Santa Fe, New Mexico not only is amongst the most beautiful places in all of the Southwest but also amongst the entire US.
Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico which offers the tourists with its vast desert landscapes; it’s incredibly amazing sightseeing places as well as the historical and cultural exposure. All of these aspects combined tell a person as to what America is truly about.
If you are enthralled about having a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, we have compiled a list of all the best & fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe Opera
The first thing to do out of all the best & fun things to din Santa Fe, New Mexico is to go to Santa Fe opera to watch a great live performance.
This place offers its audience with some of the really best productions in the entire state of New Mexico.
Generations of the family arrive at the Santa Fe Opera house to watch their amazing performances that mark a special memory in their mind.
Some of the great shows at the Santa Fe Opera are “Tristan and Isolde” and “the barber of Seville”.
Another great experience for visitors at the Santa Fe Opera is to do tailgating; something one does before the football game but in a much classier manner.
Making a list of the best & fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be incomplete without adding some free activity as the free things are truly the best.
One of these free things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico is to play the Disc Golf.
This game is quite like the traditional game of golf where one has to reach the target in as little moves as they can. The climate of Santa Fe, New Mexico makes it great for playing Disc Golf and there are plenty of these golf courses one can choose from.
For those who wish to play a game of 18 holes, we recommend playing it at the Santa Fe’s Monica Lucero Park.
If you have little time to play golf, then play a nine-hole game at the Ashbaugh Park. But be sure to have practiced your disc throwing techniques before hitting the course.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
There are roots of numerous Native American tribes in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Santa Fe has done a superb job in raising awareness as well as the preservation of these tribes’ cultural heritage intact.
There is one such place where one can learn about the particular cultures of the Native American people and it is called the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. There is also another building named Laboratory of Anthropology which is the combined venture with the museum.
Both of these institutions were founded back in 1949 simultaneously. The main goal of the Museum is to focus on the goods of these Native Americans while the Laboratory of Anthropology works in knowing the way of life of these people and who they were able to retain their separate identities.
From the month of May till October, the museum remains open from 10 AM till 5 PM. As from November till May, the timings are 10 AM till 5 PM. For the outsiders of New Mexico, the admission fee is 12 dollars for adults while students and seniors (of and above age 60) are charged 11 dollars.
As for the natives of New Mexico, the fee is 7 dollars for adults while students and seniors have to pay 6 dollars. As for the teens of 16 years of age or below, they can enter for free in both cases.
New Mexico Military Museum
The entire Santa Fe, New Mexico seems like a big art museum but to really experience the true art and all of it in one place; you must hit the place called New Mexico Museum of Art.
This place is brimming with all the amazing art of the Southwest and their collection is simply exquisite.
Some of the great works here are from the Santa Fe native artists likes Gina Knee Brook and Paul Burlin.
The admission fee is 12 dollars for the non-residents of the state while residents have to pay 7 dollars. Age 16 and below are allowed for free.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
If you are a Christian then do visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi as it will prove a moving experience for your faith.
This church happens to be one of the stunning looking churches in the southwest with countless stories behind it.
Even if you are not a Christian, you will still be mesmerized by the great architectural design of the church. The high towers of this church seem to be a reverence towards the lord.
Inside, any Christian will be moved to see stuff like the Our Lady La Conquistadora; a statue of the Virgin Mary dating back almost to 17th century as well as the keystone engraved with Hebrew Tetragrammaton.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Georgia O’Keeffe is considered to be one of the greatest artists in America and she happens to be an icon in the Southwest.
While visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, be sure to visits the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum which has a vast collection of the artist’s work.
Amongst the many galleries in the museum is an art collection titled as Abstract nature which has the art made by Georgia O’Keeffe inspired by nature.
Then there is Georgia O’Keeffe New Mexico which is the show of love for the state by artist and the “My New Yorks” which represents the beauty of urban life.
Liquid Light Glass
This is one of the unique places to visit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and should be placed on any list for all the best & Fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Liquid Light Glass located in the city is a place where one can enjoy watching the master glass-makers immersed in their art or you can also try making one too.
Liquid Light Glass was founded by a famed glassblower named Elodie Holmes, the place also offers classes to people for learning about the craft and they even offer sending a finished product to your home.
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market
Well, city’s get modernized each passing day there is still room for them to hold a farmer’s market and visiting the one in Santa Fe, New Mexico is really fun.
The Santa Fe Framer’s Market offers visitors to buy all kinds of amazing produces from the local vendors.
This Santa Fe Farmer’s market is held at the Rail Yard district; one of the Santa Fe’s beloved parts. They not only sell vegetables and fruits but also baked goods, poultry, and other food items. There are four different kinds of markets that are held here with each one having their own months and timings. The names of these markets are as follows.
- Saturday market
- Tuesday market
- Wednesday Market
- Tuesday Del Sur Supermarket
Santa Fe International New Media Festival
The Santa Fe International New Media Festival is a must to add on the list of all the best & fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This is a place where one can experience different kinds of creativity and one can see the work of all the artists here free of cost.
Among the many artists whose work is shown at this place include names like Ashley Autumn, Santina Amato, and Brandon Aleson.
Some of the artworks that are shown here include different viewing mediums such as robotics, light sculptures, and augmented reality.
You have to visit this place to know what you have been missing out on the modern art forms.
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Last but not least on the list of all the best & fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico is to visit the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary.
This sanctuary actually holds more than 200 different types of birds that roam on a land of 130 acres. This is a place which can be enjoyed as a family.
Amongst the many birds here, some of them are Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Chickadee, and Spotted Towhee.
The great thing about this place is that there is no admission fee. The place is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 AM till 4 PM.