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.
In an outdoor setting filled with acoustic music and dancing, the Albuquerque Folk Festival perpetuates the American folk tradition and engages the community in international music performances. During the festival, three performance stages will showcase the talent of more than 20 musical acts including nationally-recognized folk acts Peter Ostroushko with guitarist Dean McGraw, Jack Williams, Notorious, and Consuelo Luz; joined by local bands Le Chat Lunatique, a Gypsy jazz group, and The Squash Blossom Boys, a versatile band that blends bluegrass music and jazzy improvisation.
Festival goers who prefer to strum their own instruments can compete alongside a random group of instrumentalists at the band scramble, sign up to perform on a first-come first-serve basis at the Sign-Up Stage, or play in open jam sessions. Workshops teach techniques for playing instruments such as the bodhrán, banjo, and harmonica, while dance lessons focus on how to move freely during contra or execute a Highland Schottische without losing your kilt in front of passing strangers.
Marker-toting teams duck behind stacks of discarded tires as they evade their opponents on 007 Paintball's paintball fields. On the 180'x100' hyperball course, posses attempt to eliminate their opponents one by one as they juke around gray and black inflatable obstacles at breakneck speeds. The woodsball-scenario field spans 2 acres, populated by large wooden spools, plastic barrels, and discarded road signs, and hosts four action-packed games, including team elimination and center flag, in which players engage in rounds of ring around the rosy about the flag's pole.
The instructors at Deep Blue Scuba teach aquatic proficiency through the rigorous and comprehensive ANDI certification system. ANDI certification imparts pupils with the skills necessary to dive self-sufficiently or with companions, and trains students via pool sessions and open-water dives set in the crystalline Lake Travis. After mastering descent and ascent techniques, students can expand their knowledge base through a slew of specialty courses including underwater navigation, night diving, and wreck diving. Scuba instructors map out the best local dive locations and host periodic Discover Scuba outings where divers sample new gear and reacquaint themselves with watery skills. The diving enterprise also hosts expeditions to far-away waters, piloting trips that explore Australia and Mexico, and confront the notorious gangs of clownfish that lay claim to the Florida Keys.
Albuquerque Indoor Karting plays host to open-wheeled, road-course racing action no matter the weather. A one-year membership (a $20 value) entitles holders to a $5 savings on each race, after the first two included with this deal. The fully covered racecourse boasts a series of twists and straights that demand a g-force junkie’s total attention. A single race (a $15 value) or "heat" consists of 12–18 laps and lasts up to 10 minutes or until an engine taps the mat in surrender. Three different types of karts supply the appropriate size and horsepower for drivers of all experience levels. Sporting a helmet sock (a $2 value) keeps noggin protectors clean for sharing purposes and makes an ideal chimney-hanging gift receptacle during certain holidays. At the snack bar, a trained gelatier makes fresh, cool treats daily, serving up a variety of gelato by the scoop (a $2.50 value).