For hundreds of years, Santa Fe, New Mexico has been a flourishing mecca for the blending of different people, cultures, experiences, and ideas. The outcome: A city like no other in the country or the world. There’s no limit to what you can uncover in Santa Fe, and so much of it is free for kids starting March 1 through April 15—the entire family will enjoy a vacation in The City Different! Explore Santa Fe and discover the city’s unique history, diverse art scene, memorable museums, culinary delights, and outdoor adventures.
Santa Fe’s history and culture are embedded in every element of the city, even the hotel or rental where you book your stay. At the heart of the historic district, La Fonda on the Plaza is the only hotel located in the Santa Fe Plaza, which has been the city’s cultural center since its founding in 1610. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and tickets to an off-road adventure when you stay in one of their historic rooms. Casas de Guadalupe is made up of twelve unique and authentic casitas that offer a closer look at life in Santa Fe as it was in the 1940s, when these lodgings were constructed using traditional adobe building methods. Another accommodation option, Inn and Spa at Loretto, grants visitors a Family Pass to tour the nearby Loretto Chapel, a former Roman Catholic church that is renowned for its Miraculous Staircase, which spirals up from the ground floor to the choir loft. Free breakfast, a spa credit, and an adorable stuffed Loretto Bear sweeten this offer.
Other hotels are partnering up with Santa Fe’s modern attractions. The Eldorado Hotel and Spa offers children free admission to Meow Wolf, House of Eternal Return, where hundreds of local artists have collaborated to challenge what it means to be an art gallery with their immersive experiences and interactive storytelling. No matter your age, this truly unique space, a 20,000 square-foot art exhibit of colorful fun, allows your imagination to run wild. When you stay at Drury Plaza Hotel the kiddos become the artists, immersing themselves in Santa Fe’s art scene with the Junior Artist Package. The whole family can flex their artistic muscles with Santa Fe Art Classes—their two-hour Family Painting Class takes place every day in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. Enjoy complimentary lemonade while you follow the instructor’s lead to complete your very own painting, the perfect keepsake to commemorate your trip.
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Aspiring artists are inspired by Santa Fe’s diverse collection of art museums, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Museum of International Folk Art. This Spring Break, all three museums offer free admission for children 16 and under, displaying various exhibits on visual and cultural art. The New Mexico History Museum is also free for kids, presenting young history buffs with multiple floors of artifacts and interactive displays that tell the captivating story of the American West. Spend the day at Santa Fe’s Children’s Museum and receive a goodie bag for your child to enjoy while they engage with art and science through educational and hands-on exhibits.
Find more hands-on fun this Spring Break at Santa Fe Skate School, which offers young riders a free private lesson with the purchase of any new skateboard—you can take home a fun souvenir and a new hobby. Test your family’s problem-solving skills at the Puzzah! Escape Room, where you get one hour to complete your assigned mission. Pick up another souvenir, a complimentary puzzle book filled with logic tests and games, on your way out. More free fun can be found at the Santa Fe Climbing Center, where your family can soar to new heights together in the indoor gym’s bouldering and kids climbing areas.
Beyond the city streets, explore the great outdoors on one of the many tours given by Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Take a ride in an off-road jeep through Diablo Canyon, known for its piercing cliffs of volcanic rock, or hike to La Cieneguilla and take in the ancient petroglyphs left carved into the basalt rock formations by the Anasazi ancestors of the Pueblo people. Dating back to the thirteenth century, these petroglyphs speak to New Mexico’s Native American culture, depicting images of birds, deer, and Kokopelli, a favorite fertility deity portrayed as a humpbacked flute player. Outdoor adventure awaits you at Ski Santa Fe, situated in the mountains of the scenic Santa Fe National Forest just sixteen miles outside the city. With a base elevation of 10,350 feet, the slopes are still perfectly snow-covered in the springtime and will entice skiers of all ages.
Uncover your different in The City Different, and vacation in Santa Fe this Spring Break. Visit SantaFe.org to view all Spring Break offers and plan your trip today.