National Parks / Natural World in New Mexico with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Land of Enchantment has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in New Mexico offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of New Mexico itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Chaco Canyon

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    Nageezi

    Chaco Canyon was a major center of Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. The Chacoan sites are part of the homeland of Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the Hopi Indians of Arizona, and the ...

  • Petroglyph National Monument

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    NW Albuquerque

    Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanos, archeological sites and an estimated 20,000 carved images. Many of the images are recognizable as ...

  • Carson National Forrest

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    Taos

    The Carson National Forest is one of five National Forests in New Mexico. The National Forests are Americas Great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play! Some of the finest ...

  • Blue Water State Park

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    Prewitt

    Rolling hills studded with pinon and juniper trees encircle the lake, which is stocked with trout and catfish.Bluewater Lake State Park is popular for boating and year-round fishing.

  • Albuquerque Botanic Garden

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    Albuquerque

    Albuquerques lush and peaceful Botanic Garden is an oasis in the desert. A fourteen-foot high dragon guards the entrance of the Fantasy Garden that gives children a mites eye perspective on the ...

  • White Sands National Monument

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    Alamogordo

    An incredible site with the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Sand dunes rise right out the desert!

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  • 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.

  • New Mexico Museum of Space History

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    Alamogordo

    Explore the centre of the USA's space program with rockets, movies, a planetarium, and a whole host of space artifacts!

  • International UFO Museum

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    Roswell

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

  • Harwood Museum

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    Taos

    The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico preserves, collects and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region. The Museum stimulates learning, creativity and ...

  • Taos Centre for the Arts

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    Taos

    Bringing to the Taos Community World Class Cultural Events,Concerts, Shows, Youth Programs in Drama and Art. One of the many places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in New Mexico

  • Rex Museum

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    Gallup

    A museum on the history of Gallup displaying verious artifacts and information.

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

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    Albuquerque

    A fascinating museum in New Mexico where kids can learn the story of the Atomic Age, with exhibits showcasing the entire nuclear history

  • Billy The Kid Museum

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    Fort Sumner

    The Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, New Mexico is much more than a living tribute to the man who would become legend, Billy the Kid. When you visit, you will enjoy a variety of displays, all ...

  • New Mexico History Museum

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    Santa Fe

    The new museum includes permanent and temporary exhibitions that span the early history of indigenous people, Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, and travel and commerce on the legendary Santa ...

  • E3 Childrens Museum and Science Center

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    Farmington

    Museum fun in New Mexico with hands-on exhibits around Sound, Light, Magnetism, Shadows and Art, plus travelling exhibits, and weekly special sessions!

  • 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

    Explore the wonders of the Rio Grande as you head on a water filled journey from Albuquerque to the Gulf of Mexico - meeting aquatic animals as you go!