Why Albuquerque New Mexico Is a Great Place to Retire

Colorful hot air balloons in the sky in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ranked in the top 100 best cities for retirees, Albuquerque New Mexico is a western gem. Famous as the backdrop for the iconic TV series “Breaking Bad”—Albuquerque is an excellent place for active adults to call home. From Overture Albuquerque, the newest jewel in the crown of Overture’s collection of active adult apartment home communities, to an atmosphere that blends art, history, culture and the great outdoors, Albuquerque and retirement are a perfect match. Check out this list of things to do in Albuquerque. As you embark upon retirement planning, you will want to catch the next plane out! 


  1. Old Town

The heart of Albuquerque is Old Town, a 10-square block area that is an homage to the three centuries of Native American and Spanish influence. The ancient adobe buildings that house a wide assortment of Southwestern art galleries, shops and restaurants are as captivating as the attractions within. Talented street performers abound, creating a festive vibe. 


  1. ABQ BioPark

Welcoming more than 1.5 million enthusiasts per year, the ABQ BioPark just outside of Old Town is considered New Mexico’s premier attraction. Designed to connect people with the environment, the BioPark features countless opportunities for visitors to discover and enjoy the wonders of nature. From the zoo that is home to more than 900 animals from around the world, to the 32-acre Botanic Garden, to a fascinating array of sea life in the aquarium to scenic Tingley Beach, the BioPark is a huge piece of the fabric of Albuquerque. 

  1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque’s annual Balloon Fiesta transforms the autumn sky into an enchanted world of color and inspiration. For nine days every October, a global assortment of balloonists power up and fill the skies with almost 600 balloons that launch every morning from the 78 acre Balloon Fiesta Park. The effect is dramatic and spectacular, a true bucket list experience. To avoid the hassle of dealing with parking, take advantage of the $15 advance park and ride option. The cost covers admission to the park. 

  1. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is designed to preserve and share centuries of Albuquerque’s colorful Pueblo history. Combining the stories of 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, this unique museum provides insight into and understanding of the state’s Native American legacy. The IPCC is known for its collection of Pueblo art as well as its extensive schedule of cultural, educational and community events, that include hands-on children’s programs, perfect for the visiting grandkids.

  1. Sandia Peak Tramway

Hop on the Sandia Peak Tramway and experience the breathtaking scenery of the nearby Sandia Mountains as you travel some three miles up to the 10,378 foot-high mountain summit. Upon arrival, you’re in for spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Get your Zen on as you hike serene trails at the top. Then enjoy a mountaintop meal at one of Sandia Peak’s several restaurants.

Retirees beware. Albuquerque has a hypnotic effect on visitors. Once you’ve arranged a tour of Overture Albuquerque, you’ll be hooked! Expect the same response from your kids who will want to be frequent guests!