Meow Wolf’s Ultimate Santa Fe Summer Guide

As much fun as it would be to get lost in the multiverse forever, one has to come back to reality once in awhile. While in this dimension here’s our list of the best things to do during summer in (and around) Santa Fe that will keep your journey thriving.

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Meow Wolf's Santa Fe Summer Guide

Meow Wolf looooves Santa Fe and this list is our secret sauce. Below you will find 9 categories and 55 things to do that will knock your socks off!

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Day Tripping

Santa Fe has so much to offer it would be easy to suggest not going anywhere else in New Mexico. But that would be a huge mistake! This is a beautiful and diverse place full of things to see. We’ve selected a few close-by options for those of you who want to glimpse more of what the Land of Enchantment has to offer outside of the City Different.

 

 

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Taos

Home to Meow Wolf’s Taos Vortex music festival, this small community 90 minutes north of Santa Fe boasts an outsized history and present. Drop by the Kit Carson House for American frontier history. You can tour the studios of many of the Taos Society of Artists that were a force in modern arts in the early 1900s. To the west is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, where you can get a glimpse at New Mexico’s version of the Grand Canyon. In town stop by the Taos Mesa Brewery for a show. To the north lies Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continually inhabited places in North America as well as one of the most photographed and painted. The pueblo is the largest multi-storied pueblo structure still in existence. The Taos Pueblo community welcomes visitors most of the year, but check for closings around special tribal days and events.

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Madrid

About 30 miles south of Santa Fe down the two lane highway-14 exists a town frozen in time. Beginning around 1835, Madrid was originally a coal mining town. The rich history is almost tangible in Madrid and the old west aesthetic has been captured in feature films and gets a mention in the locally shot smash hit Breaking Bad. With a population under 200 this is a great place to slow down a bit. Visit the Ghost Town Museum and stop by the Mine Shaft Tavern for refreshing libations and live music.

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Pie Town

On the second Saturday in September this small New Mexico town becomes the center of pie. Located 2 miles west of the Continental Divide this town of 186 is definitely worth a day trip any time of year. We recommend driving south to Albuquerque and taking I-40 west through the Laguna Pueblo lands. Going this way leads to NM-117 where you’ll get to drive through the El Malpais Conservation, the scenery is amazing and there are many places to pull over and take photos or quick walks. The drive, which is honestly a huge reason for the trip, is 3 hours so make sure to leave early. Grab lunch and a slice of pie at the Pie Town Cafe before heading back.
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Ghost Ranch

Only an hour from Santa Fe, Ghost Ranch was made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe. The site offers a host of activities related to the painter and to the natural beauty that she loved. Take a guided tour of the space and have lunch in the dining hall. There are many hiking opportunities that range from simple to advanced. We recommend the beautiful Chimney Rock Trail, it’s a relatively easy hike with amazing views. While here check out the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology. Both highlight the natural history of the area. If you have time, there’s even a spa on site for pre-return drive massages.

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Los Alamos / Bandelier National Monument

Atom Bombs and petroglyphs! Los Alamos has a unique history as both a secret military facility and a thriving community. Today you can find the history of the Manhattan Project only a short drive from the 11,000 year history of Ancestral Pueblo People in Frijoles Canyon. After a morning of exploring the cliff dwellings in Bandelier, head into town for lunch at Bathtub Brewery and an afternoon of science at the Bradbury Science Museum. And keep a lookout for the numbered entrances for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL is the largest employer in northern New Mexico and studies everything from nuclear deterrence to energy solutions.

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Swimming at Abiquiu Lake

There is no better text to get on a hot summer day than one that reads “Abiquiu Lake.” About an hour drive from Santa Fe and amidst some of the most stunning scenery Northern New Mexico has to offer, Abiquiu Lake offers a most welcome retreat from the heat. This sizable lake offers picturesque swimming spots, covered picnic areas, and cliff jumping for those who want to amp up their day at the lake. So grab some friends, drinking water, and sunscreen and head north to one of the most beautiful spots in the state.

