After nearly a dozen trips down there, I can confidently say that it is very family-friendly place, especially if you are interested in culture, diversity, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, and really great food.
|Old Town, Albuquerque|
Albuquerque is know for it's hot air balloon festival - which is quite the site to behold.
We managed to witness the last day of the festival last October (pictured above) and decided we absolutely had to check out the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum when we had a chance to actually spend some time in Albuquerque. So, the museum was our first stop that weekend.
|History of hot air ballooning exhibit|
|Space Exploration exhibit|
|Blurry group selfie...as good as we could get.|
|Arctic Air Exhibit with Nick's favorite - polar bear!!|
The exhibits were both fun and informative and there was a great hands-on section where the kids could learn about designing, building, and flying hot air balloons. The 4D movie was a big hit as well, anything with 3D glasses and airplane acrobatics is a winner with my kids.
The best part, only $4 per adult and $1 per child (ages 4-12 - kids 3 and under are free!) - so $11 for a fun and educational activity. The kids have already been asking to go back!
We also spend a lot of time walking around Old Town Albuquerque, which is my favorite area in any of the older cities we've visited (Santa Fe, San Diego, and even Colorado Springs).
|Lunch a Church Street Cafe...my favorite!|
|Clowning around at the Fountain in Old Town|
|Fun at the Gazebo|
|Trying to figure out how to work this Civil War reproduction canon...|
We ate lunch at one of my favorite restaurant finds, Church Street Cafe. My mom, sister and myself had actually stumbled upon this place when we were in Albuquerque over my birthday weekend and I had to get Nick and the kids there. It's incredibly delicious and the building is amazing. Here are some pics from my first visit there with my mom and Erica...
|Gorgeous kiva fireplace with a mosaic.|
|Loved the light fixtures!|
Here are some more pictures from around the square.
There is a really neat alley that leads to a couple of shops, galleries, and, most importantly, a coffee shop. Our favorite store in that area was Guerrilla Graphix. We grabbed a couple of bumper stickers, 2 posters (for Deacon and Dylan's room - you can see them in the previous post), and a Santa Fe tote bag. It's a really fun/quirky store and we could spend hours looking at their stuff. Here is some of the art work we discovered just in that alley...
|Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles.|
|Cute set-up outside of Velvet Coffeehouse.|
On our way home, we stopped by our favorite city, Santa Fe, to stretch our legs and squeeze every last bit of New Mexico out of our trip.
|The square at Santa Fe.|
|The kids really love this city...|
|So glad to be back!|
|One of my favorite places...|
And that about wraps it up! Lots of fun, food, and exploration in New Mexico :)
I'll be posting more about some of our trips to Santa Fe, Aztec, Roswell, and some of the towns in between as well as our epic road trip from last October to Joshua Tree. Fun times in some very fun places!