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Buy a New Mexico CulturePass and visit New Mexico's 14 state museums and monuments at a 50 percent savings. Admission is good for one trip to each location in a 12-month period. www.newmexicoculture.org. $25.
Head 15 minutes out of town to Cedar Crest Country Cottage and Stables and take their horses for a spin. All rides are guided, and all rides are by appointment. It costs $30 per person per hour. Call (505) 980-7429 for more. www.cedarcreststables.com.
Make this a historic summer by riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad between Antonito and Chama. Shared by New Mexico and Colorado, the "world's longest and highest narrow gauge railroad," circa 1880, is a thrill-filled piece of Western history. (888) Cumbres. www.cumbrestoltec.com. $49-$134.
Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee are coming to the Journal Pavilion, and the Motley Crüe members are bringing a few other big-name metal acts with them. Crüe Fest on Saturday, July 26, will include Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt, who’ll warm up the crowd for their rock idols. Ticket prices haven't been set yet, but you can bet admission won't be cheap. 452-5100.
We love sushi but hate the way it empties our wallets. Solution? Make sushi! Recipes for the special (but easy to make) sushi rice are online, and Asian markets like Talin have ingredients such as nori (seaweed paper) and tools like bamboo mats to help you get your first roll perfectly round. Better yet, make it a party and invite your friends.
Pimp it up for a day in a fancy car. RC Exotic Cars rents everything from Cadillacs and BMWs to Hummers. The best part is every car comes with a GPS system loaded with guided tours of Albuquerque "hotspots." You can also use your borrowed GPS to go for a round of geocaching (check out www.geocaching.com). 847 Silver SW, 688-4431. www.rcexoticcars.com. $66 and up.
Not all summer activities have to be classified as “vacation time.” Convince the boss that you and your coworkers are in need of some team building and bonding time. Get work to sign you up for a day of games, ropes courses and climbing walls with UNM's Challenge Course Program. No one can argue building communication skills isn't good for business. (And a day of games is great for morale!) 277-0178. $75 and up.
Enlist in (or enroll your child in) Explora Summer Camp. Spend half or full days doing hands-on activities that teach you about the arts and sciences. Season runs June 2-Aug. 1. For 5 to 15-year-olds. 224-8341. www.explora.us. $130-$150.
Hot Air Balloon Summer Camp. Kids in third through ninth grade can learn hands-on about ballooning history, piloting, crewing, navigation, weather and more through classes held at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum throughout June. www.balloonmuseum.com/news.shtml. $150.
Did you know that Lucky 66 Bowl has volleyball courts? All you need is five to eight people to craft a team. 6132 Fourth Street NW, 345-2506. www.lucky66bowl.com/volleyball. Teams pay $325 per season, with a $100 deposit.
Grab seven of your leanest, meanest friends and create your own flag football team. Then head over to the city's Sports Division office near Lomas and Eubank and sign your team up. Registration runs July 14-Aug. 1 and there's a $605 entry fee per team. Paying 600-plus bucks to sign up should have you and your teammates ready to tear someone's head off on the field. 291-6239.