You’re itching to get out and get going but seriously strapped for cash. You’re in luck, because in Albuquerque, there are plenty of things you can do for fun, and they’re all free.
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What: Over 1,300 vendors on 25 acres sell old and new items, handmade products, food, collectibles and more. There’s always something to eat, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the funnel cake on a cold morning. This is a great place to bring out of town visitors.
Where: Enter at Gate 9, Louisiana and Central
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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What: With over 10,000 artifacts and galleries that feature permanent and short-term exhibits, the Maxwell offers a unique cultural perspective on life in the Southwest.
Where: UNM Campus, between Las Lomas and Central, just east of University
When: Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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What: The University of New Mexico Meteorite and Geology Museums provide a glimpse at some of the most interesting rocks around. Find street parking several blocks away and walk to campus.
Where: The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (Northrop Hall) is north of Central near Yale, on campus.
When: The Meteorite Museum Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Geology Museum from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday - Friday
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What: A place to browse and discover something new about the oldest part of Albuquerque. Travel up and down alleyways browsing shops and discovering treasures, or sit on the plaza and people watch.
Where: At Central and Rio Grande
When: Anytime, but check vendors for shop hours if you plan to browse the galleries and stores.
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What: Over 28,000 acres of open space land have been set aside by the City of Albuquerque in the form of open lands, bike and hiking trails, and parks. The Open Space Visitor Center provides a great place to start in deciding where to go and what to do, or just take a walk from there.
Where: The Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW
When: Visitor Center hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours for specific parks and spaces vary by location.
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What: See up to 150 ancient petroglyphs along three self-guided trails. Petroglyphs are images that were etched or pecked into boulders and rocks. Parking requires a modest fee.
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Off Unser Boulevard at Montano’s western end, on the Albuquerque Westside.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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