With the Balloon Fiesta just around the corner (next month), a mention of the Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum jogged my memory about another freebie — the museum offers a couple of free admission days each month.
That’s right, on the first Friday of the month, and every Sunday before 1 PM, there’s no admission charge. How can you beat a deal like that?
And it’s really an excellent museum too, with a top-notch collection of ballooning equipment and memorabilia. And if you’re ballooning neophyte, it’s a great place to learn a little more about the sport.
Access throughout the museum is excellent too, with plenty of accessible parking, level access to the building and elevator access to all levels. It contains everything from weather balloons and hands-on exhibits, to airship models, videos, balloon art and oodles of balloon pins.
And if you want to see what it’s like to ride in a balloon, then check out the balloon simulator. It features roll-on access with a giant flight screen. You can control the gas to change your altitude as you soar along, and it really feels like you’re flying. It’s a fun option for folks who can’t climb into a balloon gondola.
So check it out next time you’re in Albuquerque. It’s fascinating!