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“Extremely crowded and touristy”
Review of The Plaza

The Plaza
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$89.99*
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Santa Fe 'Sip and Savor' Food Tour
Ranked #8 of 275 things to do in Santa Fe
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Plaza is the heart and soul of the city. The gathering spot for residents and tourists alike is surrounded by city landmarks, shops and restaurants.
Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

While it is fun to walk around the Plaza, it can be very touristy and there are many peddlers around asking you to buy their junk. It is interesting to people watch but I think so many tourists takes away from the funding and charm that Santa Fe house to offer.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a must to go here if in Santa Fe. There is a lot to do shopping, eatting, hotels, museums, And lots of entertainment. The center square has Native Americans selling lots of different things they make jewelry, dolls, pottery, woven baskets ect. Great place for family and friends! And get a map there everywhere makes it a lot easier to get around.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

This is the hub of activity. From Native American jewelry other artists and even a popcorn vendor there was something going on at all times.

2  Thank Joyce J
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a must stop when in the city. Alot of activity in and around the plaza--history, music, food, Native Americans selling wares, stores, hotels, museums. This was the end of the famous Santa Fe Trail. The oldest continuously operated public building in the US is the Palace of Governors. Nearby is the Museum of Art, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Native American Museum of Contemporary Art. You can just sit and people watch (there are many characters around the plaza). A fun, exciting area--do not miss it.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We had a terrific time at the Plaza, very relaxing, great opportunities for photo's. The Plaza is an area of town that expands outward from a central courtyard/park area. The park is beautiful, with large trees providing some shade. There are lots of Native American vendors selling exquisite handmade jewelry, and some other vendors as well, a variety around the central square. All kinds of shops and restaurants to peek into, very friendly atmosphere. Three missions/chapels are nearby: St Francis, Loretto Chapel, and San Miguel, all in walking distance. We spent the morning doing the Georgia O'Keeffe museum, then the fine arts museum, both nearby, and art galleries. For lunch we had delicious fajita's and tamales right off the little stand in the park, the long line and aroma was an indictator of the yummy-ness. For Breaking Bad fans, there is a Graphix shop where a segment was filmed...
Parking: we paid $15 in a nearby lot for the day when we did the 2 art museums, stall lunch, and Plaza shops. On another day, we came late in the day (about 3:30pm), parked free at the Visitor's center, and did the 3 missions, all in walking distance.

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