Econo Lodge Old Town
2321 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: (505) 243-8475
Fax: (505) 243-4205
Take a walk through history around Albuquerque's original central plaza, a serene area that has been the focal point of community life since 1706. You can explore the historic buildings, museums, restaurants and bars. Wrought iron and adobe bancos (benches) beckon you to rest in the shade and watch people stroll. Unique items from around the world, as well as those distinctively Southwestern, can be found in more than 100 shops and boutiques.
This is a nationally-known award-winning ensemble of want to be gunslingers. They don cowboy apparel and strap on shooting irons and gun each other down several times each Sunday afternoon in Old Town. During the week, the group's president, Darrell, works in a clothing store, while Eric, the vice-president, does maintenance. Perhaps the most avid is French-born Rene, who is a computer scientist for the Intel Corporation. The carnage begins at 1:30p, 2:30p and 3:30p on the Plaza. There is no charge. You may want to bring earplugs.
As part of the ABQ BioPark, this is an awesome orchestration of natural wonder. Sleek and graceful sharks glide about a 285,000-gallon climate controlled simulated natural habitat. Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico is contained and capsulated in this state-of-the-art facility which brings life from the exotic seas to the high desert. Among the oceanic life exhibited, you will see stingrays, sand tigers, sea horses and sea dragons. Albuquerque Aquarium is definitely a must-visit to marvel at the aquatic life!
San Felipe de Neri is the visual, geographical and spiritual heart of Old Town. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original Pueblo-style building was constructed in 1793; the distinctive Gothic wooden steeples were added in 1861. Rose gardens welcome the visitor to the church's front courtyard. Stepping into the cool interior you will discover beautiful tin work, vigas (wooden beams) and five feet thick adobe walls.
When you walk through the doors of this Old Town museum and shop, you may find yourself warily glancing behind the door. But there are no snakes slithering about the store, their crawl space is in the back room where you will find the most complete collection of live rattlesnake species in the world. Once you have toured the museum, return to the gift shop where rattlesnake memorabilia is sold.
Take a walk through time from the big bang through the ice ages in one of the premier natural history museums in the country. Also, discover a great collection of massive dinosaurs while you watch technicians work on actual fossils. You can also experience the Dynamax Theater with its multi-story screen and super sound system. Step into the Time Machine and stop by the Lode Star Center that includes a high-tech, 175-seat theater, telescope and planetarium. The STARTUP Gallery tells the story of Albuquerque's role in the development of the computer. The Nature Works store in the museum features a unique inventory of items related to dinosaurs, birds, and various species of animals and scientific gadgets.
Learn and play at a center that challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, learn and critically think. Explore art, science, technology, culture and fun. The museum contains a collection of over 250 interactive science, technology and art exhibits such as an experiment bar and a high-wire bike and robotics lab. Demonstrations, theatre performances and a variety of programs and activities are also offered. The museum store provides a wide array of bilingual and educational items.
The Indian Pueblo Culture Center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. Visit the museums, galleries and gift shops where more than 305,000 visitors annually experience the culture, art and history of pueblo life. Children are welcome to join hands-on experiences in the Pueblo House Children's Museum. Art and craft workshops, various Indian Rites and many special celebrations and events are planned throughout the year. The Pueblo Harvest Cafe serves great New Mexican and Native American dishes at reasonable prices.
This architectural gem earned its unusual name when Isleta Pueblo governor, Pablo Abeita, suggested KiMo, which means "king of its kind" The theater's pueblo/deco architectural style and lavish interior murals make it a true picture palace. Built in 1927 it was one of the main stopping centers during the glory days of Route 66 (Central Avenue). Young entertainers who graced its stage included the likes of Vivian Vance, Gloria Swanson, Tom Mix and Ginger Rogers. The KiMo seats 700 comfortably with an orchestra pit for 30-40 musicians.
From concerts to camping, from fishing to nature trails all can be done at the West Bluff Park. Located in Bernalillo County, West Bluff Park is one of the best recreation parks Albuquerque has got.
Located in heart of the city, Amy Biehl High School is the First Urban High School in Albuquerque. It is housed in the Post Office Building, which is historically significant. The 52,000 sq. foot structure was remodeled and renovated and now it is a grand school building.
Along the Rio Grande, the city of Albuquerque has set aside hundreds of acres for your enjoyment. Tingley Aquatic Park (Tingley Beach) is a great place for picnics and family gatherings. At the Rio Grande Zoological Park you can see exotic animals from around the globe and check out the ABQ BioPark Aquarium. Then take a leisurely stroll through the thousands of plants in the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Call ahead for more details.