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Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave NW
Open 7 days a week, 9-5
Admission charged. Under 3 free. Tickets are not sold after 4:30pm.
Discover aquatic habitats, including a walk-through eel cave and a 285,000-gallon shark tank. The Botanic Garden showcases the natural environment of the Rio Grande Valley through specialty gardens as well as desert and Mediterranean conservatories. The Garden currently encompasses 20 developed acres, including a 10,000 square foot glass conservatory housing native and exotic plants from desert and Mediterranean climate zones and a seasonal butterfly conservatory featuring hundreds of free-flying North American butterflies and moths. There is also a children's fantasy garden to explore.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW, (505) 243-7255.
Admission charged. 3 & under are free.
View permanent displays of the city's history along with traveling art exhibits from around the world.
Coronado State Monument and State Park
Open daily 8:30-5.
Drive through Corrales to Coronado State Monument and the remains of Kuaua Pueblo, where Spanish explorer Coronado is thought to have spent the winter of 1540-1541.
Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque
2100 Louisiana NE.
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. $4 13 and over, $2 children 2-12 and seniors. Visit
Explora, New Mexico's innovative, interactive learning center, features hands-on exhibits and other activities which encourage growth in knowledge of science, art, and the world's cultures. The museum welcomes visitors of all ages and is a popular destination for school groups and families alike.
Historic Old Town Shopping
More than 130 shops and galleries, housed in historic adobe buildings, are hidden among the patios and winding paths can be found in Old Town. Enjoy a wide variety of foods in the cafes and restaurants set in a casual atmosphere.