So are you travelling to Mexico soon, I am here to help you with that, from the food to the architecture, there is a uniqueness to New Mexico that many other states simply lack. And for you visiting New Mexico with your children and not sure how to keep them occupied once you get there. you’ll find no shortage of interesting things to do.
White Sands National Monument
If the Sahara desert and the beaches of the Bahamas had a love child, it would be the White Sands National Monument. This national monument is beautiful and picturesque, comprised of gypsum crystals, and is the largest field of sand dunes of its kind on earth. There are plenty of things to do in and around White Sands National Monument. You can pack a picnic lunch with plenty of water and sunscreen.
Carlsbad Caverns may be the most impressive and beautiful system of underground caverns in North America. It was discovered in the late 1800s and named a national park in 1930. Today, more than 400,000 people visit the caverns each year. The caves are not only beautiful and mysterious but are fascinating to tour. Stay until sunset and you’ll get to watch hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from the cave’s natural entrance and spiral into the night sky.
Roswell has become a bit of a tourist site over the years and the Mecca for all the fanatical alien believers around the world. Drive down Main Street in the small town and everything from the local McDonald’s to the street lamps are alien-themed. If you plan to visit Roswell, New Mexico take the time to tour the Alien Museum and learn about the history of the town’s mysterious alien sighting.
Bisti / De-Na-Zin Badlands
After you’ve visited Roswell and nearly got your children convinced that aliens exist, take them to Bisti / De-Na-Zin Badlands. The wilderness area is free to enter and offers some really great and pictorial desert hikes. Beware, there are no marked trails so know where you are going and don’t get lost.
Bandelier National Monument
Native American culture is deeply entwined in the state’s history at Bandelier National Monument, just outside of the small town of Los Alamos, you’ll find evidence of human settlement that dates back 11,000 years when the Pueblo Indians built cliff dwellings to survive. Visitors to Bandelier National Monument can even climb ladders to explore some of the cave-like homes built into the limestone cliffs.
Albuquerque is one of the greatest cities in New Mexico to visit with children. To get a good feel for the city, start out with a visit to Old Town. This historic area of Albuquerque features narrow streets lined with adobe buildings. A variety of great shops and cafes run by local artisans and restaurateurs make Old Town a great place to shop local and support small businesses.
Santa Fe gives you a true sense for the state. As a first-time visitor to Santa Fe, you’ll want to head to the plaza and walk through the surrounding streets. Take time to dip into some of the many art galleries in the area, and of course, enjoy a traditional New Mexican meal made with hatch green chiles.
The Taos Pueblo is commonly believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. The multi-story adobe complex is home to about 150 Pueblo Indians and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to the Taos Pueblo can tour the community, learn about life at the Pueblo, and witness tribal events like ceremonial dances and feasts.
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