If your kids are not on summer break yet, there are probably only a few days left until they are. Some parents find it challenging to keep their children entertained during the summer months, especially if they work full-time. Before you hear the words, “I am bored” come from your kids, here are some places to keep in mind that are close to home and can provide a great getaway for both parents and children. Even if you have visited any of these places before, they all provide enough things to do that on every trip you will find something new and different.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Located at 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is one of nature’s greatest creations. If you have ever had the opportunity to travel across the Chihuahuan Desert and see the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas, it is hard to imagine that nature has created over 300 caves right underneath. Carlsbad Caverns National Park gives visitors access to 113 of the caves. These caves are some of the largest in the North American region and were created long ago by an influx of sulfuric acid underground, which eroded the limestone and formed underground caverns. Visit their website for hours, directions and more information to plan your getaway.
Brantley Lake State Park
Located at East Brantley Lake Road in Eddy County is Brantley Lake State Park. Brantley Lake State Park is home to Seven Rivers Lake, where an Old West town resides on the bottom. Some of the favorite activities enjoyed in the park are kite flying, hiking and fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill. During this past winter, this area was closed in order to complete construction of a new boat ramp and other updates. The work has since been completed, the entire park has reopened and the new boat ramp is open for use as well. In another part of Brantley Lake State Park, you will find Brantley Reservoir where you can fish year round for bass, walleye, catfish and other freshwater species. Water sports such as water skiing and scuba diving are permitted as well as boating. For more information as well as directions and contact information, please visit their website.
Harry McAdams State Park
Located off N. Lovington Highway, Harry McAdams State Park is only about four miles northwest of Hobbs. The park has two small ponds surrounded by landscaped grounds as well as a visitor center featuring historical exhibits relating to the area. There is a camping area plus many other outdoor recreation activities available including golfing at both a municipal course and the Lovington Country Club. While McAdams State Park is a regular place to visit for Hobbs locals, there is enough to do and see no matter how often you visit.
Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame/Western Heritage Museum Complex
Located at 5317 Lovington Highway in Hobbs, the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame/Western Heritage Museum Complex provides visitors with a unique look at the history and people of the area. Lea County is the hometown of more professional rodeo world champions than anywhere else in the United States. Founded in 1978 by Lea County rancher and professional roper, Dale “Tuffy” Cooper, the Hall of Fame honors those from Lea County who have contributed to the growth of the community through their work in rodeo, as ranch cowboys or other related fields. The Western Heritage Museum works to collect artifacts and create exhibits that honor the spirit of westerners of the past, present and future. They also provide scholarships and community education projects to help better the Lea County area. For more information including hours, directions and current exhibits, please visit their website at MuseumsHobbsNM.org.
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