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Albuquerque

Albuquerque

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Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Albuquerque: Old Town Self-Guided Walking Tour by App

2. Albuquerque: Old Town Self-Guided Walking Tour by App

See Albuquerque’s historic spots and discover it’s history and legends, at your own pace, anytime, on this smart phone guided (GPS/APP) walking tour. On the tour you will see the old patio market, the San Felipe de Neri Church, a hidden chapel, the old trading post, the candy shop that dishes out Heisenberg blue the prop used on Breaking Bad, the Old Town Square, the outdoor conquistador’s statures, the hidden courtyard, and so much more. And I’ll share with you the history of Albuquerque, the native peoples, the legends and lore of rattle snakes and turquoise, the conquistadores, the settlers who founded the city, history of trade, and so much more. Go at your own pace and schedule. Feel free to pause the tour anytime to explore. The tour never expires.

Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

3. Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

Learn all there is to know about turquoise, the elegant gemstone, with an admission ticket to the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque. Inside the museum, find exhibitions that will appeal to all ages and interests. Educate yourself on mineralogy in the Science Gallery, admire the varying colors of turquoise at the Gallery of Mines, or learn about how turquoise is used around the world in the International Gallery.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

4. Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Albuquerque and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore sculpture gardens, museums, parks, churches and other interesting sights in the Old Town. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

5. Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about the mezclas de culturas (mix of cultures) that grew into today's New Mexico on this guided culture and heritage walking tour in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit centuries-old buildings and the revitalized Sawmill Market and taste local drinks. Starting at Hotel Albuquerque, visit places from Albuquerque’s past that have evolved over the years. See the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Gardens, Old Town Plaza, and an 1890s one-room schoolhouse. Complete your journey at the Sawmill Market.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour and Game

6. Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour and Game

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of Albuquerque, New Mexico while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your private group as the game guides you through the town. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. Explore Albuquerque, New Mexico at your own pace. See the historic Old Town Plaza, Tiguex Park, The Mother Church of Albuquerque, Casa de Armijo, and much more. Discover some of what makes this area so popular with both locals and tourists alike. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages. Work together with your group to solve the 19 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 1 mile. Play any time that fits your schedule.

Albuquerque’s Family Adventure: A Journey of Discovery

7. Albuquerque’s Family Adventure: A Journey of Discovery

“Albuquerque’s Family Adventure: A Journey of Discovery” is more than just a walking tour; it’s an opportunity for families to become explorers of knowledge, history, and fun in the heart of New Mexico. Each step of this tour unveils the enchanting gems of Albuquerque, inviting you and your loved ones to dive into interactive learning experiences, bask in the beauty of lush green parks, and wander through the historic streets that tell tales of a rich cultural past. From awe-inspiring dinosaur exhibits to the quaint charm of Old Town, this tour is a mosaic of memorable moments tailored to spark curiosity and joy in both kids and adults. Join us on this family-friendly adventure, where every experience is designed to strengthen bonds and create lasting family memories. Embark on this journey of discovery, and let Albuquerque reveal its wonders to you, making every family member a hero in their own adventure story.

Quirky Burque Scavenger Hunt

8. Quirky Burque Scavenger Hunt

Your creative, nontraditional scavenger hunt begins at a scenic spot that's a local favorite. You'll get your digital quest from your live and interactive remote host. Then you’ll take off on your own to experience a wide variety of carefully curated locations in town. You'll walk or drive to the various checkpoints as you interpret creative tasks, accept wacky challenges, and get outside your comfort zone! Both family and dog friendly, the game alternates between the indoors and outdoors, with plenty of bonus challenges too! You'll text photos and videos to your remote host, who cheers you on and assists, as you play - to document your progress. You can even interact with the locals to interpret the creative challenges. You won’t be able to avoid having fun, uncovering hidden gems and local secrets, making memories, laughing, and learning along the way! You’ll be part of the rich culture of this dynamic city! Every turn is full of surprises, so questions in advance are welcomed. Check out all 500 of our city hunts! Great for corporate groups, tourists, curious locals, bachelors(ettes), birthdays, families, friend trips, and other special groups! Ask us about our custom-designed experiences and virtual team builders too!

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What people are saying about Albuquerque

Overall rating

5.0
(40 reviews)

I had the pleasure of experiencing the Gems of Albuquerque - Family Walking Tour and it was an absolute delight! This tour offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and fun, making it an ideal outing for families. From the moment we set off, our knowledgeable guide led us on a captivating journey through the heart of Albuquerque. The tour was not only educational but also highly engaging. The guide's enthusiasm was contagious, and they had a knack for weaving fascinating stories about the city's past and present.

Great time with the Rainbow Riders 😃 Ballooning is a must and needs be done once in a lifetime, I am glad we did it in Albuquerque. Loved it and wich it could have lasted longer

The walking tour was very interesting. The guide, Mitch, was very knowledgeable and super nice.

A great way to get oriented to a new place with informative commentary. Great value for money!

It was a lot of fun. We would have missed some of the details of Old Town had we not listened.