Family Activities & Things to Do in Santa Fe

The capital city of New Mexico—cradled in Southwestern beauty, steeped in incredible history, energized by art and culture—is a fabulous place to visit on a family getaway, and you won’t find better accommodations than La Posada de Santa Fe!

Here’s a rough outline of just some of what you and the crew can enjoy on an all-ages exploration of the city and its surrounds.

Visit Santa Fe’s Museums

Santa Fe’s rich spread of museums has something for every age range. Certainly, one of the standout family-friendly institutions is the Harrell House Bug Museum, which boasts the better part of 5,000 mounted insects as well as 150-plus live invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—some available for hands-on interaction! And then there’s the excellent Santa Fe Children’s Museum, whose pleasures include weekend shows at the Stargazer Portable Planetarium.

On the art side of things, there’s the New Mexico Museum of ArtGeorgia O’Keeffe MuseumMuseum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and more—with multiple options for family and children’s art classes and workshops. And you and the gang can delve into local and regional history at the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors. Lastly, check out Meow Wolf, supported by George R.R. Martin of Games of Thrones fame, where over 200 artists across all disciplines create immersive and interactive experiences for guests to explore.

Experience the Santa Fe Plaza

The heart of New Mexico’s capital for centuries, the Santa Fe Plaza is a must-see for young and old alike, from its American Indian arts and crafts to the many restaurants and shops ringing it.

Getting Active Around Town

Burn off some excess energy and have a blast at such get-active hotspots as Climb Santa Fe, the only indoor rock-climbing gym in northern New Mexico, and Skate School Santa Fe.

Outdoor Adventures & Explorations

Santa Fe’s hinterland encompasses stunningly beautiful landscapes of the Southern Rockies and the Colorado Plateau margins. Bring the family to Bandelier National Monument for long mesa-land vistas of the Pajarito Plateau and Jemez Mountains as well as fascinating Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. Or embrace New Mexico powder up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Ski Santa Fe, just a half-hour or so from La Posada de Santa Fe.

Commune With High Desert Nature

Get to know native plants and critters at the outstanding Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, and admire New Mexico birds of prey and other rescued and rehabilitated animals at the long-running New Mexico Wildlife Center.

Enjoy the Finest in Family-Friendly Santa Fe Accommodations at La Posada de Santa Fe

Here at La Posada de Santa Fe, we’d love to welcome you and your family to New Mexico’s beautiful and unique capital city and the amazing Southwestern countryside around it. Enjoy our peerless Tribute Portfolio accommodations, kid-friendly amenities such as an outdoor heated swimming pool, and—as part of the seasonal weekly activities on tap this winter—s’mores around the fire on Tuesday evenings! Book our Santa Fe hotel now.

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