Things to do in New Mexico 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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  • Western Playland

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    Sunland Park

    Unlimited family fun with rides and games for all ages at this exciting New Mexico theme park, right near the border of Texas.

  • Los Padillas Aquatic Center

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    Albuquerque

    The Los Padillas Aquatics Center consists of a zero depth pool with a variety of water play features including a large water slide, giant mushroom fountain and other spray features. It is handicap ...

  • Manzano Mesa Water Sprayground

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    Albuquerque

    A fully automated water park where all ages can get wet during the hot summer months.

  • Wildlife West Nature Park

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    Edgewood

    Wildlife West Nature Park, a wildlife preserve and "enhanced zoo," is located just 20 minutes from Albuquerque, New Mexico in nearby Edgewood. Conveniently located near Interstate 40, Wildlife West ...

  • The Albuquerque Aquarium

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    Albuquerque

    The Albuquerque Aquarium takes visitors on a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh water riverine, estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, ...

  • ABQ BioPark Zoo

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    Albuquerque

    64 acres of animal fun in this Albuquerque zoo! With more than 250 species, kids will love exploring the amazing animals that will entertain you on your family day out!

  • Spring River Park and Zoo

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    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.

  • Alameda Zoo

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    Alamogordo

    Explore the oldest zoo in the southwest USA, and the smallest zoo of the AZA with just 12 acres, but filled with just as much animal fun!

  • Historic Taos Trolley Tours

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    Taos

    Wind your way carefree through the scenic streets of Taos, NM starting with a tour of the historic Taos Plaza. Check out the picturesque shops, museums and other places of interest along the way. ...

  • Rainbow Ryders

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    Albuquerque

    Specializing in hot air balloon rides all year round, Rainbow Ryders is the authorized hot air balloon company for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

  • Tours of Old Town

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    Albuquerque

    A historic family day out in New Mexico with entertaining outdoor walking tours, moonlight tours, and yes - GHOST tours!

  • New Mexico River Adventures

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    Embudo

    Super fun and exciting rafting trips along the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, including family rafting trips! Perfect for kids of all ages, are you ready for adventure in New Mexico?

  • Kokopelli Rafting Adventures

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    Santa Fe

    Half-day to multi-day rafting expeditions on the Rio Grande, as well as biking and hiking tours for kids 4 and up - and adventurous family day out in New Mexico!

  • Cliffs Amusement Park

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    Albuquerque

    Uncle Cliff's Kiddieland may have grown-up, but Cliff's Amusement Park is still the #1 place for family fun. Moms, Dads, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, even Grandmas and Grandpas, can enjoy ...

  • Monkey Mania Adventure

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    Albuquerque

    You can walk-in for open play, dress up in the costume room, sing karaoke songs in the one-of-a-kind Hollywood room, create arts and crafts, watch a movie in the Jungle tree media center, have fun in ...

  • Red Light Green Light

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    Albuquerque

    An interactive, educational open play and party center that offers unique experiences for kids up to 12, and their parents.

  • My Kids Cafe Indoor Playground

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    Las Cruces

    Visit a place where kids can play and adults can relax in New Mexico! With hands-on fun and indoor play for little ones, and a full coffee house for the older ones!

  • Farmington Museum at Gateway Park

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    Farmington

    A local museum offering exhibits and interpretive media on the regional culture, as well as workshops, live performances and trade and craft demonstrations!

  • Old Coal Mine Museum

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    Madrid

    Stroll back in time to when the last train left Madrid carrying coal, now a "ghost town" and interactive museum great for kids!

  • Bradbury Science Museum

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    Los Alamos

    Interactive exhibits to uncover all things science and technology in New Mexico!

  • The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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    Santa Fe

    The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is located on beautiful Museum HillTM at 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from ...

  • Santa Fe Childrens Museum

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    Santa Fe

    Discovery and play awaits kids at this Santa Fe children's museum, with interactive exhibits, hands on learning, and where kids can be curious, play, learn, and enjoy!

  • Museum Of International Folk Art

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    Santa Fe

    Visit the largest collection of international folk art in the world - in Santa Fe! Cultural fun for the family

  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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    Albuquerque

    This interactive, high-tech museum featuring an active volcano, an Ice Age cave, and dinosaurs galore! A planetarium is there too!

  • American International Rattlesnake Museum

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    Albuquerque

    An exciting and educational day out with the family...and snakes! A great conservation museum to explain how rattlesnakes have influenced our lives...with LIVE snakes!

  • J&R Vintage Auto Museum

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    Rio Rancho

    Around 60 antique cars and trucks are on display to delight rev heads of all ages, including 12 classic cars which have competed in the Great American Race!

  • National Atomic Museum

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    Albuquerque

    The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only Congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. The museum was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the ...

  • Tinkertown Museum

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    Sandia Park

    Tinkertown Museum is an amazing animated wood-carved western town and three ring circus enclosed in a compound made of 50,000 glass bottles.

  • Maxwell Museum Of Anthropology

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    Albuquerque

    A FREE museum with exhibits and programs relating to cultures of the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest!

  • Herzstein Memorial Museum

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    Clayton

    The mission of the Union County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, is to preserve the cultural heritage of Union County. It shall maintain the Herzstein Memorial Museum, an institution ...

  • Blackwater Draw Museum

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    Portales

    The Blackwater Draw Museum displays artifacts and exhibits associated with the Locality No. 1 site. Over 13,000 years of site usage are described, from mammoth hunting to modern culture.

  • Eastern New Mexico University Natural History Museum

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    Portales

    The Natural History Museum consists of an Exhibit and a Research Collection. The Exhibit features live plants and animals native to the Llano Estacado and other regions of eastern New Mexico. The ...

  • War Eagles Air Museum

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    Santa Teresa

    The War Eagles Air Museum is dedicated to collecting, restoring and displaying historic aircraft of the World War II and the Korean Conflict eras. This unique Museum pays special tribute to military ...

  • Las Cruces Railroad Museum

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    Las Cruces

    Housed in a historic Santa Fe Depot, the Las Cruces Railroad Museum interprets the railroading history of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley.

  • Roswell Museum and Art Center

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    Roswell

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