Balloons in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is famous for a few things: Breaking BadIn Plain Sight, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

While I still have yet to see an episode of Breaking Bad, and In Plain Sight has been off the air for about six years, the Balloon Fiesta has been around for nearly 50 years (celebrating the 47th this fall) and is so enduring that one iteration of our state’s licence plate depicts a fantastical scene out of Balloon Fiesta.


A few years ago, the organization that brings us the Balloon Fiesta each year, decided (and rightly so, I have to say) that we needed a Balloon museum.

The balloon museum has a ton of interesting artifacts and exhibits which chronicle the history of and science around balloon flight. Many of these are interactive for kids, so of course we are all over it!

We have been a few times and have learned how to fly a balloon (with a simulator), watched remote-controlled drones buzz around (they even have camps for kids to learn to fly these–ages above 8), learned how air pressure and temperature are related, and even how to make things fly (given the right conditions, of course).

Over spring break, we visited the museum and checked out the new weather exhibit. Tucker was able to interact with different types of weather (like rain, wind, storms, etc). Another new exhibit was designing a balloon and sending it off on a simulated flight.

And of course it was perfect kiting conditions. For $6, we picked up a cute lion kite and Tucker experienced his first solo kite flight.

If you are in the Albuquerque area, the museum is a must-see!