8 Great Ways To Spend A Day in Santa Fe
They don’t call it the City Different for nothing, Santa Fe will lead you to adventures you may have thought you would’ve never experienced. From immersive art exhibits to hiking through canyons, there are about a million fun and unique things that could be on this list. Let’s start with my 8 favorite ways to spend a day in Santa Fe!
Meow Wolf has become one of the most popular spots to visit in Santa Fe for tourists and locals alike. Walk through the unique collaborative art experience called the House of Eternal Return and find yourself in places you’ve never seen before. Step into a refrigerator, play music on the bones of a giant prehistoric mammoth, go back in time in the vintage video arcade, and even sit inside of an upside down bus. No matter who you are or where you are from, Meow Wolf is one thing in the City Different that should not be missed.
Take a Spa Day
Spend the day doing one of my own personal favorite things to do: relaxing and unwinding at some of the best local spas in the Santa Fe area. Soak in the spring-fed Repose Pools, participate in Puppy Therapy and eat some of the most delicious gourmet cuisine in the state at Sunrise Springs Spa and Resort (pictured above). Experience a Japanese oasis and get one of the best massages of your life at Ten Thousand Waves Spa. Or try taking a little road trip up to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs to bathe in the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water; lithia, iron, soda and arsenic.
Explore the Plaza
Experience Santa Fe the way it was meant to be experienced, exploring the Plaza of the oldest capital city in the USA. Downtown Santa Fe is filled with fun things to do and see, including some of the best local restaurants and shopping. Take a stroll down the side of the Governor’s Palace to find talented local artists and jewelers selling the most amazing handmade silver, turquoise and art. Make sure to step off the beaten path when you explore the Plaza because you never know what you might find.
Opt outside and see the most breathtaking views on some of the best local hikes around Santa Fe. Hike the 22-mile network of interconnecting trails in the Dale Ball Trail System, this trail is great for runners and mountain bikers as well. Try one of the most popular hikes in New Mexico at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, the trail takes you through a beautiful slot canyon (pictured above) and has a spectacular view at the top. Take one of my personal favorite hikes on the Nambe Lake Trail, a trail that winds it’s way into the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
See the Sights on Museum Hill
Walk around the four museums of Museum Hill and learn something new! Santa Fe’s Museum Hill features four different museums including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. You can even find Santa Fe’s Botanical Gardens on Museum Hill, plus after you spend the day learning try the delicious food at the Museum Hill Cafe.
Get on Track at the Santa Fe Railyard
Enjoy Santa Fe’s newest gathering place for all locals and tourists: the Railyard. The Santa Fe Railyard features awesome restaurants, contemporary art, the best movie theater in town, and the City Different’s famous Farmer’s Market. If you want to see the latest films in Hollywood, head over to the Violet Crown movie theater where you can eat delicious tacos and sip on a local beer while you watch your movie. Find more local art galleries and studios plus even catch some entertainment during the events season. Make sure not to miss the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s and Sunday’s though, where you can buy the best local produce.
Go Brewery Hopping
New Mexico has become very well-known for it’s craft beer and brewery scene. Spend your day hopping from brewery to brewery, tasting the best beers in Santa Fe and even some of the best bar food. The most popular in the City Different would most obviously be Santa Fe Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery that opened in Santa Fe over 30 years ago. Other great breweries that I would suggest are Second Street Brewery, Blue Corn Brewing, Tumbleroot Brewing and Distilling, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, and Chili Line Brewing Co.
Anywhere you go in the City Different you are bound to do or see something you have never experienced before. This is just a short list of the #PlacesILove in Santa Fe, but now it’s time for you to discover what you love the most about New Mexico!