Attractions

Nature Centers & Family Fun

Albuquerque's award winning BioPark is just one of many family-friendly attractions throughout the city.

Albuquerque's variety of ecosystems and abundant natural beauty are showcased through a number of resources devoted to the high desert environment. Visit the Albuquerque BioPark's Botanic Garden, Zoo, Aquarium and Tingley Beach fishing lakes. Stroll along the natural river and learn about the valley and its inhabitants at the Rio Grande Nature Center.
There are also several amusement parks and family fun centers in Albuquerque for kids of all ages.

ABQ BioPark

903 Tenth St. S.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 768-2000

The Albuquerque Biological Park is a unique environmental museum comprising four facilities.

Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach (fishing lakes). Our mission is to provide Albuquerque residents and visitors with exciting new recreational opportunities and to foster environmental awareness, education and stewardship. The BioPark is a division of the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department.

Zoo

Founded in 1927, the 64-acre ABQ BioPark Zoo offers guests close encounters with exotic and native animals.

Zoo Highlights:
  • Over 200 species of animals
  • Activities and feeding times
  • Music concerts
  • Annual events
  • Camps and classes

Admissions

Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Tickets
Adult: $7 - $12
Child (3-12) or Senior (65+): $3 - $5

Botanic Garden

Explore over one and a half miles of paths through formal and whimsical gardens designed to delight your senses.

Botanic Garden Highlights:

Aquarium

Take a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to the Gulf of Mexico, visiting aquatic animals along the way.

Aquarium Highlights:

Tingley Beach

Enjoy nature just a few minutes from downtown Albuquerque. Fish, walk, relax, sail a model boat or start a bike ride or hike at Tingley Beach.

Tingley Beach Highlights:

  • Free to the public!

    Anglers, ages 12+, need a valid NM fishing license.

  • Three fishing lakes
    • Read the latest fishing report
  • Food service in the station . (Open seasonally.)
  • Rent pedal boats during the summer.
  • Grills will open on Nov. 1, 2011! Pack a picnic and cook lunch on one of our grills. (Grills may be closed during fire season.)

Hours

Zoo, Aquarium & Botanic Garden
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Extended Summer Hours
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Open until 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25.

Tingley Beach is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Admissions

Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Tickets
Adult: $7 - $12
Child (3-12) or Senior (65+): $3 - $5

Tingley Beach is free; no ticket required.

Facility Locations

Zoo
903 Tenth SW, 87102

Botanic Garden and Aquarium
2601 Central NW, 87104

Tingley Beach
1800 Tingley Drive SW, 87102

Albuquerque Alpacas

9721 Guadalupe Trl. N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Neighborhood:North Valley/Los Ranchos/Corrales
Phone:(505) 269-6733
Fax:(505) 897-7703
les7703@aol.com

Visitors of all ages delight in the hands-on experience they get on this private tour of a working alpaca ranch.

Located on the grounds of an authentic adobe hacienda in the heart of Albuquerque's historic and picturesque North Valley. Feed our friendly alpacas and touch fiber once reserved for Peruvian royalty. Learn about one of the four-legged mammals native to the Americas. See the process of how fleece is sheared, cleaned, and spun into yarn. Shop in the retail ranch store full of luxurious alpaca items both imports and handwoven. (Cash and check only)

Cliff's Amusement Park

4800 Osuna Rd. N.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 881-9373

Cliff's is the only place in New Mexico with Family Rides, Thrill Rides, Kiddieland and Water Monkeys' Adventure! Great games and good food, too!

Cliff's Amusement Park has hundreds of ways to have a seriously fun time. Fun doesn't get more exciting than thrill rides like Cliff Hanger, SideWinder, the new Super Fire Ball and New Mexico Rattler, one of the Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters in the world.…water rides like Rocky Mountain Rapids and Big Flush Water Coaster…and everyone's favorite water play area, Water Monkeys' Adventure. Plus lots of rides in Kiddieland to keep the little ones seriously amused. Season Passes, All Day Ride Passes and Fun Cards available online and at the front gate. Special group discount packages available. Seriously Fun…all season long!

Hinkle Family Fun Center

12931 Indian School Rd. N.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 299-3100

ABQ's Premier Family Fun Destination…featuring two scenic 18 hole Miniature Golf Courses, Hinkle Extreme Paintball Adventure, Wet & Wild Bumper Boats, 1/8 mile Go-Karts Track, Rock Climbing Wall, Token Arcade with 75 state-of-the-art arcade games, 4500 sq ft Lazer Tag Arena, Battletech Firestorm Virtual Reality Pods, Indoor Bumper Cars, Nickel City Arcade with 110 nickel operated arcade games, Jungle Play Soft Play, & Eats & Treats too! Fun for all ages!

