The Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico Museum of Art downtown, and the museums of International Folk Art and Indian Arts & Culture on Museum Hill, all charge adults $12 to enter. Cut the cost by buying a $30 Culture Pass (www.newmexicoculture.org/visit/culturepass), which grants admission to 15 museums and historic sites around the state. You can buy the pass at any participating museum or site.
It's a tourist town, and all-too-convenient ATMs are everywhere. Wells Fargo changes foreign currency.
Travel with Children
The outdoors are an obvious choice for children of all ages – superb skiing, mountain biking, hiking and camping options are within a short drive of downtown.
- The Santa Fe Children's Museum features hands-on science and art exhibits for young children, but adults will enjoy it as well.
- The amazing Museum of International Folk Art has a big indoor play area as well as captivating exhibits.
- The combo of mystery narrative and hands-on installations at Meow Wolf will likely appeal to kids over 10.
- Local history is brought to life at the interpretive museum Rancho de las Golondrinas.
- Get up close to creepy crawlies at the Harrell House Bug Museum.
- If you're traveling with a budding thespian, check out the backstage tours of the Santa Fe Opera during opera season. They're interesting and free for anyone under 23.
- If you want to get out on your own, Magical Happenings Babysitting (505-982-1570) can have sitters stay with your kids in your hotel room; it's $20 an hour for one child or $22 an hour for two, with a four-hour minimum and an additional $7 transportation charge. Reserve well in advance.
Santa Fe Public Library Reserve up to an hour of free access.
Dangers & Annoyances
Santa Fe Visitor Center Several locations in town; most convenient is in the central Plaza Galeria.
New Mexico Visitor Information Center Housed in the historic 1878 Lamy Building, this friendly place offers helpful advice and free coffee.
Public Lands Information Center Staff at this hugely helpful office have maps and information on public lands throughout New Mexico, and can talk you through all the hiking options.