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Relax & Rejuvenate

As if the natural beauty wasn’t enough, Santa Fe is home to many ways to relax. Here we have a few of our favorite options for self-care in the City Different.

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Ojo Caliente

It’s time to get muddy. Ojo is one of the oldest natural spring spas in the US, located an hour from Santa Fe, the spa makes a great afternoon trip. They have 4 mineral springs as well as a mud pool for that extra childlike experience. The resort also features hiking, massage, yoga, and gardening on site. There’s also birding tours for the avians among you.
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Ten Thousand Waves

“You will get wet, you may get soaked” doubles both as a warning for the log ride at Cliff’s amusement park in Albuquerque as well as a guarantee at one of Santa Fe’s most popular destinations, 10,000 Waves. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains this serene Japanese styled bathhouse is the perfect place to slow down and zen out. With two large communal tubs and several premium private tubs (no words can do justice to how amazingly nice these are) there is a soaking experience to fit any budget. 10,000 Waves also offers premium lodging and is home to Izanami, one of the best restaurants in Santa fe which is saying a lot. Known by locals simply as “the waves” this spot is a must for anyone who needs to take a beat, relax, and be spirited away.
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San Antonio Hot Springs

Want an adventure? This hot spring is a little difficult to find, but is so worth it... About an hour west from Los Alamos in the Jemez Mountains, this trip will test both you and your car. You’ll want to look up detailed directions, as this is not a easy to find spot. Sitting at the end of Forest Service Road 376 is a gate. Sometimes that gate is open. Sometimes it’s closed. We recommend parking here and hiking the 5 miles to the springs, the road is very unpredictable and you will need a 4X4 with high clearance to even attempt it. At the end of the trail a series of pools sit on the mountain side. The site doubles for a tremendous view that looks off into the valley. You’ll melt. You’ll relax. The secluded spot gets incredibly busy in the summer, so expect to meet other hikers.

Photo Attribution: "San Antonio Hot Springs" by John Fowler is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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La Posada

On the east side of town only a few minutes walk from the plaza, La Posada gives you a secluded spa experience without needing to leave the heart of the city. This full-service spa and resort offers everything from yoga classes to tapas. Check out the rooftop terrace for great views of the mountains. If you aren’t staying on site, don’t worry, you can still book a massage and treat yourself before heading back out to explore more of town.
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Manby (Taos)

Manby hot springs are located north of Taos. From highway 522 turn west onto county road B007 and take another left onto a dirt road just before B007 makes a hard right. You’ll want to consult a map before heading out. After you reach the Manby springs parking lot it’s about a 15 minute walk to two sand-bottom and rock pools that are located in the ruins of an old stagecoach stop. These springs are generally around 97 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no fee for the pools and clothing is optional.

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Go On A Walk

We are an outdoors town. Here are a few of our favorite walks within the city for those who might want to stay in town and not go full-on with a hike.

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East Alameda

It’s nice to take a break from the desert sun and go on a walk. Starting downtown, Alameda becomes a lush, tree-lined river walk. As you cross Paseo de Peralta the street suddenly feels secluded and quiet. It’s a break from the bustle of downtown. As a bonus, it runs parallel to Canyon Road with small bridges that cross the Santa Fe River every now and then. You can run across and jump into the art world, then dip back out at your leisure. Side note: This end of Alameda is a great place to park when heading to Canyon Road.
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Santa Fe River Trail

The Santa Fe River often doesn’t feel like a river. We get it. But starting way down East Alameda at Patrick Smith Park and winding along residential and open land 15 miles to the west, this historic restoration of the river has been an ongoing project since 2008. This year the mile between Frenchy’s Field and Siler Road will be completed. The trail is a beautiful walk any time of the year, but is also a great way to tour the city by bicycle. Rent a bike from Mellow Velo or Broken Spoke and explore!
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Walking Tours

The City Different has a ton of tour options. There are riding tours, bike tours, walking tours, even Segway tours. Here’s a quick list of ones we find interesting:

1) Santa Fe Jeep Tours offers a variety of off-road adventures.