Group Discounts! ADA Accessible! Open 363 Days a Year! Rain or shine. Located on the corner of Indian School & Tramway.

Galleries & Theaters

Traditional and creative cultures flourish in Albuquerque. Home to more than 100 art galleries and studios, Albuquerque offers a variety of fine art, authentic Southwestern jewelry , pottery and contemporary art. Year after year, Albuquerque is ranked as a favorite arts destination by AmericanStyle magazine. Even if you don't visit any of our many galleries or museums , during your stay you will likely encounter some of the many public art pieces that enliven the city.

Albuquerque has a thriving performing arts scene. Regular performances at Albuquerque theaters, cultural centers and festivals are scheduled throughout the city and can be found on our calendar of events .

Jesús Muñoz Flamenco

3400 Constitution Ave. N.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 503-8737

Whether in concert or in dinner shows, the group performs with live music and in the old and rare improvisational method of Flamenco Por Derecho ; or otherwise known as Flamenco "straight up." Dancers & Musicians train at the quaint, yet acclaimed Casa Flamenca , located in the Nob Hill District of Albuquerque. The ensemble named Flamenco Por Derecho performs regularly in Cabaret shows in Albuquerque; as well as in full-scale concerts in-state and nationally.

KiMo Theatre

423 Central Ave. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 768-3522

The City of ABQ's Historic KiMo Theatre: Unique with Pueblo-Deco style featuring Native American motifs & hosting a broad spectrum of performances & events. Visitors welcome to tour ABQ's architectural treasure.

Mother Road Theatre Company

1024 Fourth St. S.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 379-5153

ABQ's choice for professional theatre. Located on the "Mother Road."

Musical Theatre Southwest

6427 Linn Ave. N.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-9119

Featuring Broadway musicals for 56 years. Call for schedule or tickets.

516 ARTS

516 Central Ave S.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 242-1445

516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit museum-style gallery offering adventurous exhibitions with something for everyone, from traditional arts to contemporary work and innovative projects.

Programs include gallery talks, exhibit tours, live music, and poetry events. 516 ARTS presents exhibitions in partnership with museums and organizations of the region, such as SITE Santa Fe, UNM Department of Art and Art History, and the Fine Arts Museum/Santa Fe. Exhibitions feature a mix of local, national, and international artists working in all visual media, including film. Visit our website for more information and the downloadable Downtown Arts guide.

Albuquerque Art Business Association

P.O. Box 36588 / Albuquerque, NM 87176
(505) 771-4007

The Mission of Albuquerque Little Theatre is to cultivate appreciation of the theatre arts through active participation in fully-staged productions, and to nurture aspiring talent through innovative educational programs. ALT facilities offer the opportunity to make performance and educational activities available to the community and to develop programs to enhance the cultural environment in which we live. Founded in 1930, Albuquerque Little Theatre is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that has been providing quality entertainment and opportunities for community involvement--in all aspects of theatrical productions--for over 80 years!

Albuquerque Little Theatre

224 San Pasquale Ave. S.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87104-1133
(505) 242-4750

Alb. Little Theatre is a beautiful historic bldg. offering a complete season of extraordinary productions throughout the year. Our upstairs cantina and lovely lower lobby provide an ideal space for receptions and client appreciation gatherings.

Our 480-seat auditorium is an unique and comfortable alternative for corporate presentations. Located right across the street from Old Town and within walking distance of fine dining and convenient lodging.

Amapola Gallery

205 Romero St. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87104-1378
(505) 242-4311

Andrews Pueblo Pottery & Art Gallery

303 Romero St. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 243-0414 / Toll Free: (877) 606-0543

Across from the Church and the northwest corner of the Plaza in historic Old Town, Andrews Pueblo Pottery is a family-owned business that has specialized in traditionally made Native American pottery since 1974. We also feature authentic Navajo, Jicarilla, Hopi, Apache and Tohono O'odham basketry, Hopi katsinas, Zuni fetish carvings, beadwork, jewelry, the paintings and sculpture of Diné artist Sheldon Harvey. The gallery offers many historic and hard-to-find items from important collections of Native American art.

