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“Old Town Albuquerque”

Old Town Albuquerque
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Ranked #9 of 220 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!
Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Old Town Albuquerque”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

When I lived in Albuquerque (1955-1963) two of our favorite restaurants were in "Old Town) "LaPlacita and LaHacienda - going to be in Albuquerque for a reunion of our 1962 WAC Championship football team. Hope to get to "Old Town" - I also graduated from Highland High School where played (and lost) in two Championship football games. And was a member of two state championship wrestling teams.

Visited September 2013
Thank Chuck C
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A bit more on the REAL side”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

I am a local now and have frequent visitors. Depending upon the length of the stay and other considerations, ABQ Old Town is something that should be on the list.

Sure everybody likes to say that they experienced SF during their NM visit, but ABQ Old Town has much of the same history without the high priced, foreigner run shops fed by pawn shops such you find in Zuni.

Bundle this with a Breaking Bad tour and you beat a day in SF by a mile.

Visited July 2014
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Sight Seeing/Food”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Historical Sites and Authenic Southwest Cuisine to be found in the surrounding plaza. Shopping is also fun and the museums and hotels have the historical feel with a modern flair as well. In addition, the Japanese Spa is not far from the plaza if you choose to schedule an appointment.

Visited December 2013
Thank Gloria P
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Columbus, Texas
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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Non-shopper Loved it Here”
Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

You go to Old Town for two reasons; taking in the old time atmosphere and shopping. I am a girl who hates shopping, but I really loved this. I was very impressed with the quality of the items in most of the shops. So many handmade goods! How to decide! I especially loved the Artist Market where the middle man is cut out, and licensed craftsmen have their goods displayed on blankets. There is a special connection you make when you buy an item straight from the creators hand.

Visited July 2014
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Waterville, Minnesota
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fun time shopping”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very quait little shops, All the little shops had a lot of different things to offer any shopper. From jewery, t-shirts, pottery, clothing, candy and many other products. Stop for a bite to eat in an outside patio area. very good fried Ice cream and smoothies.

Visited August 2014
Thank B J
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