Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Before you zip down to the Old Town starting line, you'll have a chance to train on the Segway, learning its quirks and how to fulfill your need for blisteringly moderate speed. After watching a video and trying a quick test spin, you'll set out for a dizzying circuit of downtown's paramounts and semi-paramounts, including the Natural History Museum, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Rio Grande itself, the bosque, the botanic gardens, Tingley Beach, and more. Each Segway bears a small handlebar bag for cameras, purses, or smoke bombs.
Albuquerque's only guided city tour follows an 18-mile course, and the 66 minutes of fun begin at the Plaza Don Luis in Old Town. The journey, which allows sightseers to sit back and take in the view (as opposed to "hop on, hop off" tours) blazes a path past Museum Row and through Downtown, before cruising on course to the city's competitive baseball, basketball, and jousting stadiums. With witty and historical commentary, the burqueños entertain and inform locals and visitor alike as they ferry past the Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque Aquarium, and Botanic Gardens, among other essential Albuquerque hot spots. The tour concludes where it began in Old Town, where the knowledgeable guides bid farewell to guests and point them toward a good place to lunch, shop, or patent their most recent invention.
Tours of Old Town specializes in informative, interesting and entertaining outdoor walking tours which share a wide variety of interesting trivia and historical facts in the heart of the Duke City. Tours of Old Town provides memorable experiences for both locals and visitors to the Land of Enchantment.
Parents and children enjoy an afternoon of all-ages activities and local eats during the family-friendly prelude to Red Wine & Blues: A Taste of Albuquerque. Youth can carefully whack balls across greens during games of mini golf or ask artists to paint their faces with sparkly unicorns and fake IDs. Local restaurants including Kelly's, JC's Pizza, and Tomato Cafe will have tasty treats and teach children about nutritious snacking. A silent auction will serve as a venue for mimes to auction off their unused voices. Funds from the Mini Taste of Albuquerque go to benefit the Junior League of Albuquerque’s hunger-prevention projects and food pantries.
Commercially licensed pilots at Beautiful Balloons, a 26-year-old company with a perfect safety record, ferry visitors over the Rio Grande valley during 1- to 1.5-hour morning balloon flights. As they float along, clients ask their local pilots to point out unique landmarks, such as treetops shaped into presidential profiles, as they soak up sweeping views of Albuquerque and its surroundings. After each ride, staffers reward clients with commemorative first flight certificates, trading cards of the vibrant-hued balloon they flew in, and a celebratory post-flight brunch. Unlike bears and TV addicts, balloons do not hibernate at length, so clients can fly year round.