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10 places to take the kids

9 Places to Take the Kids

Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch
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Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd.
915-544-3200 

Famous for some of the best steaks in town, Cattleman’s sits on the authentic Indian Cliffs working cattle ranch. Journey back in time and see the Southwest as it once was. Indian Cliffs has a beauty that goes beyond breathtaking. Children will enjoy exploring a lake, zoo, aviary, exotic animals, a maze, playground and more. Western memorabilia includes an antique wagon collection, western town, and old working stables. Make plans to arrive early for a hay ride of the grounds and you won’t want to forget your camera for the sights are stark, the colors vivid and the vistas endless.

Downtown Artist & Farmers Markets
Downtown Artist & Farmers Markets
117 Anthony St.
915-541-4942  

Every Saturday from 9 till 1 at the Union Plaza District enjoy handcrafted items and locally grown produce. Kids will relish in free craft making, animal adoptions and a unique pedicab ride where they will experience the sun, the breeze, and the culture that surrounds downtown.

El Paso Museum of History & 3-D Digital Wall
El Paso Museum of History & 3-D Digital Wall
501 N. Santa Fe St.
915-212-0320 

The El Paso Museum of History is host to more than 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space featuring five galleries representing 400 years of U.S./Mexico border history. The 3-D Digital Wall is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present. It examines its people and its many cultures on giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screens at the Museum of History and on a mobile Mini-Digie as well. Our Mini-Digie will be transported to classrooms, malls, community centers and other locations where citizens gather so everyone has the opportunity to experience and be included in El Paso’s digital history. Admission is free.

El Paso Zoo
El Paso Zoo
4001 East Paisano Dr.
915-212-0966 

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.

Franklin Mountains State Park
Franklin Mountains State Park
Transmountain Rd./Woodrow Bean
915-566-6441  

The Franklin Mountains are the largest sustained mountain range in Texas and provide hands-on exploration of the diversity of life for the whole family. Over 20 campgrounds and endless miles of trail to explore are available and don’t forget to pack your basket as there are places everywhere to take a break and enjoy a picnic. Key down by watching an El Paso sunrise or sunset - even the kids will appreciate the boundless beauty that nature provides.

Licon Dairy
Licon Dairy
11951 Glorietta Rd
(915) 851-2705 

Established in the 1950’s, Licon Dairy is not your traditional dairy. Families will enjoy feeding and petting the friendly animals that include buffalo, llamas, deer, ostrich, peacocks and many more. The on property pond is well stocked with fish and allows for paddle boating. You won’t want to leave without a taste of the dairy’s traditional Azadero cheese, made fresh daily.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
1120 Magoffin Ave.
915-533-5147 

A striking adobe structure, Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil, and U.S.–Mexico relations. Built in 1875 for pioneer, politician, and civic leader Joseph Magoffin, the nineteen-room adobe home containing original family furnishings is El Paso’s only historic house museum and a prime example of Territorial style architecture.

National Border Patrol Museum
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National Border Patrol Museum
4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd.
915-759-6060 

The National Border Patrol Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is a private, not for profit, museum where exhibits cover the history of the United States Border patrol, from the old West, Prohibition, and WWII, right up to current operations, through displays of weapons, paintings, documents, equipment, photos, artifacts, and “hands-on” vehicles such as the Jeep, Helicopter, Scarab boat, snowmobile and ATV. Guided tours may be booked in advance. Admission is free.

War Eagles Air Museum
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War Eagles Air Museum
8012 Airport Road
575-589-2000 

The War Eagles Air Museum, located at the Dona Ana County Airport, features a collection of more than 30 military and civilian aircraft of the World War II-Korean War period, most of them flight-worthy, and over 40 classic or historic automobiles.


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