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“What a ride!”

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Ranked #12 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
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Lake Elsinore, California
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“What a ride!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great museum
Lots of cool and interactive exhibits
Nice gift store
Wonderful views
Highly recommend
Lots for kids and adults, makes the history, science and art of ballooning come alive

Visited October 2012
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San Antonio
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fine way to spend an hour”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Although we were there during Balloon Fest when the museum was absolutely PACKED, it was still enjoyable and informative.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Balloon Fiesta is a must see!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We live in Santa Fe NM but every year we make reservations to stay in ABQ so we can get up early to attend the Annual Balloon Fiesta. This has to be one of the greatest things you will ever see in your life and I highly recommend visiting. There are so many balloons that at times it becomes overwhelming to take pictures. The food in the field is great. My tip is dress in several layers. And I mean several. At one point in the morning you are freezing but by the time the balloons are up you will need to take off a few layers.

Visited October 2012
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Wisconsin Rapids,WI
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The balloons did not launch on day 1, so we decided to take in the museum. There were many interesting displays and facts about the history of ballooning. Well worth the ticket price.

Visited October 2012
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Round Rock, Texas
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179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Shame on Tripadvisor for hiding this annual attraction”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

I had a hard time finding a place to review this annual event. It should be more visible and easier to find when searching the Albuquerque area for things to do.
I have attended this event twice.
Traffic is terrible, parking is terrible.
Expect to wait in line forever to get routed into parking spaces then stand in lines to catch a bus to the park, or expect to walk great distances from parking to the park.
Expect high prices for drinks and snack items.
Expect all entrance, parking, food and drink prices to be cash only. ATM's are on site.
Expect to bring lots of cash.
Expect lots of walking, but there are hundreds of electric carts that seem to ferry around the elderly. I don't have a clue how to go about getting on them.
Expect huge crowds.
Now expect a really nice experience. At dusk the balloons fill and "glow". The "glow" is of course the flame from the burner illuminating the interior of the balloon. There are lots of balloons Then expect a really nice fireworks display after dark.
Expect cool nights
Entrance prices are $8 for adults, children are free.
The next morning (early) hundreds (maybe not hundreds but lots) of balloons are launched and float overhead. Many land at nearby empty lots, parks, parking lots etc.
You probably won't want to go every year unless you are really into ballooning but I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy going at least once in their lifetime.
I suggest planning for this event well in advance. Getting a hotel room near the park will be EXPENSIVE compared to normal rates. I rented a car on both visits. The first time I stayed at a hotel some distance from the park for the lower rate but had to fight the long long long lines in slow traffic to get to the park. This was such a negative experience that the second time I attended I booked a nearby hotel at a really obscene rate.
My suggestion is to pay the obscene rate and stay within walking distance of the park and only go the the park for the "glow" and fireworks. The next morning don't even leave the hotel parking lot to watch the mass launch. You will be only a mile or less from the park and will have an excellent view without walking to the park.

Visited October 2012
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