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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 2468677
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Ranked #26 of 125 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

There are numerous "tourist trap" like shops off the main plaza but there are many more unique shops located all around Old Town! it can take a few hours to visit but it is well worth it!

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Quaint area, some vestiges of what it must have been. Nice to look at and stroll around, but it is mostly tacky shops selling souvenirs. Some nice art to consider, much less expensive than Santa Fe, and smaller.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Just off the interstate Old Town has loads of different unique shopping. Browsed various shops and bought items ranging from home made candy to Christmas ornaments to native jewelry. Got a smokin’ deal on a silver ring. Had a great time shopping which is something I don’t say often.

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

...the fact that Albuquerque has kept its old town is important to the history and urban character of the City. I recommend sitting and absorbing the historic essence and if you like to sketch, there are many images (and people) to capture. Be sure to go to the Albuquerque Art & History Museum while you're in the area and ask... More

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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88 reviews 88 reviews
57 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

While traveling through en-route to Santa Fe we stopped to walk around Old Town. Old Town Plaza was an interesting focal point. It was late afternoon and the atmosphere of town seemed very relaxed. People scattered throughout that small park were playing instruments. Another young man on the bandstand was busy rehearsing a dance routine of some kind. There was... More

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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I had to go to Old Town as I wanted to see and photograph the old church. Not impressed with the shopping alternatives. There is one good café there. Doesn't take long to see what is offered. Certainly not a place to find bargains.

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Calgary, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

There were some very nice galleries and stores, but nothing much different from other "Old Towns" we have visited. It is worth a visit though.

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The chapel and the church were beautiful to see. The shopping, candy shops and restaurants were just like all other old towns. The large souvenir shop was outrageously overpriced. I realized on this trip that I really don't need to go to anymore old towns.

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Amarillo, TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Almost everyone enjoys Old Town Albuquerque, but to me it is just another place out to take my money. Over emphasis on shopping for overpriced tourist products.

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Marina del Rey, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This area has some old buildings built around a grassy town square. It is completely touristy with a few restaurants and all the shops selling very similar Indian jewelry and pots. There is also an old church.

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