Things to do in Santa Fe

Things to do in  Santa Fe

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One of the country’s oldest cities, Santa Fe is also among the most distinct—primarily composed of ristra-bedecked adobe buildings, and shadowed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it’s strikingly beautiful. When it comes to things to do in Santa Fe, start in the 400-year-old Plaza, admire the Palace of the Governors, and buy from Native American craftspeople, before digging into a bowl of green chile stew. Santa Fe is also regarded for its museums and galleries, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

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Situated in Santa Fe’s scenic Museum Hill neighborhood, Santa Fe Botanical Garden offers 12 acres (5 hectares) of landscaped gardens and wooded areas that showcase the natural beauty of New Mexico’s flora and desert terrain. The garden opened in 2013 and continues to grow and expand.More

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Wander New Mexico Food Tour - Downtown Plaza 'Sip & Savor'
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Canyon Road Arts District Tour
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When to visit

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Santa Fe, when fall color is emerging, temperatures are mild, and the scent of roasting chiles lingers in the air. Many visitors like to visit in early October to see both Santa Fe and the nearby International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Peak season is summer, when temperatures are about 85°F (30°C) and festivals fill the calendar, including the beloved Traditional Spanish Market (July) and Indian Market (August).

Getting around

Part of Santa Fe’s allure is its village-like atmosphere, making the city a delight for pedestrians. Most of the city’s cultural attractions are found in the historic, compact plaza, making the area ideal for a walking tour, either guided or self-guided (available free from the city). While a car can be a liability around Santa Fe Plaza, places like Meow Wolf, Ten Thousand Waves, and Museum Hill require a vehicle (rental or rideshare) to access.

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The restaurant scene in Santa Fe is wide-ranging and, for a small town, top-tier. While many cuisines are on offer, it is the New Mexican cuisine that shines. Earthy and simple, this homegrown fare is built on beans, corn, and local red and green chile. If you enjoy checklists, consider the offerings of the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail (statewide), as well as the Santa Fe-specific Chocolate Trail and Margarita Trail, featuring more than 40 stops.

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What is Santa Fe known for?

Santa Fe is the historic capital city of New Mexico. Largely built using adobe architecture, the city has a look and feel of an old-world village and a rich artistic legacy reflecting its multiethnic heritage. Visitors also love New Mexican cuisine, loaded with the state’s beloved red and green chile.

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Is Santa Fe worth visiting?

Absolutely visit Santa Fe, especially if you’re looking for a unique destination or have an interest in history, arts, and culture. The “City Different” delivers with distinctive adobe architecture, chile-infused cuisine, and rich artistic legacy. Its mesmerizing quality of light and the stark—but beautiful—landscape has attracted artists since the 1920s.

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What is there to do in Santa Fe for 3 days?

With three days, you’ll get deep into Santa Fe. Start with arts on Canyon Road, at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, or Meow Wolf. Peruse the plaza’s shops, artisans, and historic buildings and eat chile-infused New Mexican cuisine. Hit the mountains for hiking, snow sports, or a visit to Ten Thousand Waves bath house.

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What is there to do near Santa Fe, NM?

Architectural tours, museum hopping, and shopping are some typical activities around Santa Fe. Visitors also love hiking, biking, and snow sports in the nearby mountains. Consider relaxing at Ten Thousand Waves bath house, trying a cooking class, or taking a day trip to the art colonies of Abiquiu or Madrid.

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What is there to do in Santa Fe for free?

Much of beautiful Santa Fe can be seen for free, including its adobe architecture and rich arts scene. Some free stops include the Santa Fe Plaza, farmers market, and galleries of Canyon Road. As long as you have your own car, you can also enjoy hiking and sledding near the mountains, or stroll around the nearby towns of Chimayo, Madrid, and Abiquiu.

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What is there to do in Santa Fe after 5pm?

Santa Fe is relatively quiet at night, save for a small bar scene. However, this arts-focused town loves to party for a museum gala or gallery opening. Meow Wolf, the immersive arts experience, has frequent evening performances, as does the Santa Fe Opera in the summer, for something less raucous.

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