Kid Friendly Attractions in Santa Fe

Many kids will be just as enthralled with the sights and sounds of Santa Fe as adults. The building look cool and old, there's western themes everywhere–pick up a hat and stick horse at a Plaza tourist shop and littler tykes will play cowboy all afternoon long.

On the Plaza there's usually some form of family entertainment going on, even if it's just running around on the grass while parents take a break and maybe catch some live music.

But after awhile the City Different may become the City Boring for kids who have had their share of adobe and museums. Fortunately, there are plenty of things in Santa Fe for the younger family members. Our Top 10 list can't really be considered a ranking because activities depend on the kiddo's interest. Outdoor lovers will enjoy hiking the mountain forest of Hyde Park north of Santa Fe; snowboarding Ski Santa Fe; indoor rock climbing at the Santa Fe Climbing Center; and swimming, ice skating and other indoor sports at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.

It's a bit of a drive to Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to the south near Cochiti Pueblo, but the climbing, hiking, cool rock formations and ancient ruins will delight active kids and parents alike.

If your child is a train nut, a visit at least to the Santa Fe Southern Railway is in order. We've sandwiched our list with two museums; The Santa Fe Children's Museum leads because it caters specifically to kids with hands-on learning projects.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas as costumed actors, blacksmiths, and room to run around. The Museum of International Folk Art rounds us out because while the toys, displays and colorful costumes are sure to capture youngsters' attention, it's still a no-touch museum, although a very cool one.

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Santa Fe Children's Museum

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1050 Old Pecos Trail

Hands-on learning fun for kids of all ages...
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Hyde Park Circle Trail

740 Hyde Park Road

The Hyde Park Circle Trail is an exciting trail with incredible vistas of surrounding mountains, such as the Sangre de Cristos, the Jemez, the Sandias, the San Pedros, and the Ortiz mountains... read more

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Genoveva Chavez Community Center

3221 Rodeo Road

Indoor swimming pool, ice rink, youth activities, gym, adult athletics... read more

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Ski Santa Fe

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2209 Brothers Road, Suite 220
100 Artist Road (Highway 475 begins here)

Affordable Outdoor Adventure... read more

Santa Fe Climbing Center

825 Early St

Indoor climbing gym... read more

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Santa Fe Southern Railway

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410 S. Guadalupe St

Scenic train rides to Lamy, special holiday trains... read more

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

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Near Cochiti Pueblo; see Directions Below

Incredible rock formations... read more

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Museum of International Folk Art

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706 Camino Lejo
On Museum Hill

Impressive collection of folk art from around the world... read more
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