2) Stefanie Beninato’s Jewish Legacy Tour gives insights into a little-known part of Santa Fe’s history. (505) 988-8022

3) The Original Santa Fe Ghost Tour needs little explanation needs little explanation. We are a city full of ghosts.
[email protected] / (505) 983-7774.

4) The Loretto Line is the classic jump on bus tour of Santa Fe.

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Hit the Trails

These are our favorite hikes. They vary in length and difficulty. We highly recommend grabbing a hiking guide or hitting up Travel Bug Cafe on Paseo de Peralta for a map.

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Atalaya

This moderate 5.8 mile trail starts in a parking lot behind St. John’s College and winds up into the mountains. The first third moves behind houses and arroyos. As you go the incline slowly increases and nature becomes more present until you top out at an incredible view of the entire city. The perfect city to nature transitional hike with well-marked easy and hard trails, the up and back trek will take 3-4 hours. Bring water and good shoes. This trail is really popular so you’ll find yourself among friends. Dogs are permitted but, like most trails in Santa Fe, they should be on a leash.
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Picacho

One of the many Dale Ball Trails, Picacho starts at the Cerro Gordo Trailhead at the end of Upper Canyon Road. This moderate 4 mile round trip hike will take you about 3 hours. There are a ton of side trails, so this can easily become a full day. Trails are numbered. Picacho starts as trail 29. This short hike winds up the peak to a spectacular view of the city. It’s well-visited, so there will be other people and dogs. The trail is also mostly in direct sun, take all the water and sunscreen.
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Sun Mountain

Don’t have a whole day to spend hiking? No worries. Sun Mountain, which is accessible just off Old Santa Fe Trail, is the perfect short hike to knock out without commiting your whole day. Sun Mountain Trail is a 1.4 miles out and back hike that offers a stunning view of the city and surrounding area. Rated as a moderate trail this extremely close to town outing is perfect for the whole family though it does have it’s steep and rocky sections. Need to bring a hiking companion? No problem, dogs are welcome on the trail if you keep them on a leash.
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Tent Rocks

About a 45 minute drive from Santa Fe and millions of years in the making lies Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Walk through history as you explore the cone-shaped tent rock formations which are products of volcanic eruptions that occured 6 to 7 million years ago. Tent Rocks offers an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geological processes that shape natural landscapes while being a manageable hike for the whole family. Exploring this alien landscape will inspire the imagination of the old and young alike.

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Santa Fe National Forest (Windsor Trail, Raven's Ridge)

At 1.5 million acres, the Santa Fe National Forest covers a large section of the mountains to the east and west of Santa Fe. Close to town you have the Pecos Wilderness and the trails through the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests. The best part of hiking in the mountains is the shift from desert to Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Within 20 minutes you find yourself in the heart of a pine forest with a cooler and wetter climate than the city proper. Here you’ll find a wealth of trails of every difficulty. We recommend the Windsor and Raven’s Ridge trails. But the hike to the top of Baldy is an impressive full-day adventure. Take water and sunscreen and check the weather twice, sudden rains and flooding occur along many of the trails. Rains come mostly in the afternoons, but it’s Santa Fe, so it’s hard to be 100% on anything.

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Culture Up

Santa Fe has a history going back thousands of years. With that pedigree you better believe that there is a lot of culture to explore. This is a list of our favorite art spaces and events.

