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Albuquerque Old Town
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US$15.00*
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Ranked #29 of 236 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty and charm of Old Town Albuquerque! Founded in 1706, Old Town centers around the Plaza and San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793. Surrounding historic homes and buildings have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Stroll the Plaza, dine at great restaurants, stay at a bed & breakfast or nearby hotels, take a bicycle or trolley tour, visit museums and shop at retail shops and galleries for handmade gifts. Hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and fountains await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos welcome you to relax in the shade, or enjoy our wonderful New Mexico sunshine. Savor traditional New Mexican traditional dishes prepared with red and green chile, great steaks, and even classic country French cuisine. Old Town is located south of Interstate 40 (take Rio Grande Blvd. at exit 157 and head south).
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We love Old Town, great food (Church Street Cafe is the best), benches under the big, old shade trees, the Treasure House book store stuffed with selections about New Mexico and the southwest, even the South American flute players are great!

If you are looking for Native American jewelry at fantastic prices, go to Tanner Galley. You will find both sterling silver and gold, the best artists and contemporary as well as traditional pieces.

Depending on when you visit, there may be bands playing on the plaza, processions of different organizations, celebrations of feast days and more. Old Town in ABQ is New Mexico history made new every day.

Thank Michaela H
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

if you are in Albuquerque you have to stop in old town. great old town fell good deals buying jewelry from the local indians. lots of shopping and restaurants

Thank Bart N
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Finally Old Towne supports local artists. For awhile it was mostly Made in China stuff. So excited to see local artist shops. The Old church and square is awesome

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We've been going to Old Town for years, and we always make a point to get down there when we are in Albuquerque. There's a variety of shops as well as an area reserved specifically for local vendors selling handmade items. My personal favorite place to visit is the hat shop - they have a large variety of hats and accessories, often times in hard-to-find sizes.

Thank Dave K
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I wish we had had more time to spend in Albuquerque’s charming old downtown, as one hour was not enough. We were driving through and needed desperately to find a yellow New Mexico T-shirt and silver earrings. We found both, wandered through several boutiques, admired the town plazas, and spoke to many locals who were selling their own jewelry.

The downtown area isn’t huge, and there is public parking, so this is an area you can visit in probably 2 to 3 hours.

2  Thank Cherry_Wonderdog
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