New Mexico’s capital is brimming with fun and exciting things to do. With its mix of Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Anglo-American cultural influences, it is quite the mix that will enthrall the entire family.
There are so many unique things to do in Santa Fe! These are my top picks:
Top Things To Do in Santa Fe
One of the oldest and largest farmers’ markets in the country, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market was voted one of the top ten by Sunset Magazine, and for good reason. In addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale from local growers, there is live music, kids activities, and special events throughout the year.
The market is open 7am – noon on Saturdays and Tuesdays
Address: 1607 Paseo de Peralta
Rent a bike and explore.
The winding boulevards lined with eclectic shops, the natural scenery, and a mix of Southwestern and European charm make Santa Fe perfect for exploring by bicycle! There are many bike rental shops to choose from with great hourly and daily rates. So hop on!
At the heart of Santa Fe’s artistic culture scene is Canyon Road. Once a trade route to the Pecos, today it has various museums, galleries, and historical monuments, as well as cafes, tea houses, and restaurants. It is an art lover’s mecca located just east of Santa Fe Plaza.
Let’s see, how do I describe this place? Well, it is an art and entertainment collective that took shape in 2008. The major draw is called “House of Eternal Return,” an impossible-to-describe interactive art installation housed in a vast, 20,000-square-foot space. The whole experience is befitting of the best sci-fi movie.
Spend a half-day or more here at this incredibly rugged canyon, where visitors can explore the remnants of ancient southwest settlements. Among them, a collection of cave dwellings and other stone structures that were once home to the ancestors of the Pueblo people. Petroglyphs carved into the soft rock of these dwellings hold the key to knowing the past.
Expect to spend at least a half-day at this incredible outdoor laboratory, with the opportunity to experience and study the fascinating geological processes that make up the natural landscapes. This area has some of the best rock formations you will ever see. It is an excellent place to hike, bike, and just absorb all of that great nature.
Every summer since 1957, this world-renowned opera house has hosted not only the opera but comedies, dramas, and tragedies. It is an open-air venue surrounded by the glorious Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges, a spectacular way to take in a show during sunset. You may even witness “Santa Fe tailgating” where theatergoers in formal wear gather in the parking lot and mingle over finger food.
Where to Stay in Santa Fe
Surrounded by 20 acres of pinon and juniper trees, this is a Japanese-inspired oasis, perfect for an exotic getaway, and only 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. But even if you’re not staying here, a trip to their spa is well worth it, inspired by Japenese mountain hot spring resorts.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe is a fantastic boutique hotel consisting of a group of restored adobe houses with exquisite furnishings. Enjoy the best of Southwest accommodation in their interior courtyard with a soothing fountain among lush greenery.