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Best Hidden Gems in Albuquerque

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Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

With more than 10 million curated items, this museum on the University of New Mexico campus offers a large collection regarding human history and culture. The museum houses two permanent exhibits. "Ancestors" showcases the four million year history of the evolution of humankind. "People of the Southwest" is an in-depth record of 11,000 years of Southwestern culture. Other dynamic exhibits and a lecture series offer interpretations of man's history across the globe.

1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87131
Meteorite Museum

Northrup Hall at the University of New Mexico is better known as the Earth and Planetary Sciences Building. For years, this branch of the university has dedicated itself to researching and teaching about space and its wonders. On the first floor, a wonderful little museum documents the discovery of meteorites that have been found worldwide. The brochure provided for each visitor explains each specimen that is on display, and someone is always available to answer any questions you may have. There is no admission fee.

200 Yale Boulevard, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87106
Bataan Memorial Park

This beautiful park was named "Bataan Memorial Park " in 1943 after the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiments that fought in WWII. In 2002, a walkway with granite pillars carved with veterans names was also added to the park. Today, the park remains a fitting tribute to the soldiers as well as a relaxing park with plenty of trees and wide grassy fields. This is the perfect spot for a picnic, as well as the ideal spot to remember those who served America.

Lomas Boulevard Northeast & Tulane Drive Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87106
Telephone Museum of New Mexico

Explore three floors of exhibits to learn more about the telephone then you ever thought was possible at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Walk through the exhibits and see items from Alexander Graham Bell's workshop, photographs, switchboards, hundreds of different types of telephones, and more. Find out about unsung heroes like Susan Parks, a switchboard operator was able to inform the U.S.A. army about the attack by Pancho Villa during the actual attack. Her switchboard is on display, and you can even see bullet holes. Children will love the Learning Center with its hands-on displays and make sure you stop by the gift shop before you leave.

110 4th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87102
McDuffie Park

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to McDuffie Park. Through it can be tough to find (and even find the entrance to), once inside it is the perfect place to take a walk, ride a bike, or even take a quick nap. Many locals also enjoy a picnic lunch here on sunny afternoons.

McDuffie Place, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87110
Coronado Dog Park

This fenced dog park is the perfect place to take your dog off leash and let him play. Take a seat on one of the benches or picnic tables and watch as the dogs run around. With a mixture of trees and lawns, there's plenty of shade as well as space to explore. Whether you have the large park just for yourselves or other dogs are frolicking around, this is the perfect spot to bring your animal friend.

301 McKnight Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87102
New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS)

Watch as NMSL&RHS volunteers restore the impressive Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926. Originally built in 1944, this colossal locomotive is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit during open hours and learn about the rebuilding process as well as take a short tour. Who knows, you might just sign up to volunteer yourself.

1833 8th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87102
Casa Esencia

Dance the night away at the sophisticated Casa Esencia. Every Friday night, this upscale entertainment venue turns into a trendy nightclub. Set up like a house, with multiple rooms providing different music, you can find exactly what you want. There is even an outdoor courtyard dance floor so you can dance under the stars. If you get tired head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail created by a mixologist and relax in a lounge. Reserve a VIP table and get treated like a star as you listen to top DJs spin tunes. Make sure you dress up since the club has a dress code.

800 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest, Suite D, Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87104
Buffett's Candies

For 30 years, this candy maker has supplied people around the world with mouth-watering sweets. A giant candy cane leans against the doorway and has been a landmark in Albuquerque for decades. This would not be a true New Mexican candy shop unless it used pinon nuts in some of its confections. Chocolate covered pinons range reasonably in price. One of Buffet's signature items is The Horny Toad, confections that lie on a bed of pecan or pinon and are draped with dark or milk chocolate. Dozens of other assorted candies are also available.

7001 Lomas North East, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87110
The Back Porch Day Spa

The tranquil setting of the Back Porch Day spa is apt for relaxing and rejuvenating. Pamper yourself with the Sweet Surrender and Evening Encore among a few packages. Soothe and soften your skin. Relax the knotted muscles and let the worries fade. The Shea cocoa butter, herbal soaked linens and the scent of pure Vanilla, combined with skilled services of the masseurs guarantee pleasure. The skin brightening treatment does wonders for your complexion. Get revitalized and let the people get envious of your glowing and clear skin.

8525 Indian School Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87112
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

This one-of-a-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 Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum facility overlooks the field from which balloons take off during the world-renowned annual Balloon Fiesta.

9201 Balloon Museum Drive Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87113
Paseo del Bosque Trail

Paseo del Bosque Trail is a sixteen mile multi-purpose paved trail located inside the Rio Grande Valley State Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was constructed in 1970s and since then it has been a hot spot for bikers. You can enjoy relaxed a day out, walking around the trail with your pet or choose to explore it on a bike. The visitors information site is located close by where you can gather all necessary information, both historical and ecological. It has been featured in the Sunset Magazine as the best trails in western US!

Paseo del Bosque Trail, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 87104
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