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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #24 of 123 attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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... more » 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! « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Quaint little area, interesting for the history and representative architecture The San Felipe de Neri church alone makes the visit worthwhile. Other than that, it's about what one would expect from an "old town" district -- a mix of souvenir shops (some with interesting local items, others with standard take-home cups, shirts, etc.), independent arts and crafts, and restaurants. We... More

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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Spent the day shopping and waking around. Parking was only $3 and lots of fun little shops. Loved buying jewelry directly from Native American artists--that was worth the whole trip.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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178 reviews 178 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

As a history buff it pains me to be so critical of this attraction. Other than the church and the actual plaza layout there is not much that evokes the Spanish colonial era. The plaza and environs is filled with tacky souvenir shops. There are only a couple of shops with items that might merit your attention. Restaurants are so... More

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Granbury, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Walkable and approachable, it's like an easier, smaller, less expensive version of Santa Fe. Worth visiting for all the shops. Has several eating places as well.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Unlike the touristy and expensive Santa Fe town square, Old Town Albuquerque retains a "real" flavor reminiscent of a locals destination. You can show up on Saturday night and experience all kinds of music on the square -from country, to Native American to salsa and chamber music...kinda cool. Many art stores abound, with galleries filled with works from local artists.... More

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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We walked around Old Town and looked through the shops and the beautiful church. I enjoyed the whole experience. Santa Fe is probably prettier, but it also has a more expensive feel to it. It was nice to be able to buy some fairly priced souvenirs. I recommend visiting Old Town.

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are in Albuquerque, this is the place to come and get all your t-shirts, candies and memorable trinkets. It's nice that it's all centralized in one spot. There is plenty of parking (starting at $3/day) so not an issue.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I visit here every year with my family and we always have a great time walking around the little area and looking inside the beautiful church. The wild west show they put on is a nice touch but parking is a nightmare. The shops are nice for souvenirs , we usually walk the whole area in about 2-3 hours. The... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We moved to NM n February and visited Old Town each time a family member comes into town. The town is fun to visit for family members, but does get old if you have visited before. The best part she a few of the shops, church, and pretty plaza. I would visit at least once.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Wow, where to start? The thousand crappy tourist shops selling junk jewelry, vases and Breaking Bad tee-shirts? How about "the original" "La Hacienda" restaurant that serves watery salsa and rancid-tasting chile con queso and fajitas with gray beef? My kid had a corn dog and chips for $6.95 and my other son had a quesadilla like the kind I make... More

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