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“Charm gone; tourist trap” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Ranked #23 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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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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“Charm gone; tourist trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband and I love the plaza in Santa Fe and were looking forward to visiting Old Town in Albuquerque. We drove and as we got nearer, we started noticing all the chain-link fenced yards with bars on the doors and windows. Not to be detered, we parked our car, double-checked that it was locked and carried all our valuable with us. Still, the area did not feel safe. The center of Old Town is filled with historic buildings and there were lots of shops, but does anyone really need another to visit another tourist shop filled with cheap items from China? We were hoping to see jewelry and hand-made art from the people in the community but we did not see anything like that. We walked through quickly because we didn't feel safe, got back in our car and headed out.

Visited March 2013
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“Hasn't changed in 20 years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I've been traveling to Albuquerque for a long time and I've been to Old Town at least 15 times. It is always the same, clean and nice. My wife commented that there use to be more people selling jewelry on the street and she like that. Probably government regulating

Visited May 2013
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Place to be if your doing the tourist thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is the first place most people go while traveling on vacation. Just be careful of the vendors since they'll tell you some of the products are Native American which they may be made in China.

Visited March 2013
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El Morro, New Mexico, United States
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“Cultural”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Old Town is a very cultural area that is great for learning as well as a great shopping experience as there are lots of "New Mexican" items that can be found in almost every little shop around :)

Visited April 2013
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We felt very comfortable while in Old Town, all the shop personnel were more then happy to answer questions and suggest more places to visit.
More public restrooms are needed.

Visited April 2013
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