Things to do in CARLSBAD with kids

The Old West, Native American cultures, breathtaking landscapes and an outdoors just made for adventure - New Mexico is soaked in fascinating and unique cultures, and best of all - ALL about family fun!

New Mexico has water parks, amazing wildlife, historical adventures, fun museums, and white mountains but without the cold….what? Yep! White Sands National Monument has all the thrills of snow, but instead - you can snowboard down the white sand! Pretty cool huh?

Kids can get close to those infamous residents at the American International Rattlesnake Museum or enjoy the only FREE zoo in the state at Spring River Park and Zoo (parents, that one’s for you!)

History is waiting to be explored with Tours of Old Town, or get immersed in the American Indian Culture at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. There are even Aztec Ruins!

Kids can even enjoy the world’s longest aerial tramway at Sandia Peak Tramway, or get their adrenaline pumping on those exciting rivers, with New Mexico River Adventures or Cottams Rio Grande Rafting.

(but shhhh….don’t mention the International UFO Museum….you never know what you might uncover!)

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  • Carlsbad Caverns

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    (21 miles) Carlsbad

    Explore natural wonders, from deep rocky canyons, desert wildlife to more than 119 known caves below the surface! Incredible nature in New Mexico

  • International UFO Museum

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    (67 miles) Roswell

    The International UFO Museum & Research Center is all about the history, science and research about UFO events worldwide. Amazing!

  • Spring River Park and Zoo

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    (68 miles) Roswell

    The ONLY FREE zoo in New Mexico! Animal fun for the family with native and exotic animals, as well as a carousel and mini train.

  • Roswell Museum and Art Center

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    (68 miles) Roswell

    The Roswell Museum and Art Center inspires discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding of the art and history of the American Southwest and beyond.

  • National Solar Observatory

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    (93 miles) Sunspot

    The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak welcomes visitors during the daytime. The Observatory is open to the public between dawn and dusk. To find out how to get here, read the road ...