Andrews Pueblo Pottery was founded in 1974 by Helen Andrews and her son Bob, and carries only authentic Native American artwork. Visit us in Albuquerque’s Old Town 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day; call us toll-free at 1-877-606-0543; or email info@andrewspp.com.

Corrales Bosque Gallery

4685 Corrales Rd. / Corrales, NM 87048
(505) 898-7203

Established in 1995 by local artists, today it is an important venue for imaginative arts and crafts.

Creative Albuquerque

115 Fourth St. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 268-1920

The Arts Alliance, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides communication, service, advocacy, recognition and celebration for the metropolitan area's five major arts disciplines: dance, theater, visual, music and literary.

The Alliance developed the Cultural Plan for the City of Albuquerque and is the city's designated Arts Agency to implement the plan. The Arts Alliance coordinates the Arts in Education Task Force and the Heritage Council, which fosters appreciation of multiculturalism in Albuquerque. It supports the arts through workshops, mentoring and access to arts information; and recognizes excellence in the arts annually through the prestigious Bravos Awards.

The Arts Alliance Gallery hosts monthly exhibits by local artists.

David Behrens Gallery

206 1/2 San Felipe St. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 503-8042

Nationally acclaimed artist. Offerings include fine art and related merchandise.

Galeria de Corrales

3923 Corrales Rd., Ste. B / Corrales, NM 87048
(505) 890-4929

Artist owned and operated gallery. Fine art paintings, pottery, jewelry and more.

Gallerie Imaginarium

301 Central Ave. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 286-9500

Gallerie Imaginarium (located on 3rd Street just a few steps North of Central Avenue) is Albuquerque's newest fine art gallery. Enter Suite D to experience the pensive, allegorical and fanciful worlds of Patrick Carr, George Howard Hayes III, Richard Maitland, David Zaintz and others in a most unusual setting. Taking the Rail Runner to Santa Fe? Visit Gallerie Imaginarium on your way to the train station and see if you can get your “art fix” close to home!

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

University of New Mexico Arena / Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505) 836-2810

April 26-28, 2012. Nearly 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes of Canada and the United Stated, participating socially. Native American culture and pride, competition Indian singing and dancing. Indian traders market, street fair on Pow Wow Alley.

The Indian Trader's Market offers a very special shopping experience and exhibition of Native artifacts from throughout the Americas featuring over 800 artists, crafters and traders, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. All events are open to the public, photos are encouraged. Visit our website for information, CDs, books, posters, etc.

Enjoy Native American Music on internet radio 24/hours- day.

Gowen Arts

303 Romero St. N.W. / Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 242-6831 / Toll Free: (800) 350-6099

Unique only begins to describe Gowen Arts gallery in Old Town.

With its selection of contemporary Native American jewelry, stone sculpture, watercolors, acrylics & oil paintings. You know you have entered some place special, as the friendly staff & warm surroundings greet you. Not to mention the gallery is electric with copper brass & steel sculptures by Greg Gowen. Gowen Arts is one place you won't want to miss & you are sure to be welcomed with a smile. Located in ABQ Old Town at Plaza Don Luis, West of Church.

Guerrilla Graphix

4320 Central Ave. S.E. / Albuquerque, NM 87108-1165
(505) 508-5202

Without a doubt, one of New Mexico's most interesting, unusual and affordable galleries, Guerrilla Graphix features more than 100 political and original-art designs screen-printed on recycled 100% cotton t-shirts, jackets, hoodies and canvas shopping bags. Or, you can drop off your own shirt or jacket and we'll print any of our designs on it!

We also carry one of Albuquerque's largest inventories of urban headgear and bumperstickers, as well as political & art prints/posters, military-style messenger bags, postcards, incense, badges, jewelry and a modest selection of smoking supplies.

Opera Southwest

P.O. Box 27671 / Albuquerque, NM 87125
(505) 243-0591

Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, NM presents professional quality opera from fall through spring. Singers are cast nationally. Performances occur in the historic KiMo Theatre downtown, with convenient parking, hotels and restaurants nearby.

ORO Fine Art Gallery

20 First Plaza Ctr. / Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 243-1599

From the real to the surreal in various styles & media.

ORO FINE ART GALLERY reaching its sixth year in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, NM just north of the famous old Route 66, has been dubbed a "hidden treasure" by those that walk through the door! Come in & see the impressive display by talented fine artists & craftspeople in the area, featuring "The Dali of the Desert", Ricardo Chávez-Méndez.