Oftentimes people think of Santa Fe as an adult-only town. And certainly it does have its fair share of fabulous restaurants, art galleries, historical sites, and shopping that we adults should take advantage of. But Santa Fe can also be a great place to take kids. Whether you are an Albuquerque resident in need of a one-day excursion with your little ones or you are a visitor from out of town, these activities can be a great diversion for you and your kids.
1. The Rail Runner
Don’t all kids love a train ride? Take the Rail Runner train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe for an inexpensive win with the kiddos. A day pass from Albuquerque to Santa Fe for adults is $9. Children 10 and up are $6. And kids 9 and under are free. (The fares change slightly depending on what stations you leave from and arrive at.) Also, certain days are only $1. Make sure to check the Rail Runner’s schedule for time and ticketing details.
In the past, my kids and I have gone on the Rail Runner with friends. We ate lunch in Santa Fe, played at the Rail Yards Playground, and then came home. What a fun outing! If you’re traveling with kids though, make sure not to sit in the train car marked as a “Quiet Car.”
2. Santa Fe Children’s Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail. Admission to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum is $7 for adults and $5 for children. It is closed on Mondays.
3. Meow Wolf
4. El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road. Adults are $6. Children 12 and under are free. Special events and festivals have different fees associated with them. The museum is closed from November-March. Check the website or call for days and hours of operation.
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, or The Ranch of the Swallows, is a historic ranch dating from the 1700s. It now serves as a living history museum complete with authentically costumed villagers showing life on the frontier in early New Mexico. If you have an American Girl lover in your family, you don’t want to miss El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. The ranch is the inspiration for the setting of the Josefina stories.
5. Rail Yard Park
Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street. Free!
My kids love this park that’s right in the middle of all the Santa Fe action. It includes rock climbing structures, slides, a sandbox, water fountains, a large grassy area, and shade trees.
6. Genoveva Chavez Community Center
3221 Rodeo Road. Different activities have different fees. See website or call for details.
Genoveva Chavez Community Center is Santa Fe’s premier recreation center boasting indoor and outdoor pools and an ice skating rink along with other recreational activities.