Here Are The Top 5 Activities That Make For Great Family-Fun Outings During The World-Famous Balloon Fiesta… (FREE GUIDE)
So you’re here for the amazing Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, but you want to know what else you can do with the kiddos during your visit? Here at Cliff’s we are “one” with family fun, so this guide has you covered!
If they need to let off some steam, run around, & maybe even have fun screaming their heads off – Cliff’s amusement park is the perfect place to take the kids while you are here.
Located in the Northeast Heights in Albuquerque, Cliff’s is home of the New Mexico Rattler – voted one of the Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters in the world!
Aside from the thrill rides, there are also family rides, kiddy rides; as well as games, candy, face painting and, of ourse, classic amusement park fare…So everybody from more adventurous teens to less adventurous smaller children (and parents!) can find something they like.
One favorite is the old-timey train that takes you on a ride around the entire park! Check out all of the rides, games, and family fun offered at Cliff’s HERE.
PARENT TIP: Cliff’s is offering a 44% discount OFF of the price of all-day passes for visitors of the Balloon Fiesta! Get your $16 All-Day Ride Passes ($12.95 OFF) HERE.
#2: ABQ Bio Park
The Bio Park has 4 fun attractions in one: The Zoo, the Aquarium, The Botanic Gardens and Tingley Beach (which has fishing lakes & an old-fashioned Train Depot).
Animal-loving children might especially like the Gorillas, the Sea Lion pool, the Reptile House and watching the Polar Bears swim under water.
Parents might love strolling through the Botanical Gardens and then walking over to nearby Tingley Beach, where you can visit the children’s fishing lake, rent out a paddleboat, and maybe even get to see a model sailboat race!
#3: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Did your kids love the movie Jurassic Park? Do they know all of the dinosaur names by heart? Or do they just love looking at cool things from a realllllyyy long time ago? Then you might want to put the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on your list!
Aside from looking at things like the T Rex skull, dinosaur bones, and other ancient fossils, your kids can also get involved with hands-on science exhibits, learn more about the galaxy at the planetarium, and even take a casual walk through a “volcano”.
#4: Sandia Peak Tramway
With the longest aerial tram in the United States, and third longest single span in the world…The Sandia Peak Tramway might not be a top choice for ‘acrophobes’ but for those without a fear of heights, it will give you a “bird’s eye” view of the Rio Grande Valley!
The tram transports you up to the 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest, covering a distance of 2.7 miles, and offering a 11,000 square-mile panoramic view below…
#5: The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
You came to watch them soar in the enchanted New Mexico sky…But what about a behind-the-scenes look at hot-air balloons?
Learn all about the history of ballooning, from its birth in 1783 to the present day. From space exploration to espionage to warfare, to fun, hot air balloons have been used by humans for over a century.
There are also hands-on exhibits – making a balloon rise at the touch of a button, virtual hot air balloon lift-offs, and learning to tie a knot to keep your balloon afloat. You can see even balloons and zepplins hanging from the huge vaulted ceiling.
No matter what your tastes are, we hope you and your children will have a super-duper family-fun time visiting Albuquerque & New Mexico for the international Balloon Fiesta.
Don’t forget to try the world-famous New Mexico green chile (or “Christmas” style if you like red AND green), and remember to save $12.95 off of your all-day ride passes at Cliff’s Amusement Park HERE.