An increasing number of people are making the decision to move to New Mexico’s largest city, with 54 percent of new residents coming from other states throughout the country, primarily in the Southwest, and the remainder moving from elsewhere within the state, according to sparefoot.com.
If you’re one of the many who’ve decided to purchase one of the Albuquerque real estate properties, you’ll find lots to do when it comes to outdoor adventure in the surrounding region as well as access to one of the favorite parts of the city: Old Town.
For the best of the best, get started by exploring these five parts of this historic neighborhood that’s been shaped by both Native American and Spanish cultures over the past 300+ years.
San Felipe de Neri Church
San Felipe de Neri Church is located in the Old Town Plaza in the heart of the historic Old Town, constructed in 1793 after the original adobe churched here collapsed following a long, rainy summer the previous year.
The oldest church in Albuquerque, its white towers can be seen from a distance as an iconic landmark in the area. Today, it’s still a functioning Catholic church, surrounded by a gazebo which hosts all sorts of music and dance performances.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
This world-class museum in Old Town offers a wealth of experiences, including, of course, the chance to explore the state’s natural history, like the dinosaurs that once roamed the area. It boasts a popular recent addition too, “Start Up!
Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution” as the city is where the very first personal computer was made and sold, attracting the likes of a young Paul Allen and Bill Gates, who worked here before moving to the Seattle area to start Microsoft. It also houses an IMAX theatre and planetarium.
Another must-visit museum, the Albuquerque Museum is one of the leading institutions in New Mexico and the entire Southwest when it comes to history, art and culture.
In addition to highlighting the history of the area from pre-Spanish contact to the Civil War, it showcases an impressive art collection with works by greats like Georgia O’Keefe as well as a sculpture garden.
Shopping the Old Plaza
Old Town is one of the best spots to shop for local goods, including blankets and other items created by Native Americans and all sorts of wares made by area artists, like jewelry and pottery that come from nearby pueblos.
Sampling Local Eats
Some of the very best eats in this state, which is known for cooking up unique fare all its own, can be found in the restaurants in Old Town at places like Cristobal’s and Seasons. Dishes here are inspired by both native Pueblo and Mexican cuisine, with lots of red and green chili.