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“Touristy, but historic”

Old Town Albuquerque
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Ranked #9 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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!
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Touristy, but historic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I wouldn't go to ABQ for a visit to Old Town, but I wouldn't leave without stopping there. If you have any appreciation of history, Old Town gives you a sense of the west as it once was. Check the back nooks for local (vs. strictly touristy) spots.

Visited January 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Just another tourist trap in a historic location. Sure there is some history - if you know how to find it; but its mostly just a place to get over priced trinkets.

Visited September 2012
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“Cute place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

I love all "Old Towns". No matter what state I'm in.
The old buildings are cute and fun to shop in.
Good place for souvenirs and a fun place for your out of town guests.
Plus they usually have good music in the courtyard.

Visited June 2012
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Albuquerque, NM
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“Great place to bring visitors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

When visitors are in town, this is a great place to bring them. There are great little shops, nice places to grab a bite and stroll around the plaza, remembering times of the past. Stop in San Felipe de Neri Church for a little spiritual renewal and chat with the local Native American artisans (and buy a piece of their work).

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

So much to see here. There's everything from work by local artists, local products, home goods, souvenirs, christmas; which each shop is happy to tell you about. Some great little places to eat, grab a snack, grab a drink. One of the good things about Old Town is you can be there for a quick visit or you could be there for hours. I'd suggest allowing plenty of time to stroll around and poke around in lots of stores, cafes.

Visited January 2013
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