Top 10 Albuquerque Free and Cheap Summer Activities
1. Click the refresh button on life by visiting these beautiful city pools. http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/swimming.
They normally cost 25 cents for kids between 0-5 y/o, $1.50 for kids 6-12 y/o, $2 for teen and $2.25 for adults.
2. This summer, the libraries have an all ages reading program, including for adults. It’s a free program where you could win prizes as well participate in various activities. Register in any public library in the city. http://abclibrary.org/summerreading
3. Visiting the Biopark is like arriving at an oasis in our high desert heat. This place borders the Rio Grande and spans the historic Barelas neighborhood from Central Ave. toward the South. Its a great place to explore all of New Mexico’s plants and animals, visit marine life through the inside of an aquarium and get to know more about the entire animal kingdom. Buy your tickets during the morning of June 20th, between 6-10AM for free entry the entire day. Normally single entry for these tickets cost $9 for adults and $4 for kids (3-12 y/o).
4. During the summer Old town is the perfect place for a family outing or a date with your partner. Here you can sit (or dance) next to the plaza’s gazebo listening to the best live regional music. Get to know the upcoming events this summer and don’t forget to visit all the small businesses, cafes and restaurants. Our media team recommends Old Town Pizza for a great food find, as well as Santísima to find the most creative, local-made gifts.
5. If you have children and want something to do that free and fun, there’s no better place than Silva Lanes, an air conditioned building where kids get to bowl for free all summer long. This summer register your kids at these lanes.
6. Summerfest, includes street parties on the most famous highway in the U.S., Route 66 (Central Ave.), as well as in the Heights, concerts in Downtown, and on the Westside. Concerts that are free, diverse food truck fare, carnival atmosphere, what more do you want? If you have come to this before you know you can’t miss it. This year the list of must see acts in nob hill, downtown, and other parts of the city include Sheila E, Mala Maña, Miguelito and many more. For more information visit http://rt66central.com/rt66summerfest.html & Summerfest websites.
7. The Rail Yards Market project has finally re-awoken the historic heart of the city that for many years was considered mostly abandoned. This place means a lot to the neighborhoods surrounding this area, especially to the descendants of the rail yard workers. The purpose of this project is for folks to experience the essence of our city, to build a strong community and robust local economy. Everything that’s sold here is local and the stages are filled with local talent from our region. It kicks off at 9AM every Sunday till November. For more info visit: railyardsmarket.org as well as barelas.net
8. The trees, the smoke of a good and secure fire, the sounds of creeks entering the Pecos River, pretty relaxing no? Camping is an excellent way to get away from this heat and the stress of the city. Get to know everything about the best camping sites in the state here. Our team recommends sites around Pecos, NM in the Santa Fe National Forest, especially Jacks Creek, for more info visit: http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/southwst/safecmp.htm#jacks creek
9. Not to far away from our city is the Sandia Crest park. At 10 K feet and almost 20 degrees cooler than downtown, this place is another oasis for the senses, while also a great place to learn about our ecosystem in which we live. These mountains are known as “Sky Islands”, and are important to the biodiversity of our region. We include a map to get there: http://bit.ly/1lDiDGQ
10. With longer days come more opportunities to watch the sunset at the edge of the river amidst the Bosque. Visit the Bosque’s refreshing microclimates and refresh yourself as you stroll and ponder the beauty of life. Visit this site to prepare your visit: http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/lands/paseo-del-bosque-trail