Spend the day in downtown Las Cruces, visiting an abundance of family-friendly museums, restaurants, and shops.
The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts year-round kid activities, including the Dino Train that allows young ones to be a conductor of its interactive model train. In the heart of downtown, you can awe at desert-dwelling creatures in the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science or gaze at curated exhibits at the Las Cruces Museum of Art.
If books are your thing, right down the street is COAS Books, New Mexico's largest new and used bookstore with over 500,000 books in stock! Mew + Company offers kids crafts as well as unique gifts.
Red Retrocade. A fun venue with pop culture references, munchies and sweet treats, and an abundance of iconic arcade games. A few doors down is Zia Comics and Games, featuring a huge selection of comic books, collectibles, games, and even an ice cream parlor. If you happen to be downtown on a Saturday, take time to stroll the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market. This year-round event is national recognized as one of the best of its kinds, spanning seven city blocks full of local art, wares, produce, and bake goods and food trucks offering diverse cuisine.
A family trip to Las Cruces wouldn't be complete without a visit to White Sands National Park. Less than an hour's drive, White Sands encompasses over 275 sq. mi. of sparkling gypsum sand dunes,w ith nearly 230 sq. mi. set aside as a national park for recreating purposes. When you arrive, make sure to stop by the visitors center so the kids can become a "Junior Dune Ragers", enjoy a scavenger hunt and other fun activities. Afterwards, enjoy the exhilarating experience of sledding down the white dunes! Make sure to stay hydrated and wear lots of sunblock, even in the winter.
Voted one of the top attractions in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum was made for family adventure. The museum shares the 4,000-year-old history of farming in the region through interactive and inspiring exhibits and demonstrations. The 47-acre campus is home to live farm animal exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, a dairy barn exhibit and educational programs. Throughout the year, the museum hosts numerous events including Cowboy days and the HomeGrown Market, exclusively featuring New Mexico products.
Surrounded by the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, family outdoor adventure can be found throughout the city and the nearby areas. Dripping Springs Recreation Area, Soledad Canyon Trail, Aguirre Springs, Baylor Canyon, the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, and the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park are only a few of the options for rugged recreation.
For a fun-filled dining experience, drive the family to Sparky's Burgers & BBQ in nearby Hatch, New Mexico. Located in the chile capital of the world, the eatery is famous for its award winning green chile cheeseburger. No worries if you think it might be too spicy for the kids. You can get their famous burger without chile, and while you are at it, enjoy a milkshake or Italian soda. Make sure to take a family photo amongst the iconic figures including Ronald McDonald, KFC Colonel Sanders, aliens, dinosaurs and more than can be mentioned.
Walk of Flame
Attention Chileheads! Get ready to taste, drink and experience the “Walk of Flame” Green Chile Trail!
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