Museum of Indian Arts and CultureSaint Francis Cathedral at NightRoasting green chile at the Santa Fe Railyard
Santa Fe Green Chile
Beautiful Santa Fe bike trail
Santa Fe Hiker
Ski Santa Fe
Oldest Church in America.

Families will love:

  • 300 days of sunshine
  • The oldest capital city full of heritage
  • Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Full of heritage and culture, arts and outdoor recreation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the country's oldest capital city, dating back to 1610, and its highest, at 7,000 feet above sea level. For visiting families, the colorful city offers loads of opportunities to learn about the history of New Mexico -- from its first Native American inhabitants to the Spaniards' arrival to ... more
Full of heritage and culture, arts and outdoor recreation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the country's oldest capital city, dating back to 1610, and its highest, at 7,000 feet above sea level. For visiting families, the colorful city offers loads of opportunities to learn about the history of New Mexico -- from its first Native American inhabitants to the Spaniards' arrival to American statehood. Visitors enjoy sampling delicious southwest cuisine, admiring world-famous art and architecture, and taking in the glorious natural scenery of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the foothills of the Rockies.

With 300 days of sunshine a year, and typical bright, blue-sky days, Santa Fe's great climate beckons all year long. Remember, though, that when you are out and about exploring the pedestrian-friendly downtown area, or hiking, river rafting, skiing or horseback riding in the nearby mountains or Santa Fe National Forest, that you are in high altitude. Visitors from the flatland should drink plenty of water and take it easy the first few days while you adjust to the thinner air.

Most visitors don't leave Santa Fe without visiting the Santa Fe Plaza, which has been the city's central gathering place since the 17th century. It is a National Historic Landmark, lined with shops, restaurants, churches, museums and centuries-old buildings. With grassy areas, shady trees and benches, the Plaza also a nice place for families to bring a picnic and people watch. From the Plaza, many family-friendly sights are within walking distance.

Written by Kara Williams less

Santa Fe Planning & Tips
Santa Fe Family Travel Forum

10 Top-Rated Family Hotels in Santa Fe


Santa Fe Family Hotels

Santa Fe Family Reviews

Mixing it up: something for the kids, something for the parents, something for everyone
by espressivist
Family was the initial draw, but there's enough to do in and around Santa Fe for middle and older kids and adults to reward several trips. We rented ... read more
Santa Fe Family Reviews

275 Santa Fe Family Vacation Rentals


3 Bdrms, sleeps 6
from $550/Nt.

2 Bdrms, sleeps 4
from $210/Nt.

2 Bdrms, sleeps 4
from $160/Nt.

Santa Fe Vacation Rentals

10 Santa Fe Family Attractions


Santa Fe Family Attractions

  •  
    FREE Family Travel Newsletter
  • Family Travel Tips   (7 New)

    Family Planning and Tips

    • Carnival Miracle Travel Tips
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips All About the Extras Sail & Sign Card Carnival ships feature Sail & Sign cards, which make life so much easier. All you do is link a debit card or credit card to your Sail & Sign Card at Guest Relations or a kiosk on the ship. You'll then use your Sai...
    • Carnival Miracle
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips One of four Spirit class ships, Carnival Miracle made its magical debut in 2004. While it's certainly not Carnival's grandest ship, it's definitely something of a "miracle" for families, who find an ample amount of amenities and activities on board. Amid ...
    • 10 Best Orlando Resorts for Families
      So many hotels and resorts to choose from! Which ones really are the best for families in terms of theme-park access, amenities, and accommodations? Here are our favorites in the Orlando area! 1. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creak Maybe it is the Hilton's water park with two zero-entry pools, a 3-acre ...
    • 10 Best Disney World Resorts for Families
      When it comes to Disney, they certainly know how to cater to families, and families who want to visit Disney's Orlando theme parks will find a large selection of resorts and hotels to accommodate families of all sizes. But which ones are the best? Take a look at these 10 favorites of our editors and...
    • Skip This: Do That!
      Deciding where to go for your next family vacation? Often it's the most popular destinations -- from mega theme parks to world-famous beach towns -- that come to mind first. It's tempting to pick a familiar place and just go with what you know, but do this and you could be missing out on some fantas...
    • Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise
      Join us onboard Disney Wonder's first exploration into Alaskan waters and ports as Family Vacation Critic Editor Lissa Poirot and her two tots take you on a tour. Be the first to see a sample of Disney's Alaskan Port Adventures, as well as glimpse the Disney Wonder's onboard fun, in our first-ever d...
    • Family Volunteer Vacations
      Away from the hectic pace of our everyday lives, any vacation is a chance for families to reconnect. There's no soccer game, no piano recital, no working late, so finally you have that precious day together. Yet, if you really want a meaningful break from your usual schedule, one that might change t...
  • Twitter
  • Facebook