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Currents New Media

Currents is its own kind of multiverse. From June 8-24 this month-long event brings Santa Fe to the forefront of new media arts and technology. You’ll find yourself in a VR headset one moment, then playing with fighting bots the next. The exhibits blur the line between fine art and technology in ever more engaging ways. Currents is always the best of local and international interactive and non-interactive installations, multimedia performances, VR/AR, robotics and 3D printing. The main exhibit is at the Railyard, but smaller events happen citywide.
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International Folk Art Market

Featuring 900 artists from 90 countries, the mission of the International Folk Art Market is to create pathways for folk artists to celebrate and preserve traditional arts while making a living in our modern world. From July 13-15 you can head to Museum Hill and see what a truly global community looks like. The sheer volume of art on display is astounding. We recommend going early, as it is a crowded event. There are a few spots in town to park and catch a shuttle up to the event as parking at the market is limited to participants and vendors.

Traditional Spanish Market

From July 28-29 250 artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado transform downtown Santa Fe into a celebration of Spanish colonial art. With a critical mass of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork this event is a yearly spectacle not to be missed. Alongside the adult artisans, a mentorship program highlights young artists in the early stages of honing their crafts.

Indian Market

The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest Native American fine art show in the world and the single biggest annual tourist draw to Santa Fe. Nearly 1,000 Native artists inhabit booths that line the plaza and spill onto the surrounding side streets. Musical and dance performances take place on the plaza stage as well as the convention center and food carts serving Navajo tacos and fry bread are always a delicious and dependable staple of the event. A best of show ceremony takes place on Friday, August 17 and the official event takes place August 18th and 19th.
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One of Santa Fe’s most experimental gallery spaces. With a stated goal of pushing the boundaries of art, craft, and design, form & concept is always an eclectic experience. With an eye towards younger and less established artists the space often features works that are affordable and collectible. One of the few galleries to actively promote performance, the space often partners with various groups in town to bring the best of local and international art. The gallery also hosts artist residencies, workshops, lectures, and other outreach programs.
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SITE Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s premier museum for contemporary art earned its world-class status by focusing on highly curated biennials. The first of its kind in the US, SITE tends to focus on political and cultural art. They have just reopened after a massive renovation project that saw the building undergo dramatic change. New attractions include a large performance and lecture space, a rooftop patio, a learning center, and nearly double the gallery space. This years biennial opens August 3rd and highlights artists of the Americas.
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New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico’s oldest art museum held their 100th anniversary celebrations in 2017. This institution is located right on the plaza in one of the more distinct buildings in town. Featuring a synthesis of Spanish and Pueblo styles, the museum’s towers are a landmark in the skyline of the city. With a focus that spans the breadth of New Mexico’s history, the museum is a treasure trove of cultural learning. Admission is only $12 but if you get a New Mexico Culture Pass from the Department of Cultural Affairs you can visit 15 NM museums and historic sites for only $30.

Food Coma

It’s time to eat. It might not appear like it on the surface, but Santa Fe is a food-lovers dream. There are world-class restaurants all over the city. You can find anything you want from Northern New Mexico classics to the cutting edge of gastronomy.

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Paper Dosa

Santa Fe is definitely an art city. But it’s also a food city with an international flair. Before moving into their permanent home in 2015, this South Indian restaurant held weekly pop-ups around town that quickly earned a massive following. Since the brick and mortar version opened Paper Dosa has come to be a mainstay for locals and visitors. Focusing on seasonal and authentic Indian foods, it is the definition of comfort food. There’s a great patio for summer evening dining. The seating inside is tight and has a communal feel to it that encourages talking amongst the customers.
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Radish & Rye

Farm to table meets whiskey revolution. This mid to high end bar features a vast list of whiskies from across the globe, well-crafted cocktails, and amazing ambiance. In the dining end of things you have a unique mix of small and large plates that lean heavily into hardy fare that is sourced locally. Grab an Abuelito cocktail, it features smoked tobacco, and is incredible.
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Izanami

After a long soak at 10,000 Waves it’s likely you’ll have built up an appetite and you’ll be in luck because on the premises lies Izanami an izakaya serving upscale japanese bar food. Small plates meant for sharing means you’ll get to try a lot of different dishes and you’ll want to try them all. With locally-sourced meat and produce expertly prepared with an emphasis on seasonality there is always some new, exciting, and delicious to try. For a before or after dinner libation make sure to ask your server about Santa Fe’s best selection of artisanal micro brew cold sake.
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Jambo Cafe

