Top 10 Free Albuquerque Activities

Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico
Signage at Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico. Peter Unger/Getty Images

If you’re itching to get out and get going ​but seriously strapped for cash, you’re in luck. In Albuquerque, there are plenty of things you can do for fun, and they’re all free.

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A view of Albuquerque, New Mexicos downtown Civic Plaza on September 02, 2013
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Revitalized Downtown Albuquerque offers a wide variety of shops and places to browse while you discover the new in this old area, such as Maisel’s, Lindy’s, and the historic KiMo Theater. Wander the streets from Edith to 12th, and from Lead to Lomas.

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Flea Market

Selection of hats at the flea market
Albuquerque Flea Market 

More than 1,300 vendors spread out across the 25-acre weekend flea market to 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.

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Albuquerque Farmers Markets

Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market
Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market

Find locally grown food, from fresh produce to meats, cheeses and delicious baked goods at the farmers' markets around the city. Each market has its own special "flavor" and its own seasonal hours.

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Maxwell Museum

Pueblo Pottery Display at the Maxwell
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology 

With more than 10,000 artifacts and galleries that feature permanent and short-term exhibits, Maxwell offers a unique cultural perspective on life in the Southwest. The museum is located on the  UNM Campus, between Las Lomas and Central, just east of University.

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Meteorite and Geology Museums

Holsinger Meteorite (path included)
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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.

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Old Town

San Felipe De Neri Church In Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Old Town is the perfect place to stumble upon a new secret in Albuquerque. Travel up and down alleyways browsing shops and galleries, discovering treasures, or sit on the plaza and people watch. Start the journey at Central and ​the Rio Grande.​

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Open Space

nature man landscape fitness inspiration in Albuquerque
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Over 28,000 acres of open space has 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.

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Petroglyph Park

Petroglyph of wolf
 Petroglyph National Monument

See up to 150 ancient petroglyphs along three self-guided trails in Petroglyph Park. Petroglyphs are images that were etched or pecked into boulders and rocks.

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Taste Wine

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Many of Albuquerque's wineries and vineyards offer up free tastings for oenophiles. Stop by to try some wine or take a tour to discover what it takes to get the most out of grapes.

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Visit a Tap Room

Cask Fest at Canteen Brewhouse
 Canteen Brewhouse

Find out how beer is made and taste six styles of beer at Canteen Brewhouse (formerly Il Vicino Brewery), right in the heart of Albuquerque. The company has won 140 local, national, and international awards for its selection of suds, including the  Flashback IPA, High Plains Pils, and Pecos Trail Brown Ale.

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