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5 Albuquerque Date Ideas You Have to Try

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is famous for its International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. If you're in the area in early October, you and your date will be able to experience this bucket list event. However, if you are in Albuquerque during the rest of the year, you're not out of luck! There are several companies in Albuquerque that offer balloon rides.

This date won't disappoint. Experience breathtaking views from the sky and cross this experience off of your bucket list together. Book your ride here.



Pro Tip: Plan your ride around the sunrise or sunset for an extra special experience!


Pricing: Balloon rides start at $199/ person for a 1 hour flight.


Eat at a Charming Restaurant in Old Town


Old Town Albuquerque is an historic gem. With over 150 different shops, restaurants, and museums to explore, you and your date are sure to make some fun memories. Choose from one of the many restaurants in Old Town for a romantic dinner date. Because there are so many shops in Old Town, this map will help you find your restaurant on choice.


Pro Tip: Take some time before dinner to walk the streets and explore the many museums in Old Town.

Street of shops in Old Town

Want to experience Old Town in a different way?


Take an ghost tour! This tour is New Mexico's oldest and most famous Ghost Walk. The tour covers 300+ years of history. Experience the thrill of hearing ghost stories and exploring the places where it all went down. This tour includes a105-minute tour that is sure to keep you and your date on your toes. Book tickets or read more about the Ghost Walk here.


Pricing: Tours start at $34.55/ person


Take a Tram Ride to Sandia Peak

Sandia tram with sunset views

Want to get away from

the city? Look no further! Take your date to the Sandia Peak tram.


Ascend up the Sandia mountains together and enjoy the view of the cityscape below. Taking a tram ride will be a truly unique experience and being in the great outdoors will be rejuvenating for you and your date! Enjoy taking a short hike or just take in the views together. The Sandia Peak Tramway is the perfect adventure for you and your date.


Pro Tip: Don't forget to check out the cute gift shop before or after your tram ride.


Pricing: Round-trip tram rides are $29/ person and one-way tram rides are $18/ person.


Rent Bikes and Explore the City


Experience the Albuquerque in a new way and rent bikes with your date. Albuquerque has two gems to explore when it comes to this date idea.


The first is to ride along the Rio Grande River and explore the rich history the city has to offer. Enjoy the scenery, eco-system, and historic architecture. If you and your date are history lovers, then this ride is made for you!


Another ride that is a must, is to explore the urban art found throughout the walls of the city. Cruise alongside beautiful murals and get ready to have your breath taken away. Experience the rich culture and diversity found within these paintings. Routes Bike Company actually has a tour designed to pedal through multiple neighborhoods to see over 30 locally made murals, as well as some unique architecture in the area.


Enjoy this unique way to see the city with your date while experiencing the rich culture of Albuquerque.


Pro Tip: Bring your camera for some awesome photos at each of the murals.


Pricing: Urban Art Bike Tour: $90-95/ person. Historic River Bike Tour: $70-75/ person.

Wall Mural in Albuquerque

Explore an Art Gallery

Calling all art-loving couples! Albuquerque is rich in culture and has several art galleries to explore. Here are three galleries worth your time.


1- 516 Arts: They are a non-collecting contemporary art museum. According to their website their mission is, "to connect contemporary artists and diverse audiences and present relevant exhibitions and public programs, which feature a mix of local, national, and international artists and inspire curiosity, risk-taking and creative experimentation."


2- The Turquoise Museum: Take a step into this unique museum to explore their massive turquoise collection. Enjoy looking at all of the different jewelry pieces, specimens, and art together. You and your date can explore this museum on either a self-guided or group tour.


Pricing: The Turquoise Museum admission is $21/ person.


The Turquoise Art Museum in Albequerque

3- Romero Street Gallery: Want to see a variety of art mediums? Then this gallery is the place for you and your date to visit. According to the Romero Street Gallery home page, their gallery includes "inspiring works in glass, jewelry, photography, paintings, ceramics, metal work, furniture, lighting, wearable art, and sculpture." This gallery is sure to interest both you and your date!


Pro Tip: Make sure to leave enough time to see the galleries so you don't miss anything!


Whether you or your date are exploring Albuquerque from the sky, the Sandia mountains, or by riding through the streets on bikes, you are sure to have a memorable date in this city rich with history, culture, and new experiences.



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