The 3 Best Parks Close To the Santa Fe Plaza
Patrick Smith Park and the River Walk
Patrick Smith Park is fantastic for older kids and young nature explorers which makes it one of the best parks close to the Santa Fe Plaza.
The play equipment at this park is rated for kids 5-12 years old, it’s a challenging rope and climbing course, perfect for older children.
The lushness of this park almost feels as though it transports you to the East Coast with tall trees that are great for watching the color change in the fall. The large green space and the basketball courts are some of the most scenic in Santa Fe!
The greatest aspect of this park is it offers free parking access to the River Walk trail near the Santa Fe Plaza. My toddlers love splashing in the small stream and letting their imaginations run wild under the scenic bridges that cross over the river. The shallow water affords small children a safe water-play environment.
When looking at the green space from the parking lot, the right back corner of the greenspace has a small set of steps that provide access to an unpaved section of the River Walk.
One thing to keep in mind when visiting this park is the large number of dogs off leash. All of the dogs we have encountered at this park were very friendly, but it is something to keep in mind if you or your child is not comfortable around dogs.
There is a porta-potty in the parking lot.
Ft. Marcy Park
Ft. Marcy Park is the perfect park for kite flying and spending time with the grandparents! Functional weight training equipment and a putting green are a great way to keep active with the kids playing next door on the playgrounds rated for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12.
The playground offers great climbing equipment from suspended rings to climbing walls. There are infant and older child swings.
This park is the site of the famous Zozobra burning in the fall. The expansive green space, proximity to the plaza, and ample free parking make this an ideal park for large events. There are two covered pavilions with picnic tables on either side of the playground.
The park also boasts a baseball field which is accessible across a beautiful foot bridge. Just beside the playground and parking lot are the Ft. Marcy dog park and the Ft. Marcy Recreation Complex.
There is plenty of seating around the park. Sidewalks circle the park and make this a great handicap-accessible and stroller-accessible walking area.
Porta-potties are stationed around the park.
The Railyard Park is one of Santa Fe’s most celebrated parks. The play structures are made from all natural materials such as rock, metal, and wood. This park hosts the artisan market and farmers market and is centralized in the heart of many of Santa Fe’s art galleries.
There are Santa Fe favorites such as Tomasita’s, the Violet Crown, Whoo’s Donuts, and the Cowgirl within walking distance making this an ideal place to spend a sunny summer morning and afternoon in Santa Fe.
The Rail Runner can often be seen gliding by the side of the park. This park is one of the few with paid parking which can often be tight during events.
I’d like to mention that this park often hosts homeless individuals. Santa Fe is making a great effort to provide resources to homeless to vacate the parks. If this is something that makes you uncomfortable, visit the park on Farmer’s Market days or when other events are present. During events the park comes alive with kids, parents, and volunteers.
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