So many stops on our 6.5 week road trip around the U.S. deserve their own posts. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get a chance to cover all our travels, but today we’re spilling about Albuquerque, NM!
As a Florida girl through and through, I was surprised how much I loved experiencing the Southwest. I’ve never spent any extended time on that side of the country and it really is amazing. It’s fierce and beautiful. And parts of Arizona and New Mexico just took my breath away!
At nearly the very end of our trip, we stopped for two nights in Albuquerque and it was the kids first time visiting New Mexico. We tried to give them a taste for the Southwest even though it wasn’t a long trip! We kept everyone in sunscreen and sunglasses, and drank plenty of water because it is DRY, folks.
We started out by visiting the historic Old Town. The kids loved exploring and checking out the distinctive architecture.
In the plaza’s gazebo they got their wiggles out by racing around before we attended the gorgeous historic church of San Felipe de Neri for Mass.
The church was built in 1793! And it’s just stunning. The inside is even more beautiful, but I always feel weird taking photos inside churches. So, you’ll have to use your imagination.
While you’re in Old Town, be sure to stop by the Church St. Cafe for lunch!
The Albuquerque BioPark
We took a siesta before heading to the BioPark for the afternoon. There was more than enough to do, so we started in the Aquarium to escape the midday heat.
Then we strolled the Botanical Gardens. The kids are still talking about the gardens which look like they’re right out of a fairytale!
We highly recommend the BioPark if you’re traveling with children. You could spend the whole day there!
The Flying Star
After it was suggested by a few readers, we tried the Flying Star Cafe and it was delicious!
Lots of great options for food allergies, too, including gluten-free pancakes which made our kids so happy.
We stayed at the Nativo Lodge which has tons of southwestern flare and offers several rooms that have been painted by artists. We stayed in one and it was stunning.
Our kids were obsessed with the decor.
The hotel included it’s own restaurant which is a blessing from above when traveling with small children.
The Indian Fry Bread was amazing and they had red chili and green chili sauce for everything.
I wish we’d had another full day spend in Albuquerque because there were bunches of things we couldn’t cram in to our visit! The kids were really disappointed that we didn’t have a chance to take the summer chairlift ride up to Sandia Peak. Next time 😉
Have you ever been to Albuquerque? What are your recommendations for food and fun there?
A big thanks to the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau for helping us set up this trip!