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Enjoying Santa Fe as a Family

The high desert of New Mexico is a fabulous place for all ages to visit, and there are so many things to do in Santa Fe with a family: skiing, hiking, biking, strolling, shopping, visiting parks, museums, galleries, and the phenomenal natural wonders surrounding the city. From people-watching and playing in Santa Fe Plaza to hands-on activities at every turn, Santa Fe is a family-friendly town like no other.

The Lodge at Santa Fe is the perfect location to base your Santa Fe family adventure from. We have an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a children's menu at our Garduño's Restaurant, free WIFI, complimentary parking and a complimentary shuttle to take you to downtown Santa Fe. Plus we are pet-friendly, so we offer all members of your family a chance to experience Santa Fe and we have some foothills hiking trails right out our backyard. 

The information that follows lists some of the many family activities in Santa Fe - but it doesn't end here. Take a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where every generation can learn how to make red chile sauce and tortillas. Or grab some take-out and enjoy free live music at various venues around town and free movies in the summer. Go rock climbing, rafting, horseback riding - there is no end to the opportunity and fun.
Museum of International Folk Art Experience Cultures from Around the World
Santa Fe Children's Museum
An interactive dream of a museum: water channels, mirrored tunnels, art and science workshops; and an outdoor garden with fruit trees, sculptures, a pond, musical installations and a miniature adobe village.

Museum of International Folk Art
Home to the world’s largest collection of folk art -- a collection of more than 150,000 artifacts, the Museum of International Folk Art celebrated, in 2003, 50 years of documenting, collecting, preserving and interpreting the creative works of traditional artists from cultures around the world.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
"The Ranch of the Swallows," is an historic rancho, now a living history museum. Dating from the early 1700s it was an important paraje -- stopping place -- along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Experience the life of another time in a location unlike any other in America.

Outdoor Sculpture Garden Canyon Road
The Harrell House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum
Visit Oliver Greer’s collection of 2,400 amazing mounted specimens -- spectacular insects from around the world -- as well as the Harrell House’s collection of LIVE invertebrates including tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, insect and more!

Family Art Programs at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s education and public programs have won praise from parents, educators and school administrators, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and Santa Fe Arts Commission. Since opening in 1997, The Museum has served over 150,000 people through its education and public programs.

Wiford Gallery Wind Sculpture Garden
Wiford Gallery is a destination for fine art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Surrounded by a spacious outdoor sculpture garden and nestled just off Canyon Road.

Santa Fe Climbing Center
Northern New Mexico’s only indoor climbing gym features a bouldering room and a top rope / lead climbing room with a large selection of routes for all levels of climber. Children and families welcome!

St. John's Music on the Hill
The Music on the Hill™ concert series, sponsored by St. John’s College, is a popular signature Santa Fe Summer event.

Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center and Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for plants, animals and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 190 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service and the sustainable management of our nature preserves and public garden.

The Santa Fe Railyard
The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the park -- there's so much to do: shopping; dining; farmer's market; artisan market train spotting; summer movies in the park; and free live music!

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