Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 40 miles for at least an hour over the course of the day (depending on traffic); walking over packed dirt, grass, and paved terrain up to one mile at Balloon Fiesta Park; standing for up to one hour at balloon museum; standing and walking for up to two hours at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Balloon ascensions and flights are weather-dependent and may be cancelled at any time by Balloon Fiesta officials.
Catered buffet at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
Coach departs at 4:45 a.m. for Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum to experience the opening morning of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. From the fabulous vantage point at the museum, we can see all of Balloon Fiesta Park. We will be able to observe the Mass Ascension and explore the exhibits. The Museum showcases a large collection of balloons and related aerial artifacts tracing the history and science of hot-air and gas ballooning. . During Mass Ascensions all participating balloons launch in two waves as directed by "zebras," launch coordinators recognizable by their striped black-and-white shirts. Due to the large number of people in attendance and the size of the Park (crowds can exceed 100,000 people, and the launch field is 78 acres, the equivalent of 54 football fields put together), it's impractical to view the events as a group; participants will be free to enjoy the launches from the Balloon Museum or explore the field on their own (admission to the field is available for purchase at the Balloon Museum). We'll meet the coach at a predetermined location after the balloon launch and depart for the hotel. We'll have some time to rest and relax at the hotel before departing for our next field trip & lunch.
Buffet lunch at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center includes a selection of entrées, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Independent explorations of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Operated by the nineteen Pueblos of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture, highlighting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. Our self-guided visit will introduce us to New Mexico's many different Pueblos as we view the Pueblo-curated exhibits on the lower level. Return to the hotel for some time at leisure before returning to Balloon Fiesta Park.
A buffet dinner will be served at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
The Balloon Glow is a special moment at dusk when tethered balloons ignite their burners and inflate without launching, glowing from within in a display of rich colors. Afterward, the AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show lights up the sky with a spectacular display that brings the evening to a perfect close. We will return to the hotel after the fireworks show concludes.