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Summer Ideas for Teens

Isabella Barton|Editor

Photo By: Zach Bravo- Jackie Nicole and Isabella Barton at the G-Eazy concert at Isleta Ampitheater.

Summer is fast approaching, and as a teen what are you going to do? Most of us have outgrown walking around the mall, looking at stuff we aren’t going to buy, and we are a little old to be at Cliffs. So what else might you be able to do in this very dry, sandy state we call New Mexico. You could do some of the following.

  • Tingly Beach -If you plan to fish you need a valid NM fishing license, and admission to the ponds is free.
  • Botanic Gardens (Always a good date idea.) Gates open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Aquarium/ Zoo- Gates open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.

Adults 13-64: $12.50/$20

Senior 65+: $5.50/$10

Children 3-12: $4/$6


Children under 3 are free

  • White Sands

$3.00 per person

  • Summerfest
  • Isotopes
  • Concerts

Look online for dates, performers and pricing (prices may vary).

  • Hiking in the Sandias

$3.00 to park in certain areas of the mountain

  • Rio Grande Nature Center
  • Petroglyph National Monument

$3.00-$5.00 parking fee

  • Volcanoes

Free parking and admission

  • Off Roading

The dunes out by Isleta Amphitheater and the very end of Southern in Rio Rancho are the two easiest places to go off roading.

Also please be responsible doing any of the following activities.



Flying Star restaurant is magical!

Sarah Klein | Journalism

With numerous locations across town, there’s a delicious coffee, heavenly pastry, or unique entree waiting for you at Flying Star. Many ingredients are locally sourced, freshly prepared. Photo courtesy of Flying Star Cafe.

Welcomed by an aroma of baked goods and strong coffee you are called to the magical glass case full cakes,cookies, brownies, and tarts. Chatter echoes throughout the brightly colored walls, while coffeehouse tunes mask any silence. The atmosphere is peaceful enough for a place to catch-up with your friends, study for finals, work your laptop, or even just read a book by the fireplace. All while enjoying a nice iced java or steamy organic chai latte.

Flying Star has an array of mouthwatering cuisine, from breakfast-all-day to fresh salads. So whether you have nagging sweet tooth or cheesy craving or even a desire for a lite salad, Flying Star should definitely cross your mind. Most people tend to enjoy their daily special soups, gooey mac-n-cheese, juicy cheeseburgers, and anything in that infamous glass case that is a temptation to all. You can pair any of their heavenly dishes with a strong coffee/tea or a luscious “red stuff” to drink. Anticipating the food’s arrival can feel like ages, but once it arrives. It’ll be worth the wait.

Flying Star is out of this universe, and their food will you make your taste buds shoot for the stars.

Get to Weck’s!

Katie Poindexter | Journalism

A Weck’s favorite, the Bowl O’Papas satisfies those chili cravings. Photo courtesy of abqstyle.

Looking for a breakfast, lunch, or brunch restaurant? Weck’s is the place for you. It’s been open since 1991 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been a favorite among many. With seven locations, you can choose which one is closest to you whether it’s  Louisiana, Osuna, Juan Tabo, Coors, San Mateo, 4th Street, or Paseo del Norte. If you’re not in Albuquerque, you can find Weck’s in Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Los Ranchos, Santa Fe, and Farmington too!  Weck’s employs over 400 people and is open 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Weck’s has recently modified their menu making it easier for you to choose whatever satisfies your appetite. Weck’s has also created many gluten free options accommodating many people’s diets. Many people adore Weck’s green chile. They are also well known for their plate of “papas,” or potatoes, which people can see as soon as they walk in the door with the t-shirts the workers wear saying “got papas?”

For a smaller portion of those delicious potatoes, try the Bowl O’ Papas which consists of fresh hash browns, red or green chile, cheddar and jack cheeses, and one egg any style. People can’t get enough of it! The service is also very good. Weck’s service is described as “service with a smile.” Making the you feel welcome.

Many people do complain though that because it is such a popular place, it is very loud and hard to hear.  It can also be “a little pricey.” But other than that, the food is considered great by customers all over the state and is recommended to everyone and anyone looking for brunch.