Although New Mexico has warm summers, every family wants to find something fun and different to cool down from the summer weather. The state of New Mexico has many options to offer when it comes to places to cool off, and both kids and adults will have a great time! Here’s a list with the top ten places to beat the summer heat with kids in New Mexico.

Where: 2217 NM-68, Embudo, NM, USA
Hours: 8am – 8pm Family rafting April to September.
Admission: Adults: Tours from $52 | Children: Same as adult.

Try some rafting and multi-adventures trip with the family! New Mexico River Adventures will guarantee you a super safe and fun experience.

There are many options to choose from such as a full day of whitewater, a three-day trip on the Rio Chama, or a nice and relaxing afternoon float!

Where: 6705 Fortuna Road Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87121, USA
Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 8am, 6pm – 8pm | Saturday: 12-4pm | Sunday: Closed

A water park is one of the best ideas when you want to escape the hot weather, and West Mesa Aquatic Center is a great option!

You can do some recreational swimming, lap swimming, enjoy the amazing water slides or just relax in the indoor or outdoor pool!

Where: 1164 Parkway Dr, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Hours: Trip times depend on the tour booked. | Seasonal April to June/July

Whether you prefer rafting or kayaking, you will have a great time at Kokopelli Rafting Adventures.

There are experiences for all levels and you will get to learn a lot as the experienced guides focus on the natural and cultural history of the region!

Where: 2500 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA
Hours: Summer Hours: Thursdays: 4pm-9pm | Friday through Sunday: 10am to 9pm & 3pm-4pm  | Monday: 10am-3pm
School Year Hours: Friday 4pm-9pm | Saturday 10am-3pm & 4pm-9pm | Sunday from 10am to 3 pm

There are so many options to have fun at ABQ Surf n’ Slide that you will spend the entire day here having a great time with the whole family!

From twisting water slides, a lazy river, to an amazing pool and an adult spa, this place is great for all ages!

Where: 4003 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos, NM, USA
Hours: Season March to November

Los Rios River Runners offers a great variety of whitewater rafting trips from river rafting float trips for families who wants something more calm and relaxing, to challenging whitewater rafting for those who want a bit more adrenaline!

You will spend an extraordinary day!

Where: 1151 Sullivan Avenue, Farmington, NM 87401, USA
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Saturday: 1pm – 6pm | Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

Water slides, a pool, diving boards, a playground pool and more await for you and your family at Farmington Aquatic Center!

This place is a great idea if you want to cool down and have a nice time doing some water activities.

Where: 3091 NM-68, Peñasco, NM, USA
Hours: Tour times vary, but depart between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm | All year round

Adventurous families will love any of the options that Cottam’s Rio Grande offers.

From a sixteen-mile all-day trip, calm and majestic rafting, to Paddleboarding and Mountain Bike, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Where: 9530 Tramway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: For more information, visit the website.

Forget about summer at all and have some fun on the ice!

This super fun winterly activity is perfect if you want to cool down and breathe some icy air! You can enjoy public skating and practice your skills!

Where: 1701 N Dustin Ave, Farmington, NM 87401, USA
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30am to 6pm |  Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm

You can’t get bored at Bisti Bay!

Enjoy the lazy river, an in-pool playground, basketball areas, slides and more! This is a really great option to spend a family-day and forget about the heat for a few hours.

Where: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 12pm-6pm

Escape the summer heat and find shelter in the Explora Science Center!

Enjoy a day doing some hands-on activities and learning a lot many different topics. The entire family will have a great day, forgetting about the hot weather and learning interesting things!