Albuquerque Convention Center – Things To Do With Your Team

Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city in terms of population by a few 100,000. Being the most populous city, Albuquerque is never in short supply of things to do. The Albuquerque Convention Center is near many of the city’s best attractions, making your planning even easier.

Divided into two exhibit halls, combining for 167,000 square feet of space, the Northeast and Southeast exhibition areas offer plenty of usable space for a tournament. The ballroom can fit up to 1,800 people and the auditorium can seat as many as 2,300.

Whenever you get the chance to leave the Albuquerque Convention Center behind and explore some of the sights of Albuquerque, make sure to do so. You and your team will have an awesome trip if you venture out into the surrounding area a bit.


Things to Do

Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico

A powerful and extensive attraction concerned with educating visitors on genocide, the key focus being the Holocaust, the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico displays incredibly informative exhibits that show snippets of the Holocaust and other genocides through photographs, artifacts, and artwork.

Study pictures taken by Allied soldiers at Buchenwald while they were liberating the camp from the Nazis. Other authentic photos include survivors of Dachau and other camps and the horrific medical experiments performed on prisoners. You can also examine the Nazi memorabilia collection at the museum, as well as appreciate the paintings and other artwork commemorating Holocaust survivors in the gallery.

One of the most powerful pieces in the museum is the mesh sculpture recreating a typical sleeping area for children at the concentration camps. Witnessing the poor, cramped conditions these children had to endure will make you realize how awful their situation really was. A replica camp gate with the slogan, “Arbeit macht frei,” meaning “Work sets you free” can be found there as well. Other topics the museum has displays on are the Greek, Armenian, and Native American genocides. 616 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque

Get geared up with an explosive, action-packed movie or laugh a ton while you watch a comedy film at Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque.

Located just minutes from the Albuquerque Convention Center, Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque is one of the city’s most popular theaters, and for good reason. Century 14’s staff keeps the cinema clean and is always happy to help you in any way they can.

You have 14 or so movies to choose from, each with multiple showtimes throughout the day. Having options is always a great thing. Get ready for an entertaining afternoon or night at the movies, purchase whatever snacks you desire, unwind in a comfy chair, and get sucked into your movie at Century 14 Downtown Albuquerque. 100 Central Avenue, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Civic Plaza

Located directly next to the Albuquerque Convention Center, Civic Plaza can be the spot you go to relax after you compete or the area where you wait for when you’re needed at the center.

The plaza is a spacious, paved area stocked with tables, chairs, and umbrellas, so it’s perfect for getting some fresh air. Grassy fields adjacent to the paved portion can provide your team with more places to run around or lay down and stare up at the sky.

Besides being a place to get some much needed tranquility, Civic Plaza hosts scheduled events year round. Friday movie nights are common during the warmer months, and during winter, ice skating takes over the square. The venue is a popular spot for local musicians to perform throughout the year. Enjoy some peace and quiet or a fun event not far from the Albuquerque Convention Center at Civic Plaza. 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Telephone Museum

Most, if not all of your team, will not remember older phones like the rotary phone or massive brick-sized cellphones from earlier years.

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A rather niche, but interesting gallery called the Telephone Museum is located near the Albuquerque Convention Center. There you can trace the history of the telephone all the way back to its origin with Alexander Graham Bell. The museum showcases over 100 phones throughout the decades. Many of which your team, and quite possibly you, has never seen before.

A cool relic to check out is a teletype machine from 1963 that received the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The machine has been maintained and preserved as a reminder of that grim day. It also resides in the museum as another piece that illustrates the constant improvement of technology that society achieves.

Artifacts and tools from Graham Bell’s workshop are also on display at the Telephone Museum and offer insight into the man himself. This one of a kind museum will captivate your team with engaging exhibits. 110 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk

It doesn’t need to be Halloween to experience some frightening stories and situations. Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk is the perfect combination of fascinating history of Albuquerque and creepy ghost stories and eerie talks of the city.

Embark on your tour from the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory and set out on a spooky 90-minute journey led by paranormal investigators. You’ll find out that the city’s history is darker than you’d expect. Public hangings, duels, unsolved murders, and haunted locations all add to the scary vibe this tour gives off. 219 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


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Places to Eat

Standard Diner

This restaurant’s name may be Standard Diner, but their dishes certainly raise the bar on diner food.

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You can order breakfast at night or dinner in the morning. That’s the beauty of a diner. A fan favorite, huevos rancheros, are a tempting offer regardless of what time it is. Breakfast burritos, flapjacks, and scrambles are some other morning meal options.

On the lunch and dinner side of things, you’ll find soups, salads, tacos, meatloaf, pasta, fish and chips, sandwiches, mac and cheese, and more. Diner menus are typically pretty expansive. Standard Diner’s is no different. 320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Farina Pizzeria

What kid doesn’t like pizza? For that matter, what adult doesn’t either? Grab a slice or buy a whole pie at Farina Pizzeria. The have eight specialty pies, made to order every day. Topped with meats, various cheeses, and vegetables, Farina Pizzeria cooks up a good mix of pizza selections.

The main focus of the menu is pizza, but there are some appetizers and a couple other entrée choices. If you’re still hungry for dessert, the gelato or tiramisu are always a sweet way to end the meal. 510 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Cecilia’s Café

It wouldn’t be a trip to New Mexico without a stop to a Mexican restaurant. Cecilia’s Café makes all the classics you look for in Mexican cuisine. Savory quesadillas and enchiladas stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies are sure to satisfy your hunger. Tacos and burritos are obviously on the menu as well.

Cecilia’s even serves breakfast. The blue corn pancakes are a unique dish to try. If you want something tried-and-true, you can order one of their may omelets. 230 6th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Asian Noodle Bar

Straightforward name and tasty food, Asian Noodle Bar is the place to go if you have a yearning for Asian fare while at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

From cold noodle bowls to piping hot noodle soups and stir-fry, Asian Noodle Bar has some of the best noodle dishes around. You can also get sushi rolls and sashimi there. The prices of the noodle dishes and sushi are both very reasonable, especially for the portions you get. 318 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


There are many attractions and restaurants to keep you and your team entertained and well fed while you’re in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Convention Center’s central location makes traveling easy too. You won’t have to worry about a bus because there’s a lot to do right within walking distance of the complex.