African-Caribbean fusion made with love is the secret to this mid-town mainstay. Featuring jerk chicken, amazing coconut curried tofu, as well as goat stew, we cannot recommend Jambo enough. There’s a second location in Albuquerque and a food truck, so you have no excuses not to try it out. The restaurant also has a non-profit wing funding a clinic in Chef Ahmed Obo’s hometown of Lamu, Kenya and a dry goods store that sells a variety of goods from all over Africa
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Tortilla Flats

Tortilla Flats is a Santa Fe institution serving up Mexican and New Mexican cuisine in a comfy family friendly setting literally a 10 second walk from Meow Wolf. Find out whether you’re on team green or red when ordering chile with your meal or if you can’t decide, “christmas” is the expression we use to order both. With extensive hours of operation Tortilla Flats serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you’ll always encounter a friendly staff, quick service, and an affordable menu. A full bar rounds out the experience of this local favorite.
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Plaza Cafe Southside

The Plaza Cafe Southside has quickly become classic. Opening in 2003 and moving to its current location in 2009 this local eatery has won the hearts of fans of the original Famous Plaza Cafe and newcomers to the establishment alike. With a casual and inviting atmosphere, an extensive menu, and a very accommodating and friendly staff there is no reason to debate where to eat. You have found it. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic New Mexican dish, spicy fish and chips, or just a dang grilled cheese there is something on the menu for every member of your clan and since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, any time is a good time head over to the Plaza Cafe Southside.
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Opuntia

In the Baca Street section of the Railyard lies Opuntia, finding it can feel like navigating the House of Eternal Return. But the journey is worth it. The space is mostly made of glass to accommodate the plants that are also sold out of this tea house. Polenta bowls, chicken salad, and the ever present avocado toast are some of the trendy foods that make up the refined but affordable menu. On your way out check out the small area across from the register for dishware made by local artists.
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Milad

Canyon Road is a fun and overwhelming experience. With its mix of one-way and two-way streets and crowd of people looking at the multitudes of art galleries open for perusal, as a local it can feel mean to send tourists there. BUT. Go there you must. If for no other reason than to eat at Milad. The Persian Bistro is a modern take on classic Persian foods. Kabob, rich Mirza Ghassemi, and a rotating host of specials with a killer wine list will satisfy any vegetarian or meat eater in your group. The biggest draw might be the hours, open later than most restaurants in town, this is a must eat destination.

Random Awesomeness

These are the quirky things that make Santa Fe the place it is. Some are full on events, others are experiences that locals cherish.

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Sunsets at Cross of the Martyrs

One cannot deny the unbridled spectacle that is Santa Fe sunsets. Once your eyes catch a glimpse of the exploding symphony of color on the horizon you’ll want to get as high as you can, in elevation that is, and if you're in the downtown area then set your waypoint to the Cross of the Martyrs monument. Climb the winding path and read the plaques about the history of the city or drive right to the top and expedite the splendor. Sunset viewing at the Cross of the Martyrs is the unofficial city activity and creates a melting pot for locals and tourists to remember that we may not all be from the same place, but for the moment we’re all adjacent to the same incredible color blasted phenomenon.

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Summer Bandstand Series

June 21st marks the first day of summer as well as the kick off of the Summer Bandstand Series. Enjoy an eclectic mix of live shows all summer long on the Santa Fe plaza and this year the event expands to the southside with some shows taking place at Swan Park. Featuring local and national acts this free event is always worth checking out. Head over to santafebandstand.org for the full line up and schedule.
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Jean Cocteau Cinema

Opening in 1983, this movie theater was bought and remodelled by George R. R. Martin in 2013. Showing an eclectic mix of sci fi, horror and modern indy fare, the theater has evolved to hosting book readings, magic performances, comedy and interviews that Martin hosts himself. You can come by on Wednesdays for board game night or shop for Martin’s Game of Thrones merch.

