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Review of Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque
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$15.00*
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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!
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“Shop 'til you drop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

With quaint little shops and streetside vendors selling everything you can imagine, scenic old buildings and church, great little restaurants, this is a must for every visitor to Albuquerque.

Visited March 2013
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“Lots of fun.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Unique area of town, lots of restaurants and shops, and great murals and architecture. Good place for people watching.

Visited March 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Fun, but not much for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Rattlesnake museum was really nice. Small, but the boys loved it and it was not expensive to get in. The live music was nice to sit and listen too. The balloon store was good. But, not much for little ones to do.

Visited March 2013
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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“A piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We walked into Old Town from a car park & as it opened out before us we saw a delightful place, everywhere was so colorful. The art galleries have some lovely exhibits in their windows, the place feels happy & friendly. No one was trying to push you to buy things. Jewelry & ceramics seemed to be the most popular craft items for sale. There were quaint little courtyards with tumbling flowers, a good Visitor Center & a super ice-cream parlor. The church of San Felipe to Neri was lovely too.

Visited June 2012
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“Old Albuquerque Charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place far exceeded my expectations! It is very charming and beautiful. The small streets around the square are beautifully renovated and the green square is amazing. You can buy very beautiful tribal jewelry in the many quaint shops in the area.

Visited August 2012
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