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Summer Guide 2013

93 Days of Summer; 93 Ways to Enjoy Them

June 11, 2013, 12:00 am

11. Play hooky

We all have a sick day or two we’ve been meaning to use, right? Don’t wait until you actually get sick; pick the prettiest day of summer, plan a little getaway, and fake it like Ferris Bueller. (This excludes SFR editorial employees.) (AS)


12. Hit the ice

Believe it or not, in this dry desert heat, there is an oasis of freezing cold: Genoveva Chavez Community Center’s ice rink (3221 Rodeo Road, 955-4033, The Chavez Center offers more than 400 skate rentals for $3 per pair, per session. It’s cheap and chilling, so why not? (MRC)


13. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum (1050 Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-8359), builds “upon a child’s natural sense of joy and discovery by cultivating habits of inquiry in the arts, sciences and humanities.” But mostly, it’s a beautiful and fun place to explore, for parents and kids alike. (MRC)


14. Live the high life

It gets packed on warm afternoons, but Coyote Rooftop Cantina (132 W Water St., 983-1615) is a must for summer. Order the popular Lava Lamp (a frozen margarita suspended in a beer, it’s surprisingly refreshing) or try one of the cantina’s signature margaritas. And, of course, indulge in some serious people-watching of the streets below. Those suckers—don’t they know the bar’s up here? (AS)


15. Play kickball

Summertime is the perfect time to get back to your inner child—and kickball is the perfect game. (Remember when that awful, smirking kid used to aim directly for your face whenever he stepped up to the mound?) Patrick Smith Park (top of East Alameda Street) has just the flat green lawn, shade and a river view for a Funday Sunday with balls, beer and brats (both kinds). (MRC)


16. Cornhole: not what you think!

Some call it corn toss, some call it bags—whatever the name, cornhole is pretty much the most awesome game ever. Santa Fe Brewing Company (35 Fire Place, 424-3333) has a setup just outside its taproom, so you can play the game the right way: beer in one hand, bag in the other. (MRC)


17. Scoot around

Alexa Schirtzinger

Scooters-for-rent have proliferated around Santa Fe, and they’re a fun and convenient way to putter about town—especially for longer walks like Canyon Road. Rent them at Mangiamo Pronto (228 Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-1904) or at the corner of Water and Shelby Streets. (AS)


18. Go fish

Santa Fe may be in a desert, but it still has rivers—and plenty of fish. High Desert Angler (460 Cerrillos Road, 988-7688), along with several other local shops, offers guided trips and fly-fishing classes. (AS)


19. Throw like a girl

Yearning to let out your inner artiste? Santa Fe Clay (545 Camino de la Familia, 984-1122) offers a series of summer workshops for the aspiring potter. From June 17-21, Linda Cordell instructs Animal Constructs: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed porcelain figurines for all you dog- and prairie-dog-lovers out there. Tuition is $525, plus a $50 lab fee, so save your bucks! (AS)

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