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“My favourite neighbourhood”

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Presented by Canon
Ranked #3 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: Imagine over 500 colourful hot air balloons rising up at dawn over the New Mexico landscape… there's truly nothing like it. The place to experience it is each October at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Spectators and balloon pilots from all over the world gather (some even camping in their caravans) to watch the mass ascensions held in the mornings, and night events like the 'glowdeo'. Music stages are set up during the day and performers stroll through the festival crowds, which can number 750,000 people.
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Close to TTC lovely shopping mall great brands best restaurant and coffee shop also this area is good for night life it's safe to at night

Thank Pegah I
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

When I first heard about the balloon fiesta I thought it might be cool. When I heard you have to get up at day break I thought, forget it. When I actually saw over 350balloons go up all at once? It was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. I could not stop taking pictures. This nine day event is a once in a lifetime bucket list item. We loved it so much that we moved here so we could watch it every October. You just can’t believe how incredible it is until you are actually seeing it. They also have many different shaped balloons that will thrill the youngest of hearts. Do not miss it, at least come once in your life. Take a shuttle bus to avoid the long drive into the park. I live five minutes away from the take off field and it took over two hours to,get to their parking lot.

1  Thank shell87124
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Not much more can be said about the Balloon Fiesta...Magical, Majestic, Beautiful. Watching around 700 balloons lift off in the early morning is breath taking. If you have never seen it COME, if you have been here before...COME BACK!

Thank Scott J
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I saw the very first fiesta in the early 70's, and have been a great fan of this event ever since. Nothing at all like being able to walk out on to the field to see these massive contraptions inflate, and sail aloft. Over 500 balloons in the air, with a couple of dozen special shapes to fill the beautiful blue New Mexico Skies. If you haven't visited, you really need to do this event. It is something you and your family will remember for ever. And if you have a chance, take a flight yourself. I did it at 85 years, and am still excited about the experience.

1  Thank Sandiaman
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

A truly unbelieveable, wonderful experience. Best way to see it as a visitor is to go online to Albuquerque balloon fiesta website. You can choose a day to go (example - weekend or Mon, Tues, Wed), then choose a place to drive to nearby the event, choose am or pm, and pay for ticket. Then, all u have to do is drive to that area having a parking lot, show your E-ticket, and get on school bus, which takes u to event, and picks u up. So easy to do; $12 for seniors, bit more for adults, and not sure of kids cost. They even have handicapped, small mini-bus to take handicapped people there, and back to hotel or parking lot. This is one of few wondrous things I've seen in life; like walking on glacier, seeing brown bears in AK close uo. Watching those balloons inflate, how the teams work hard to get them up, and then taking off - in dark, and after sunrise, is awesome. Never went to pm event. Lots of food, restrooms. You can take a blanket to sit on, and watch balloons go by. Dress warm for early am, as can be cold. Last 2 years was ok with jacket; got hot later in day. Taking pictures - there is an app that shows you the number and letter (1-12, A-Z) of where each balloon takes off from. USE IT! Some balloons go off in different directions, depending on where wind blows.
Can make photos challenging, but wider shots really show the scope of the event. Close ups are nice, with 1-2 balloons in a shot. Enjoy yourself first, pics second! GO to the vendors tent at the NE end of area. Lots of interesting things to buy for self, or as gift. I have gone last 2 years, and will go again, becuz I enjoy the Fiesta, events around the area, and area from Gallup, NM (jewelry) to Santa Fe, NM. Get hotel/motel reservations about 6 months ahead, to get lower prices and more choices. It's a U.S. treasure!

3  Thank Kaye B
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