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After Dark

Santa Fe has a reputation for going to bed early. This is an outdated view. We have a vibrant music scene and a ever growing brewery/distilling community. Here are some of the highlights of modern Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Spirits

This Read Street bar feels like a best friend’s living room. If your friend had a rotating menu of insanely delicious cocktails and a fully loaded selection of their home-made multiple award-winning spirits on hand. Stop by for the best cocktail happy hour in town and lounge in the big leather chairs that dot the room. It's a quick walk from here to the railyard so you can take an evening stroll along the tracks afterwards.
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Meow Wolf

I mean. You like weird, right? You like good music, right? Meow Wolf after dark is just as exciting as it is during the day. Bringing in both international and local acts the MW stage has seen it all, from DJs to acrobats. Party with us in the multiverse. You probably won’t want to leave.
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Tonic

Do you like jazz? Do you like cocktails? Both are great and you should really get out more if you answered no. The people of Santa Fe like twists on well-tested concepts. The jazz bar might be one of the most worn out ideas there is, but Tonic has made it new with a very on-trend mixology ethos and fresh take on bar food. Black garlic chicken nuggets? Yes, that is a thing.
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Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery

Santa Fe’s newest spot might also be its most diverse and family friendly. Boasting a menu of 9 rotating beers and 7 spirits as well has a food asist from the Bang Bite food truck, owners Jason and Jason have quickly gained a following in the City Different. The new space boasts a kid zone as well as a large stage area for events that has quickly found a niche in the city.
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New Mexico Hard Cider

New to the scene and quickly beloved New Mexico Hard Cider have solidified themselves as an affordable and casual alternative to the pricey tourist traps that inhabit much of Santa Fe’s downtown nightlife real estate. With 9 hard ciders brewed right here in Santa Fe on tap and 21 locally crafted beers there’s something for everyone. If lack of drink is not what ails you, but hunger, fear not, New Mexico Hard Cider’s extensive food menu has got you covered. Equipped with a free pool table, a few big screen TVs, and a patio to enjoy the majestic summer nights of Santa Fe, New Mexico Hard Cider is the ideal place to take a couple friends or make a few new ones.
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Secreto Lounge

The Hotel St. Francis is one of Santa Fe’s most beautiful buildings. And nestled within is one of the city’s most interesting bars. Specializing in craft cocktails, this is the bar that brought modern mixology to Santa Fe. Try the smoked sage margarita and spend some time on the patio people watching.
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Matador

Just a stone’s throw from the Santa Fe plaza and down a narrow set of stairs lurks the lively Matador, Santa Fe’s interpretation of a dive bar. Classic punk blares onto the street like a siren song for those who like their tunes and their nightlife a little louder. Once within the poster laden walls you can test your knowledge of 80s cult films by trying to guess what’s playing on their big screen, is it Repo Man or maybe something by John Carpenter? The friendly staff are prepared for the onslaught of drink orders that flow their way and won't hesitate to hook it up with a bottle of water if it looks like you’ve had a long night. Whether you're settling in for a night of raucous punk or just grabbing a nightcap at last call remember to hit the ATM because this Santa Fe institution is cash only.
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Second Street Rufina Taproom

The Rufina Taproom is the newest addition from local heavy hitters Second Street Brewery. Their new spot finds itself located just a few blocks away from Meow Wolf on Rufina St. With 12 of their own beers on tap and a constantly changing guest tap even the most particular beer connoisseur will surely find something that excites their palate. Add on top of all that a full and delicious food menu and you're on your way to one heck of a satisfied evening out. What's that? Still not satisfied? Then enjoy the cherry on top that is Rufina Taproom’s professional stage and sound system which hosts an eclectic mix of live music several nights a week. A great place for the whole family to get acquainted with the local music scene and beyond. Most shows are all ages.
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Paloma

Modern Mexican influenced cuisine is the highlight of this recent addition to Santa Fe’s nightlife. This restaurant is great, you should eat here. But more importantly, you should grab a drink off of their extensive mezcal influenced bar menu. Featuring a range of delicious margaritas and classic cocktails, the bar menu is one of the best in town. Make sure to check out Molly’s Manhattan, a twist on the classic using tequila and cherry bitters. They also have weekly specials and a great brunch. Located right by the Santa Fe Railyard, this is a great place to kick back for a bit at the end of your day.

