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“A touch of old New Mexico”

Albuquerque Old Town
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$15.00*
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Ranked #9 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The center of community life in the city. Founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern with a plaza at its center and a church surrounded by homes and businesses. Most of the historic homes are still inhabited and many have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Stroll the Plaza, dine al fresco at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums and shop at over 150 fine retail shops and galleries for handmade gifts from the Southwest and around the world. Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, vibrant flower gardens and dramatic balconies await your discovery and selfies. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos welcome you to relax in the shade. Watch the tumbleweeds blow by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine. Shopping in Old Town is an incomparable ethnographic experience. One of a kind handcrafted treasures from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in so many fabulous shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios. When in New Mexico, you should eat like we New Mexicans eat! Enjoy the spice & flair of New Mexican traditional cuisine. Savor complex dishes prepared with red and green chillis. It comes in red or green based upon its drying time and genetics, and is incorporated into recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the many restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the famous bacon green chilli cheeseburger to ambient fine dining. For over three centuries Old Town has been the heart of the Southwest. It is the most important Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose brave ancestors founded the city. Old Town is found off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South).
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The zocolo, church and buildings surrounding them are most reminiscent of those of the town and villages of Mexico that I have visited. Also a good place to buy authentic Indian made jewerly directly from the artists themselves. Worth a visit just to experience a taste of how things use to be.

Thank Bill C
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a great place to spend the day or an afternoon walking around to all of the shops. They have everything from top-end galleries to the wonderful tourist tokens and souvenirs. There are street vendors selling hand made jewelry. Visit the beautiful church on the north side of the square.
Plenty of eats. It's a don't miss in Albuquerque.

1  Thank Carol S
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I love Old Town and visit frequently on my trips to Abq. Restaurants & shops are in the old village buildings and the old church and plaza are the heart of Old Town.

Thank margaret b
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great area, good shopping, personable shopkeepers. A real authentic feel, good food and friendly people. We found lots of souvenirs!

Thank laenie
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I happened to be in Albuquerque on a business trip. I took two co-worker to the Old Town area to buy some gifts since it was their first trip to ABQ. Low and behold we walked up on a movie being filmed in Old Town ABQ. It was a movie on the American Doll who comes to life in the movies. It was cool to see the actors and all the props that go along with the production. They even put on a parade with an old early circa 1900s fire engine; that was still running. Way to go ABQ.

Thank BigTJ
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