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There’s always something to do in Santa Fe

July 28, 2017 GMT

I have to admit that Santa Fe isn’t the most entertaining place to live as a teen, although I cannot imagine that it is the worst. Despite the age-old cry of “There’s never anything to do!” I have found that the way to make the most out of this quaint little city is to get out and get creative, rather than be stuck sitting in front of a television set or a computer screen — particularly during the summer.

For example, every once in a while my girlfriends and I love to head to Canyon Road where we treat ourselves to a nice brunch at a local cafe or restaurant and then stroll down the road to admire some art and have photo shoots of our activities. If that seems too upscale or out of reach for you (it’s not), you can also find youth activities to engage in at both Warehouse 21 and Meow Wolf. If you don’t mind driving, you can head south on Interstate 25 to Cochiti Lake (about a half-hour away) and rent a private area to camp. The prices start as low as $12. Make sure to pack your swimming gear and some snacks to stay energized throughout the day.

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Santa Fe is surrounded by hiking trails that lead to hidden waterfalls and caves and cool places to hold a picnic. (But be sure to wear proper shoes, gear and a hat, and bring water.) Summer music offerings are in full swing with the Santa Fe Bandstand series on the Plaza and Music on the Hill at St. John’s College, both of which are free.

On stage, there are a handful of children and teen theater groups that present shows year-round, including Pandemonium Productions (which just closed a production of Beauty and the Beast) and Santa Fe Performing Arts Company, which is offering both The Witches and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street this weekend.

On the surface, some of these suggestions might seem harder to plan than catching a matinee at the movie theaters or hanging out at a friend’s house for an afternoon. But they expose you to new experiences, allow you to hang out with friends and lead to the potential for lasting memories. I often think about how I can’t wait to graduate and move away from New Mexico, but even as I write about these cool activities, it makes me think of the simple things that I often overlook while living here.

And it makes me want to hold on to these things and the memories they create just a little bit longer.

Sakara Griffin is a senior at Santa Fe High. Contact her at sakara8823@gmail.com.