Things to Do Near Sandhill Center
Things to Do in Los Lunas
A 57,191 acre refuge home to wintering waterfowl and cranes. Situated just off Interstate 25 midway between Albuquerque and Las Cruces (just over an hour drive from Sandhill), Socorro is the nearest town to the refuge. To reach the refuge from Socorro, drive eight miles south on I-25 to exit 139, continue east one-fourth mile on US 380 to the flashing signal at San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, continue south nine miles to the Visitor Center.
Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park
This large park has a recreation center, adult softball field, football field, basketball court, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, gazebo, and public restrooms. 1103 Hwy 314 SW
Garden Gate Day Spa
This local gem is a great place to make a massage appointment, to lounge by the pool and hot tubs, or to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal.
Open daily 8am-6pm. Campground/RV sites, fishing, picnic areas, walking trails and playground.
Location: 4051 State Road 47 SE Albuquerque, NM 87105
Local farmers, home gardeners and local producers of breads, jams, jellies bring their fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs and honey to the market on Tuesdays from June 1st until October 5th. Meeting at River Park at 1660 Main Street at the river from 4 to 7 on Tuesday afternoon under the cottonwoods is a summer pleasure not to be missed. Fresh food, chatting with the neighbors and music – what more can anyone ask for in the way of summer fun. Please visit New Mexico’s Farmer’s Markets for more information.
A 7-acre park located along the Rio Grande river with nature trails, picnic tables, and fishing opportunities (bring your own supplies). 1660 Main St SE
The skate park in Valencia County is located in Heritage Park. The park features 15,000 sq ft of skateable area. Admission is free. Heritage park also has soccer fields, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and a walking trail. Hours are 8:00 am till dark. The Heritage Park Skate Park is a skate at your own risk facility. Please know your ability and skate accordingly. Wearing a helmet is mandated if you are under the age of 18. Other protective gear is strongly recommended, including: knee pads, elbow pads, wrist and ankle protection. Skating on wet surfaces is not allowed. 3447 Lambros LP SE Los Lunas, NM 87031
This small local art gallery is a fun place to stop and browse and occasionally offers classes and workshops for the community.
Things to Do in Albuquerque
Visit the Albuquerque zoo and Tingley Beach, the botanical gardens and aquarium.
A conservation museum home to the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world.
Location: 202 San Felipe NW Suite A Albuquerque New Mexico 87104
Paint your own ceramics (pick up fired pieces later).
Location: 3137 San Mateo Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87110
Thrill rides, water rides and family rides- this is the place to get your amusement park fix.
Location: 4800 Osuna Rd NE Albuquerque, NM
A great spot for hands on fun.
Location: 1701 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
Pick fresh raspberries at Heidi’s farm during the berry picking season (August – October). The farm is located in the village of Corrales (about 20 minutes from Albuquerque).
There are many hiking options in the Albuquerque area. Listed below are just a few…For more hiking trails in Albuquerque or New Mexico visit www.trails.com.
- Albuquerque Foothills Trails – Pack a picnic for the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area and then hike or mountain bike the trails nestled at the base of the mountains.
- La Luz Trail – This is a beautiful and strenuous 15 mile hike visit.
- North Sandia Crest Trail – Enjoy a moderate day hike on this 7 mi trail.
- Sandia Man Caves – An easy hike to a cave that contains skeletal remains and other artifacts from the Ice Age. Trail begins in Placitas, about 30 minutes NE of Albuquerque.
Has an arcade, mini-golf, bumper boats and cars, go carts, laser tag, and paintball.
Location: 12931 Indian School Rd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112
Open 9am-5pm every day. Learn about New Mexico’s history, watch an IMAX film, and enjoy lunch in the museum cafe or in nearby Old Town.
Location: 1801 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, New Mexico
View art exhibitions and programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts at this beautiful campus located along the banks of the Rio Grande.
Location: 1701 4th Street SW Albuquerque, NM 87102
Enjoy an afternoon taking in the sights of historic old town. A great place to take a stroll, relax in the park, have some ice cream or a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants, or do some shopping.
Location of the Old Town Visitor’s Center: 303 Romero NW, Albuquerque NM
Visit this state park M-Su 8am-5pm to enjoy a nature walk.
Enjoy a trip on the world’s longest aerial tram any time of year. Pack a picnic and take in the views, or have a meal at Sandiago’s Mexican Grill located at the peak. The tram runs daily from 9am – 9pm. Another option in the summer is to take the scenic chair lift. Once up top there are plenty of activities such as renting a mountain bike or taking a beautiful walk or hike. In the winter time take advantage of the opportunity to ski.
Go rock climbing at New Mexico’s largest indoor climbing gym.
Location: 4201 Yale Blvd. NE Suite I Albuquerque NM 87107
Things to Do in New Mexico
Just East of Santa Rosa, take a day trip (approx 2 hours from Sandhill) to cool off at this clear, deep swimming hole.
The Blue Hole is located just South of Route 66, the main street in Santa Rosa. Turn off of Route 66 at the sign for the hospital. Go about two blocks south of the hospital and turn left. Follow the signs to the Blue Hole.
The primary attraction of this park is the impressive underground cave system, which you can explore on a self-guided tour. In the park you can go for a scenic hike and in the summer evenings at dusk watch the colony of Mexican free tail bats come out to feed. The caverns are 304 miles from Albuquerque.
For a day packed full of gorgeous New Mexico/Colorado scenery take a ride on this train. You can depart out of Chama, NM and ride the train halfway to Osier, or take the full 64 mile ride to Antonito, CO. The Chama terminal is 165 miles away from Albuquerque.
An easy hour’s drive from Albuquerque, this is a great get-away spot. This charming village offers beautiful scenery, and great outdoors activities including fishing, hiking, and swimming (in the river or in hot springs).
Located on the Scenic Turquoise Trail, Hwy 14, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe this quaint town is a wonderful place to stop and explore.
Family fun abounds every September at the State Fair in New Mexico. Cultural and art exhibitions, food, music and rides are just a few of the things to look forward to.
Enjoy the healing mineral waters at this relaxing spa and resort. Ojo is 2 hours drive from Albuquerque, 1 hour from Santa Fe, and 1 hour from Taos.
Ride the New Mexico Rail Runner for a fun and easy day trip or drive up on your own (an hour from Albuquerque). Visit Santa Fe’s historic town plaza for great food, art and shopping; stop by one of the many wonderful art museums such as Site Santa Fe or the Georgia O’Keefe Museum; go hiking, fishing or camping in the Santa Fe National Forest; take an experiential journey with your child to El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum exploring what Spanish Colonial life was like; soak and relax in the Japanese style hot baths of Ten Thousand Waves Spa; or make a special trip to the renowned Santa Fe Opera. For more ideas of what to do in Santa Fe visit http://www.santafe.org/.
Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. The Pueblo of Acoma “Sky City” is located approximately one hour west of Albuquerque.
Visit Taos, a friendly town nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, for a fantastic year-round get-away. Take a stroll in the historic town plaza, and enjoy fine dining opportunities in a community rich in arts and culture. Visit the Taos Pueblo (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), drive out to see the Gorge Bridge, or stop by the Taos Earthship community. Recreational activity options include but are not limited to camping, hiking, skiing, rafting, and riding in a hot air balloon. Taos is just over a two hour drive from Albuquerque.
This funky town is a favorite affordable weekend get-away for New Mexico locals. T or C is about 2 hours away from Los Lunas and is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande. The town boasts an eclectic cultural life and great thermal spring soaking opportunities.
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