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Touring Albuquerque with kids in tow is a cinch. Kids will have a lot to choose from here, and many of the best things to do with them are along the beautiful Rio Grande These five picks from Forbes Travel Guide’s editors are sure to keep kids entertained:
1. Go fishing. Go fishing at Tingley Beach — kids are likely to catch a few, too, since there’s a collection of stocked fishing ponds near the river. No need to over pack, gear and day permits are for sale at the office.
2. Head to Biopark. Hop on the miniature train that runs to the two sections of the Albuquerque BioPark: a zoo in one direction, and an excellent aquarium and botanical gardens in the other.
3. Bike the trail. The Paseo del Bosque, a flat, paved path that runs 16 miles along the river, is the perfect place for an easy family bike ride. In the summer, you can rent your wheels at Tingley Beach.
4. Trip to Tinkertown. Around the east side of the Sandia Mountains is one of the city’s quirkier treasures: Tinkertown. This collection of hand-whittled dioramas is mesmerizing, with all sorts of odd moving parts and inventive uses of household bits — it’s a real roadside attraction.
5. Conquer the peak. Give the kids an aerial view of where they’ve been by taking the 2.7-mile ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, which runs from the eastern edge of the city up to the mountain peak, at 10,678 feet. (If you’re coming from a low elevation, though, leave this activity for later in your trip, to give you plenty of time to adjust to the altitude.)