Fun Activities for Families with Kids in Santa Fe, New Mexico

When we think about a family outing with our kids, we always hope everyone will have a good time, but in many cases, it all ends with adults sitting at a table watching the little ones play. No longer!
We’ve put together a list of the best places to go while you’re here in Santa Fe where there’s something for everyone—adults included! Check out this awesome guide that includes all these different hot spots for some great family fun.
Explore these great activities around town and let us know how it goes!

Where: 1164 Parkway Dr, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Seasonal April to June/July


If yours is an adventurous family you know you can’t miss the chance to go rafting in Santa Fe! 

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures lets you and the family experience raft and kayaking at the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. From Class IV whitewater rapids to serene Class I canyon floats, you can experience any level. The exceptional guides will ensure it is an experience you will definitely remember!

Where: 208 Cruz Alta Rd
Hours: Monday- Friday, 8 AM- 4:30 PM


You will find some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest in this 1.5 million acres covered by the Carson National Forest.

You will find unlimited recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking. There are also winter activities that are possible to do in the Forest: skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. 

Where: 825 Early St, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Monday 3 PM – 9 PM | Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9 AM – 9 PM | Wednesday 3 PM – 10 PM | Saturday 12 PM – 8 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM


Santa Fe Climbing Center is Northern New Mexico’s only indoor climbing gym!

You will find a bouldering room and a top rope and lead climbing room with a large selection of routes for every level of climbers. You can choose from the many different walls for all levels of difficulty! There is a space for the little ones too, children can go to the kids’ area where they will find a perfectly sized area cordoned off for them! 

Where: 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM, USA


The Museum of International Folk Art represents diverse cultures and has one of the largest collections of international folk art in the entire world!

You will find a unique collection of more than 130,000 examples of folk and traditional arts from around the globe. Visit the Museum of International Folk Art and discover different art from everywhere!

Where: 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Hours: Daily, 6 AM- 10 PM


The Railyard Park Conservancy offers a wide variety of community educational programming, plans and manages public art installations, and provides all the horticultural care for the cultivated gardens and landscapes in the 13-acre Railyard Park.

Where: 500 Market Street #107, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Hours: BOOKING TIMES: Wednesday-Thursday: 3 PM-7 PM | Friday: 1 PM-7 PM | Saturday: 11 AM-7 PM | Sunday: 12 PM-5 PM


Puzzah! is a team-building experience where everyone needs to work together to solve puzzles to escape themed rooms!

You can enjoy this awesome experience with your family, and friends, and even have a unique birthday party celebration for ages 7 and up!

Where: 2915 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe, NM, USA


Rockin’ Rollers has provided thousands of exceptional & affordable roller skating parties, concerts, rehearsal space, and family gatherings.

On Friday nights, families can enjoy a two-hour skating event and open skate!

Where: 153 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 11 AM–10 PM | Friday–Saturday 11 AM–11 PM


The Alley offers fun for all ages and skill levels with 12 regulation-size lanes, a variety of bowling ball weights, a state-of-the-art scoring system, bumpers, and easy racks for beginners, all in a comfy lounge setting.

Where: 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
Hours: Monday – Friday 6 AM – 8 PM | Saturday 8:30 AM – 4 PM | Sunday Closed


This family-friendly facility includes many opportunities for fun, such as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a recreational pool, an ice arena to enjoy some ice skating, weight lifting equipment, cardio exercise equipment, an entire fitness area, an indoor walking track, and a multi-purpose basketball courts, outdoor recreation, and many programs for youth and kids!

Where: 101 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12- 8 PM


No matter what age you are, ice cream is ALWAYS a favorite! 

Kids and adults will love La Lecheria and its many classic and adventurous flavors! 

Some of the most famous flavors include Avocado, Habanero Vanilla, Almond Chocolate, Coconut Miso (vegan), Mango Ginger Sorbet, Sweet Corn, Citrus Basil, and Cracker Jack!

Wednesday – Sunday 12- 8 PM

Where: 1701 N Dustin Ave, Farmington, NM 87401, USA


When you visit Bisti Bay, you will be able to enjoy the lazy river, as well as an in-pool playground, and some spray features, and if you feel like playing a sport, you can enjoy the aquatic volleyball and basketball areas!

Where: 500 Terrace Ave, Chama, NM, USA
Hours: Runs from 10 am May through October plus seasonal specials.


This is for sure a unique experience to enjoy with the family!

Considered the best train ride in North America as well as the top attraction in New Mexico, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad traverses 64 miles and it crosses the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times! 

Where: 715 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Hours: Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill: November – March: Friday-Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM | April-October: Thursday-Monday, 9 AM-5 PM (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) | Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve 9 AM- 3 PM Saturdays and Sundays


The Santa Fe Botanical Garden features more than 55 acres where you can find its two amazing sites: The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega.

Both of these beautiful sites are open to the public, and families can enjoy fun events and amazing education programs for all ages!

Where: 1477 State Hwy 475, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Winter Season: Open Daily | Regular Season Hours: Offices: Daily, 8 AM – 4:30 PM
| Chairlift 9 AM – 4 PM | AM Half Day: 9 AM – 12:30 PM | PM Half Day: 12:30 PM – 4 PM | Spring Season Hours: Offices: Daily, 8 AM – 5 PM
| Chairlift 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM | AM Half Day: 9:30 AM – 1 PM | PM Half Day: 1 PM – 4:30 PM


There’s an activity for everyone at Ski Santa Fe!

You will have a ski experience you’ll never forget with a base elevation of 10,350 feet! Whether cruising the perfect groomers or exploring the extensive glazed runs, Ski Santa Fe is a great family-friendly option for a day of family fun!

Where: 1800 Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM


With 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife, the entire family will love seeing some of the 190 bird species, tour the gardens and have a better understanding of the native plant life, tour the historic Randall Davey house and studio, and more!

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