Family Time

Kids might not be into museums or long hikes, but they will be into the list we’ve gathered of fun things the whole family will enjoy.

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Museum of International Folk Art Girard Collection

With more than 10,000 individual objects and miniatures, the Girard Collection has been delighting guests for 25 years. Arranged into a large diorama featuring houses, nature scenes, and parades, these miniatures were collected by Alexander Girard on his travels across the world. The exhibit was designed in 1982 by Girard himself to highlight the uniqueness of this collection. There are always more things to be seen in the tiny intricate scenes.
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Santa Fe Children’s Museum

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a special place where education and play are one and the same. Believing that experiential learning is necessary to accompany traditional education, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum have created a space that provides a dynamic, hands on, and exploratory environment. Check out the santafechildrenmuseum.org for a list of summer programming.
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Railyard Park

Next to SITE Santa Fe is one of the more interesting parks in the city. The Railyard Park was designed to represent different aspects of New Mexico’s natural heritage. Featuring mostly native plants and focusing on arroyo, bosque, and ornamental design, the park is a beautiful cultural touchstone in the city. There are picnic tables and bike trails throughout with the highlight for kids being the large playground. This playground features design meant to challenge creativity. It’s one of the best in town so make sure to check it out.
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Meow Wolf

Massive, immersive, insane, creative, lose your mind fun for all ages. Getting lost is the best way to find yourself. And the best way for kids to be kids.
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Hinkle Family Fun Center (Albuquerque)

This place is bananas. You couldn’t possibly do all the activities they offer in one day. Go karts, laser tag, and two 18 hole courses of mini golf are just a few of the offerings Hinkle crams into their family fun center. With a new immersive virtual reality, Hinkle is stepping into the 21st century while still offering 90s gems like bumper cars and boats, a paintball course, and an extensive game room and arcade. Bypass the Albuquerque traffic, take Tramway Rd, and enjoy a stunning view of the Sandia Mountains as you make your way to Hinkle.
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Tinkertown (Albuquerque)

Want to know what Meow Wolf’s basement would feel like? Just 20 minutes outside of Albuquerque is the closest thing to an answer. Tinkertown just might be the weirdest place to visit in New Mexico, and that is a feat. Started by artist Ross Ward as a private collection of his carvings and Americana, the museum has evolved into an eclectic 22-room explosion of creativity. There are animated miniatures, collections of wedding toppers, coin-operated fortune tellers, and even a 35’ sailboat. You’ll be overwhelmed in the best way.
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Albuquerque BioPark

The Albuquerque BioPark is just an hour from Santa Fe and a perfect day trip for the family. The park features the Albuquerque Zoo, Albuquerque Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Tingley Beach. Pick one or get combo tickets which are available 9am to noon, Tuesday through sunday and will get you admission into the three parks with train rides between them. The beach area features boat rides, fishing, and picnic areas.

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Explora Museum (Albuquerque)

Explora is a science, technology, and arts center in Albuquerque. Low implementations of directions accompanying the exhibits and activities offer the guests an opportunity to explore and make discoveries in their own way. The hands-on activities are as fun as they are educational and though it’s primarily for the kiddos, parents and adults can expect a thought provoking and educational experience themselves.

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Big Adventure Comics

Santa Fe’s place for all things comic related. Toys, trade paperbacks, the latest issues of your favorite comic books. All under one roof. Along with several weekly Magic tournaments and pop-up events. Located conveniently close to two movie theaters and a cafe, drop the kids off and take a break next door.