8 Free Things To Do This Summer

Learn About the River at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Located on the Rio Grande flyway, the Center offers excellent wildlife watching opportunities year round. The Visitor Center is home to interpretive exhibits about the plants, animals, geology, and hydrology of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque ecosystem, plus a child-focused discovery room and a Nature Shop.

Indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas overlook ponds, a native plant garden, and a pollinator garden as well as access to trails to the Rio Grande and Bosque. Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Price: Free, parking $3
Gates: 8am – 5pm
Visitor Center: 10am – 4pm
Front Desk: 10am – 4pm
Nature Shop: 11am – 3pm (T-Th), 10am – 4pm (F-M)
Visit website

Stroll Through the Grounds at Gutierrez Hubbell House

Built in the mid 1800’s, the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House has served as a private residence, trading post, stagecoach stop and post office on the historic Camino Real. After a ten year rehabilitation, this 160 year-old natural adobe house is being furnished with period pieces, outdoor interpretive signs and structures, reconstructed photographs and artifacts to provide a glimpse at how people lived during three forms of government.

Gutiérrez Hubbell House hosts a wide variety of community-curated exhibits which help create a space where a diversity of voices, ideas, and perspectives can be shared. Now on view is 𝙀𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙙𝙖𝙨: 𝘼 𝙂𝙡𝙤𝙗𝙖𝙡 𝙅𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙈𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙘𝙤, which tells the story of how generations of farmers and cooks adopted, adapted, and embraced foods from around the globe to create the unique and recognizable flavors that New Mexicans treasure as our local culinary traditions.

Grounds are open dawn-to-dusk. Guided tours available Thursday – Sunday from 10pm – 6pm.
Visit website

Visit the NHCC’s Outdoor Gallery Space

The National Hispanic Cultural Center has a new outdoor exhibition space called the Bosque Gallery. This new open-air gallery consists of 31 panels measuring 48 inches by 60 inches each, mounted on 730 feet of fencing along the western border of the NHCC campus, facing the Paseo del Bosque Trail.

On view now thru Sept 8 is ‘Desde Mi Balcón / From My Balcony,’ an exhibit featuring 28 large-format photos captured from windows & balconies by citizens of Spain last year during the first months of the pandemic.

Visit website

Cool Off at a Splash Pad

The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County run 5 splash pads that offer a fun way to cool off this summer at no cost.

City of Albuquerque:
Cesar Chavez Spray Pad – 7505 Kathryn SE
Wells Park Spray Pad – 500 Mountain NW
Civic Plaza Spray Pad – 1 Civic Plaza

Bernalillo County:
South Valley Splash Pad (NM’s largest Splash Pad) – 3912 Isleta Rd. SW
Alameda Splash Pad – 9800 Fourth St. NW

Visit CABQ website
Visit BERNCO website

Take a Self Guided Public Art Tour

There is so much incredible & diverse public art around Albuquerque! What can you find when you walk out your door? Take some time to explore and see what works of art are in your backyard. Interactive map here

Take a journey into the heart of who we are as a city and discover the murals of Albuquerque at Muros ABQ.

Connect with Nature at the Open Space Visitor Center

The Open Space Visitor Center is a has exhibits interpreting the natural and cultural resources the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division protects. The space hosts a variety of art exhibits from local, national and international artists in the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery.

The Center manages 18 acres of agricultural land for the benefit of wildlife. The farm rotates corn, sorghum, millet, and alfalfa that feed winter migratory birds and other local wildlife, including pollinators. Indoor and outdoor viewing areas where you can watch Sandhill cranes and other migratory birds during their fall and winter migratory season.

Cast a Line at Tingley Beach

Tingley Beach offers fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities, everyone 12 years or older must have with them a current New Mexico fishing license while fishing at Tingley. Anglers of any age can fish with baits or lures in Central Pond, and catch their limit of rainbow trout (in cooler months) or channel catfish (in warmer months).
Younger anglers (age 12 and under) can also use baits or lures in the Children’s Pond and keep their limit too.
Both Central Pond and the Children’s Pond are stocked regularly by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Visit website

Meander Through the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Garden

The Museum Sculpture Garden is on view 24/7. The artworks are made by a diverse and accomplished cross-section of artists who explore themes like the relationships between humans and nature, New Mexico landscapes, and historical and cultural stories specific to the Southwest and beyond. Many of the artists demonstrate how sculpture can be a versatile way to make art that includes abstract and naturalistic forms, movement, different views from different perspectives, and audience interaction and interpretation.

Visit website

Other Blogs by This Blog Host

Albuquerque’s Lesser-Known Museums

If you crave the off-beat, peculiar or odd, Albuquerque has museum options for you. Here...

Christmas Eve Luminaria Displays

Luminarias (or farolitos, if you’re one of *those*) are a Christmas Eve tradition in New...

Art on the Rio Connects Local Artists with Art Lovers

Nearly every aspect of the artistic process, from creating and showing artwork to selling and...

Best Vegan Friendly Eateries in Albuquerque

There's no denying that incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet can be good for...

Our Sponsors