recommend!

For even more recommendations on things to do in Albuquerque, you’re welcome to download our free Vacation Guide. This handy planning tool is filled with great recommendations for local entertainment, activities, dining, and much more.

Top 10 Fun and Unique Things to Do in Albuquerque

1. Embark on an Outdoor Adventure

While the city provides endless opportunities for memory-making fun, there are also plenty of adventures to be had in the great outdoors! From hiking and kayaking to nature centers and hot air balloon rides, you’ll have plenty of options to explore our beautiful Southwest region and reconnect with the tranquility of nature.

Don’t forget to take a ride on the Sandia Park Tramway! This is one of the most fun and romantic things to do in Albuquerque and introduces you to panoramic views of the magnificent Sandia mountains.

2. Browse Through the Museums

Albuquerque is home to some of the nation’s most fascinating museums. The best part? Most of them can be found within walking distance of the Bottger Mansion! You won’t want to miss spending a day admiring local masterpieces at the Albuquerque Museum of Art or traveling back in time at the Albuquerque Natural History Museum. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is also a great spot to learn more about the Pueblo tribes that once called this region home and shop for Native American jewelry, pottery, and crafts.

3. Enjoy the Show

Our destinations is a mecca for entertainment, and it certainly shows! The Kimo Theater is a historic city staple and a wonderful venue to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment including stage productions, stand-up comedy, and films. The Isleta Amphitheater has welcomed some of the world’s most popular artists including such as John Mayer, Florida Georgia Line, and Janet Jackson. Throughout the year, you’ll be able to attend highly-anticipated concerts featuring some of your favorite musical artists.  

4. Visit the Albuquerque Biopark

This popular attraction is a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and beach all in one! The Albuquerque Biopark sees more than 1.5 million visitors each year and is one of the state’s top tourist destinations. Stop by for a full day of discovery and fun in the sun.

5. Play a Game of Golf

Fore! Albuquerque is a must-visit destination for golfing enthusiasts, and for more reasons than just the long golf season. There are several incredible golf courses scattered throughout the Duke City, most of which enjoy an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop.

6. Indulge in a Delicious Meal

Eating Mexican food at Nob Hill Albuquerque RestaurantsIn Albuquerque, there is no shortage of incredible dining! Whether you’re craving authentic Southwest cuisine, a juicy burger, or exquisite Italian dishes, you’ll find an Albuquerque restaurant that will become a utopia for your taste buds. Some of our personal favorites include Antiquity Restaurant, High Noon Restaurant and Saloon, and Backstreet Grill.

Nob Hill is a local neighborhood well-known for its wide variety of restaurants. During your stay, be sure to visit the lively and eclectic community to feast at local favorites!

7. Go Shopping

You won’t find your typical mall stores here in Albuquerque. If you’re looking for fun and unique items you won’t find anywhere else, head to Old Town and browse through the number of delightful gift shops, art galleries, and quaint boutiques.

8. Take a Road Trip on Route 66

The iconic highway that has inspired numerous works of music and literature stretches right through Albuquerque! Take a ride down the neon-lit route and be sure to make Route 66 pit stops at places like historic 66 Diner or the Absolutely Neon Art Gallery & Studio.

9. Experience the Nightlife

Even after the sun has set, the fun doesn’t have to end! In fact, there are many exciting things to do in Albuquerque at night. If you’re feeling lucky, there are several casinos in Albuquerque to choose from. Our city also boasts a thriving craft beer and wine scene. Unwind with a drink and reminisce over all of your Albuquerque adventures at home of the many local breweries or wineries!

10. Set Out on an Exciting Day Trip

Albuquerque Day TripsAlbuquerque’s convenient location places you near some of the state’s most incredible attractions! When you have a free afternoon, head out to experience jaw-dropping destinations like Bandelier National Monument or the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. If you travel just over an hour to locations like Jemez Springs, you’ll be able to take a dip in the revitalizing waters of New Mexico’s natural hot springs!

There is never a shortage of fun things to do in Albuquerque while staying at the Bottger Mansion. If you’re ready for the getaway of a lifetime, be sure to book your favorite room today! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide. You can also call us with questions or inquiries about how to experience any or all of the Albuquerque activities and excursions: 505-243-3639