Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photo: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Provided by Collette)
If you're headed to New Mexico, Albuquerque is a favorite family vacation spot, with countless fun things to do together. You'll find numerous museums, nature centers, aquariums, science centers, theme parks featuring rides, mini-golf and arcades; and available outdoor activities ranging from hiking and biking to hot-air ballooning. Among the state's top visitor attractions is the ABQ Biopark, which encompasses four separate facilities: the Aquarium, highlighting species from the Gulf of Mexico, complete with coral reefs, stingrays, jellyfish a 285,000-gallon shark tank; the 64-acre Zoo, offering close encounters with 250 exotic and native animals from across five continents; the 36-acre Botanic Garden, with 1.5 miles of paths, BUGarium and Butterfly Pavilion; and Tingley Beach, where visitors can picnic and go boating, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more. Also check out Explora, New Mexico's premier hands-on, innovative learning center geared towards kids, or the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, where families can experience everything from dinosaurs and volcanoes to an immersive planetarium.