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What is your idea of thrilling fun? No matter what it is, New Mexico has a spot for you. Year-round, rain or shine, you’ll find rides which offer major thrills and gobs of fun for the whole family. When you are ready to cut loose and have fun – no matter what season it is – New Mexico has an amusement park for you!
One of the state’s biggest amusement parks is Cliff’s, a combination amusement and water park. This long-running institution is in Albuquerque right off Interstate 25 and just north of downtown. Both kids and thrill seekers are well catered to here. For big-time excitement, stand in line for rides like the Cliff Hanger, Wind Rider, Music Express, and Fireball. Locals love Falling Star, the Tilt-A-Whirl, Sea Dragon, and Demolition Disco. There are two major roller coasters here – take your choice between Galaxi and the New Mexico Rattlers. Kids, meanwhile, have a huge area just for them: hop on the carousel, try your luck at the Little Demolition Disco, ride the train, go nuts on the Frog Hopper, or see what Doggie Ride is all about. Are you ready to get soaked? WaterMania is just for you then! Kids love Li’l Squirts, which is just for tykes, toddlers, and their moms and dads. Mega Water Monkeys is the most popular part of the park -- getting wet was never so fun!
In Sunland Park, which is just north of El Paso, Texas, Western Playland Amusement Park has something for everyone. Cool off on the Tsunami – it’s a party barge that crashes into a cool pool. There are buggies to ride, a carousel, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and the Yo-Yo – you won’t be able to stop laughing! There are also miniature cars to drive, the Miner Coaster, the thrilling Hurricane, Frog Hopper, tiny helicopters for the kids, and Bandido – the park’s most exciting ride. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, hop on the Drop Zone and let gravity to its thing.
In Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, you can find Tenpins and More. This huge bowling center has tons of lanes, great rentals, and plenty of options for play – you can go by the game or for a set period of time. There is karaoke in the sports bar and glow-in-the-dark bowling late at night. Check out their menu – the food is great!
Albuquerque is also home to Cool Springz Trampoline Park. This climate-controlled spot is a huge hit with the kids – it has wall-to-wall trampolines for jumping, flipping, and just letting loose. There is also the Ninja Court – it has a rock wall, slack lines, a fidget ladder, and a cargo net and Tarzan ropes for climbing. Are you a dodge ball fan? The game is even more fun when it’s played on trampolines – players can bounce off the floor and the walls to avoid being hit. Jumpers will love jumping into foam pits, and even shorties can dunk when playing basketball on trampolines.
For an indoor water park experience, check out ABQ Surf N’ Slide. This compact spot packs a big punch – it has a lazy river, the FlowRIder wave simulator, and even offers surfing lessons! There are two water slides – one for rafts and the other for inner tubes. There is also an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, Whirlpool spas, and an activity pool with water polo.
When you are in White’s City, make sure to spend a hot afternoon at Walnut Canyon Water Park. Perfect as a stop on the way to or home from Carlsbad Caverns, this family-friendly spot has two thrilling water slides, a great swimming pool, a giant mushroom waterfall, and a pirate play area that the kids love. While you are drying off enjoy the free Wi-Fi and great food.
Alamogordo’s top family fun spot is Alamo Jump. This park, centrally located in town, is an indoor fun park for kids – they can bounce, slide, scream, and let out a lot of energy.
When you are up in Raton, be sure to swing by the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. This indoor pool complex is cool in the summer and warm in the winter – it’s a brand-new, first-rate community water park with a slide, a waterfall, hot tubs, and a big pool for lap swimming or an impromptu game of water basketball.
When you are down in Ruidoso, take the family to Pillow’s Funtrackers. This place has a ton of stuff to keep everyone happy – race around the track in go-karts or battle your mates at the Spin Zone bumper car course – it’s indoors. Linksters can try their hand at miniature golf or you and your friends can set sail on a bumper boat and cruise around the pond – it even has a waterfall. Inside there’s a huge arcade with action games and prize machines, and for something totally different, check into the Mountain Maze – it’s a giant human maze with checkpoints and a surprise exit. Still up for more? Grab a bag of mining rough, head for the sluice, and start panning for gems.
When you are in Clovis make sure to hit up St. Bernard Farms. This huge area has a ton for families – there are two playgrounds, a chicken show, a petting zoo, a giant checkers and chess board, a huge Jenga game, giant Connect Four, a spider web, a miniature maze, teeter-totters, tether balls, and more.
What proves to be one of the most unique attractions in New Mexico, the Sandia Peak Tramway near Albuquerque offers breathtaking birds-eye views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Sandia Mountains. Enjoy the incredible views of 11,000 square miles of New Mexico countryside, during the ride to the top of the Sandia Peak, reaching 10,378 feet in elevation.
Take a break and enjoy a delicious meal in the High Finance Restaurant & Tavern at the top of Sandia Peak. Learn about the history of skiing in New Mexico at the New Mexico Ski Museum at the base of the tram. After a day of sight-seeing, stay the Northwest New Mexico area for a comfortable night's rest.