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one day in new mexico?

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one day in new mexico?

We are traveling to the Grand Canyon but would like to stop at least one day in New Mexico to "do" something fun....we are traveling with 4 children ages 6-12 so does anyone have any suggestions on festivals or events that should not be missed? The dates are still open but it would be around the 21st or so of July.

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1. Re: one day in new mexico?

In Albuquerque, the Rio Grande Nature Center has an excellent kids' area. There's also the zoo and aquarium there.

Or, you could take them up to Sandia Peak on the tram.

Or, west of Grants are the ice caves.

This is all assuming that you want something near I-40.

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2. Re: one day in new mexico?

As Colinaz suggested, take the kids to Rio Grande Zoo (one of the best in the country in my opinion --- Of course San Diego Zoo is still tops), the Acquiarium and/or the Biological Park. As well as the New mexico Natural history musuem. All are in close proximity in the southwest rio grande valley in Albuqerque.

Later in the afternoon a trip on the Sandia Tram up to the Sandias is spectacular....

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3. Re: one day in new mexico?

Right off of I-40.....you can exit at Rio Grande and check out "Old Town Albuquerque". There is the Natural History Museum/Planetarium, Art and History Museum, Atomic Museum and in the plaza or park center ....they sometimes have live music or the gun fighters club doing shoot outs. It's easy to find because it will be right off I-40.

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4. Re: one day in new mexico?

Have you been to Carlsbad Caverns? If you are travelling through the southeast part of NM, maybe this would be a fun stop! The hike in the natural entrance is fun, your kids will really enjoy it.

Have fun.

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I agree with Casa. Carlsbad Caverns are amazing plus see the bats fly out at dusk (5000 bats fly out per minute) plus you can visit White Sand dunes on your way from Az. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses!

If you travel through ABQ to Tx maybe stop at Palo Duro Canyon SP south of Amarillo.


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