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Old Town Albuquerque

Address: Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505 2468677
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Ranked #23 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza and church surrounded by homes and businesses. Many of the historic homes are still standing and some have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants.Stroll the Plaza, dine at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums, take a guided tour or shop at over 150 stores and galleries for unique gifts from the Southwest and around the world.Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos beckon you to stop, relax in the shade,watch the world go by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine.Shopping in Old Town is a truly delightful experience. Unique items from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios.When in New Mexico, eat like New Mexicans! Enjoy the spice & flair of our traditional cuisine. Savor delightful dishes prepared with CHILE. It comes in red or green and is made from recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the dozen restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the All-American hamburger to fine Continental cuisine.For over three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is a Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. Old Town is located just off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South) to the entrance at Mountain Road.Old Town. In 1937, Route 66 was changed from its original route to a straightened east-west road along Central Avenue. Route 66 meets the Camino Real (now Rio Grande Blvd.) at Old TownOn the plaza you will find replicas of two cannons which were buried in Old Town by retreating Confederate troops during a Civil War skirmish in Albuquerque (April 8-9, 1862). The original cannons are in the Albuquerque Museum. ENTERTAINMENT - Experience a series of weekly entertainment & cultural presentations that will delight the whole family. The series content and line-ups change from week to week throughout the summer & early fall. Don’t miss the Salsa Fiesta in August or the Holiday Stroll & Luminaria Tours in December.LUMINARIAS (Farolitos) - Thousands of visitors and residents come to Old Town on Christmas Eve and during the Holiday Stroll (first Friday in December) to see the spectacular display of luminarias. Candles are set in a bed of sand inside the bottom of a paper bag. When lit, theycreate a golden glow. Thousands of luminarias line the Church, Plaza, streets and walkways of Old Town!

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

My overall experience in the Old Town was a definite positive one. The Indian Tribe Vendors were friendly and fun to talk to. Their prices on jewelries were definitely cheap and the designs were pretty (bought 3 pairs of earrings). On top of that, I really liked the store, 'T-shirt Company'. This shop is located in one of the corner... More 

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48 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I enjoyed walking around OT, but definitely it caters to the tourist, I guess which I qualify as since I was from out of town. The buildings were cool and it was a quick visit so you could see the other sights in town. Honestly, this was the only "tourist" place I did as I was on a business trip,... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The old town is lovely but not very large. I expected something a bit bigger. The stores are a bit touristy but a good place to find gifts for family and friends. The eateries are what you would expect and are certainly adequate. A nice place to visit to get a bit of a feel for the old west.

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Richmond, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I'm here on a weekday in December, but too many of the shops are CLOSED, one shop owner told me, "It's really slow!" But Idid enjoy the the Natual History Museum...especially the Panda National Geographic Film.

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New York City, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a small and nice place to walk around and enjoy the stores (all have very similar stuff). The church is simple, but beautiful. The streets and main square are clean. Chairs with a very old design offer you a chance to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There is an interesting book store across from the church, and... More 

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Columbus, Wisconsin
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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were visiting from Wisconsin and really enjoyed our stop in Old Town. Some great shops with local vendors. In addition to the old town history. Would recommend spending at least half a day to go through everything. Take time and look around as a lot of the shops sell similar products at varying prices.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

There is little of historical value here. It's primarily a place to shop. A lot of tourist trap stuff but there are some nice places such as "San Fipe de Neri" church, the "Backstree Grill" and "Gallery 8". I was a bit disappointed overall as I was expecting more of historical interest. If you like shopping you will like "Old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is such a nice place to visit. I bought some jewelery from one of the sidewalk vendors. The church is beautiful inside. Great shopping. The Christmas tree was a wonderful bonus.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Yes, I know it's "Old Town"; hence, it's old. I've been here before when I was much younger, and I recall a place more vibrant, more active, more authentic than what I found this visit. Lots and lots of tourist traps selling junk and trinkets but scattered amongst them are some genuinely nice galleries with unique pieces and native-made jewelery.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Many years ago when I traveled to Albuquerque I was very impressed with the charm and history of the Old Town. Now that I am living here, it is still my favorite place to visit. Wonderful shopping, good dining options, great Native-American art and a lovely gazebo with most enjoyable live entertainment are not to be missed in town.

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