Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

Basic Information: 

Address: 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

Telephone:  505.768.6020


Admission: $4 (Adults), $2 (Seniors), $1 (Children 4 – 12), Free (Kids 3 and under).

Parking is free.


Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum: 

Hot Air Balloons are a serious thing at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.  At first site, one wonders how many exhibits can they possible be hosting at this location?  Well the answer is surprisingly a lot!


A day at the museum will provide you with exposure to the evolution of hot air balloons. There are exhibits that show the science behind the hot air balloons.

There is an exhibit around how hot air balloons were used during times of war; from Civil War to WWII.  The historic arctic exploration and how the explorers utilized hot air balloons also get their own little corner.


There is even an area where kids (and adults) will get hands on experience with hot air balloons.

Excited yet?  There is even more fun ahead.  If you visit the museum early in the day, there are daily balloon rides!

There is even better news if you love hot air balloons.  During the month of October, for one week there is a Hot Air Balloon Festival (in 2017 it happened October 7 – 15).  If you are interested in attending, visit Balloon Fiesta for the 2018 event (October 6 – 14).


Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival should be on list of places to visit with the family.  It is an unforgettable excursion.


Location:  St. Helens, Oregon




With Halloween around the corner, many of you will come across the movie Halloweentown on the Disney Channel.  If you are not familiar with the 1998 Halloweentown movie, then all you need to know is that there is a town of supernatural beings.  Oh and Debbie Reynolds is in it.


But there is good news here!  Halloweentown is an actual city!  St. Helens, Oregon is the location the movie was filmed on.  But it gets better!  During the month of October, the city preps for the festivities with decorations around the town.

If simple trick or treating is not for your family or you want a nice change from the normal activities of Halloween, a visit to St. Helens might be a perfect choice.  The city has weekend festivals which will require purchasing of tickets; however, the cost is about $3 (Adults) and $1 (Kids) are not prohibitive.

St. Helens, Oregon is a fun place to visit during Halloween time, but the place is popular so make sure you book your travel plans in advance.

Hershey Chocolate World – Las Vegas



Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas

New York – New York Hotel & Casino

3790 South Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


Cost: Free

Activity: Hershey’s Chocolate World


Enter Hershey’s Chocolate world and you will not only be mesmerized by the number of chocolate bars surrounding you (as well as the variety), but more importantly the amazing chocolate sculptures will fill your Facebook and Instagram feeds for hours.

The store is located at the New York – New York Hotel and Casino (which has other attractions like the roller coaster to entertain the kids).  The store offers variety of taste walls (Jolly Rancher, Kisses), in addition, there is plenty of activities out there.