5251 San Antonio Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 797-0850
Fax: (505) 797-7642
From April to October, this playground is open for the young and the young at heart. It offers more than 23 rides, games of skill, arcade and redemption deals and a variety of great food and gifts. Centrally located in Albuquerque for a convenient playful getaway, this place is sure to put a smile on your face and a little extra spring in your step.
From the highly regarded house of Gruet in France to the high desert of New Mexico, come some of the best sparkling wines in the country. The award-winning wines enjoy a stellar reputation and are served in dozens of restaurants around the world. Tours through this elegant facility are available. If you need a special place to host an anniversary celebration, wedding reception, birthday, office or Christmas party, give Gruet Winery a call and schedule the banquet facility that can hold up to 250 people.
Known for its perfect ballooning weather, Albuquerque offers no better way to see the city than from aloft. This is a thrilling experience you will remember all of your life, and the people at World Balloon work hard to make it enjoyable. The little extras, like picking you up from your motel, champagne lift off and a flight certificate, are only a part of the adventure. This company has been in operation since 1961, and has an impeccable safety record. Other services include the Sunrise Wedding Service, balloon sales and service and collectors memorabilia.
Come join the fun in the "Duke City" for annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an event lasting nine days through the first two weekends in October. Billed as the world's most photographed event, see why more than one million visitors flock to Albuquerque each fall to witness spectacular dawn skyscapes as 1,000 balloons color the sky during mass ascensions. The fiesta features special shape balloons with exclusive mass ascensions, flying competitions, and the popular nighttime "Glowdeo." Sample great local wines during the opening weekend of the event at "Fiesta del Vino," see website for details. Park and ride from the malls around town and avoid the traffic jams. Admission: USD6. Children 12 and under are free.
This one of its kind museum features exhibits chronicling the history of ballooning, with a special focus on Albuquerque's contribution (as "Balloon Capital of the World") to this lighter-than-air art form. Famous history-making balloons are on display, as well as other intriguing exhibits like nineteenth-century Japanese ballooning outfits, German war-balloons used for bombing operations, and artifacts from the very beginning of hot-air ballooning in the late eighteenth century. The museum facility overlooks the field from which balloons take off during the world-renowned annual Balloon Fiesta.
With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the spacious Montgomery Park is one of the largest and best parks to spend some time outdoors in Northeastern Albuquerque. On weekends, the park comes alive with youth soccer games, ultimate Frisbee tournaments, and historical reenactments. It's a popular place for family barbecues and birthday parties, and the 0.8 mile walking trail around and through the park is popular with walkers, joggers, and pet owners alike. The park grounds include several fenced in tennis courts, a playground, and a public swimming pool open during the warmer seasons. The park is conveniently located next to the Erna Ferguson Public Library and the Palo Duro Senior Center. An on-site parking lot is located on the south side of the park along Comanche Boulevard. - Lydia Schrandt
There is nothing quite like drifting over the countryside in a hot air balloon. New Mexico's largest balloon rides operator offers ride packages that include something for every taste. Soar above the city at sunrise, or in the evening when the wind is right and you will get a true sense of the beauty of Albuquerque. The pilots that fly for this company are experienced and will gladly discuss their flight record with you.
Founded in 1973, Anderson Valley Vineyards is still operated by its original owner. This vineyard, tasting room and gift shop is located in the heart of Albuquerque's rural-feeling North Valley. It is a mere ten minute drive from Old Town, yet peace, quiet and nature reign among these lush green fields just east of the Rio Grande. Wine tasting and tours are offered, and the facility is available for weddings and parties. A special event is held annually during Balloon Fiesta, at which time Anderson releases one of its speciality wines, called the "Balloon Blush".
Visit the interactive Unser Racing Museum and learn about the exciting world of race cars and racing. Take a guided tour through the museum and admire racing memorabilia, including trophies, antique cars, uniforms, and Indianapolis 500 cars. Learn all about the sport's history, including Pikes Peak and the latest car technology. Watch interesting videos and even take a spin on a racing simulator. After exploring the museum take a trip to the gift store to find great souvenirs, including autographs.
Albuquerque's largest performing arts facility has been remodeled in recent years and now offers near perfect acoustics on the stage, orchestra pit, mezzanine and balcony. The center features four theaters and an art museum containing five galleries that house a permanent collection of more than 28,000 photographs, paintings, drawings and prints. This center is located in Popejoy Hall on UNM campus, just north of Cornell and Central. Matinee shows and weekend performances vary, call for information.
Expo New Mexico Fairground is one power packed place. With so many events taking place at this multi-purpose venue, the events calender is always full. This venue to caters to all and is host to events as diverse as dog and cat shows to championships. It is also the home of the biggest of all events "The New Mexico State Fair". Spread on an area of 236-acre, this venue is grand, elegant as well as spacious. It is truly an ideal venue for any kind of event.
The Indian Pueblo Culture Center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. Visit the museums, galleries and gift shops where more than 305,000 visitors annually experience the culture, art and history of pueblo life. Children are welcome to join hands-on experiences in the Pueblo House Children's Museum. Art and craft workshops, various Indian Rites and many special celebrations and events are planned throughout the year. The Pueblo Harvest Cafe serves great New Mexican and Native American dishes at reasonable prices.