Santa Fe Outdoor Activities for Families

By Leland | March 15, 2017

Santa Fe’s beautiful desert landscape is home to some of the best vacation attractions in the country. From adventures on the New Mexico River to the Santa Fe children’s Museum, there’s something for all ages and activity levels. The hidden gem of the southwest offers some amazing chances to be immersed in the local culture. Here are some things to do that the whole family will enjoy on your next Santa Fe, New Mexico vacation.

Outdoor Wind Sculpture Gardens

Without a doubt, Santa Fe is a prime destination for art lovers. The outdoor Wind Sculpture Gardens along Canyon Road is an absolute must-see. The unusual, gyrating wind sculptures are remarkable, especially the Lyman Whitaker collection at the Wilford Gallery and Sculpture Garden. These outdoor art galleries are free and something the entire family will enjoy.

Santa Fe Jeep Tours

If you’re looking for exciting off-road adventures, these Jeep excursions offer a wide range of sightseeing tours. Explore hidden gems in New Mexico’s scenic high desert, or take your camera and film the breathtaking beauty of Elk Mountain. If that’s not adventurous enough, choose the Bonanza Creek Movie Studio tour where many popular old movies were made. What’s more, Santa Fe Jeep Tours will pick you up right at your door.

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures

If thrilling outdoor experiences are your family’s jam, this New Mexico outdoor adventure company is definitely for you. They provide extraordinary mountain adventures for the whole family. Select from invigorating hiking, historic downtown walking tours, scenic cultural outings, or mountain biking. In turn, maybe you would rather spend an afternoon on a 4X4 off-road excursion or try some cross-country skiing.

The Railyard

The Santa Fe Railyard is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists. There’s so many things to do here that everyone in your family will surely find plenty of entertainment. Ride your bicycle, enjoy artisan train spotting, or eat some of the best food available in Santa Fe. At the end of the day, don’t forget to relax and listen to live music in the park while the kids play.

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

This exploratory museum offers activities for kids of all ages. There are more than 35 interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a 1.5 acre outdoor educational garden. The goal of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is to create a fun learning environment for families and encourage the active participation of kids and their parents.

New Mexico River Adventures

White water rafting and other impelling water sports are offered by Santa Fe’s New Mexico River Adventures. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing float trip through a scenic canyon or a wicked run through fast moving rapids, you and your family are sure to find the river trip you’re looking for.

Santa Fe offers several unique opportunities for families, especially those who love the outdoors. If you’re looking into a vacation to Santa Fe, Four Kachinas Inn offers cozy bed and breakfast accommodations near Santa Fe attractions.

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