Historical Attractions in SANTA FE with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Santa Fe, New Mexico!)

Santa Fe is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Land of Enchantment city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Santa Fe’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Santa Fe when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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    (10 miles) Santa Fe

    Welcome! We invite you to take a journey to the past at "The Ranch of the Swallows". This historic rancho,now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or ...

  • Fort Union National Monument

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    (53 miles) Watrous

    ort Union was established in 1851 as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. During its forty-year history, three different forts were constructed close together. The third Fort Union was the largest in ...

  • Taos Pueblo

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    (54 miles) Taos

    Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously ...

  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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    (57 miles) Albuquerque

    Fascinating, all year round at this historical cultural center in New Mexico, that showcases the history and traditions of the Pueblo Indians.

  • Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

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    (91 miles) Chama

    A living museum and National Historic Landmark known as America's Highest and Longest Scenic Railroad its no wonder this national treasure was listed in the book '1000 Things To Do Before You Die'.

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  • 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 ...

  • 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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    (1 miles) 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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    (2 miles) Santa Fe

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

  • Old Coal Mine Museum

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    (23 miles) 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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    (24 miles) Los Alamos

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

  • Tinkertown Museum

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    (43 miles) 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.

  • J&R Vintage Auto Museum

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    (44 miles) 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!

  • Harwood Museum

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    (54 miles) 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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    (54 miles) 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

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

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    (54 miles) Albuquerque

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

  • Maxwell Museum Of Anthropology

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    (57 miles) 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!

  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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    (58 miles) Albuquerque

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

  • National Atomic Museum

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    (58 miles) 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 ...

  • American International Rattlesnake Museum

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    (58 miles) 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!

  • International Balloon Museum

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    (51 miles) Albuquerque

    The Balloon Museums collection includes more than fifty historic and contemporary gondolas, many accompanied by complete balloon systems. Of special note are gondolas related to scientific and ...

  • Explora

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    (58 miles) Albuquerque

    Ideas you can touch! Creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. One of the many fun family ...

  • Wildlife West Nature Park

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    (45 miles) 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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    (58 miles) 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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    (59 miles) 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!

  • Manzano Mesa Water Sprayground

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    (54 miles) Albuquerque

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

  • Los Padillas Aquatic Center

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    (66 miles) 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 ...

  • Kokopelli Rafting Adventures

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    (1 miles) 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!

  • New Mexico River Adventures

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    (37 miles) 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?

  • Rainbow Ryders

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    (50 miles) 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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    (58 miles) Albuquerque

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

  • Red Light Green Light

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    (52 miles) Albuquerque

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

  • Cliffs Amusement Park

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    (52 miles) 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 ...

  • Carson National Forrest

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    (52 miles) 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 ...

  • Petroglyph National Monument

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    (57 miles) 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 ...