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1352 Rufina Circle

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Meow Wolf is a bit tricky to describe. It's an arts and entertainment collective of more than 400 employees that formed in 2008, but many people use the same name to describe the group's major interactive installation, the "House of Eternal Return." This otherworldly, over-the-top, impossible-to-describe immersive art installation is located in a 20,000-square-foot space that was once a bowling alley. Created in 2016, the exhibit quickly became a major permanent attraction in the city and offers a trippy escape into a world filled with scenes and settings worthy of a sci-fi movies, with hidden doorways, portals to other worlds, mysterious hallways, strange music and fascinating artwork. If you feel like following the mysterious story arc about the "family" who supposedly lived there (and disappeared), you can, but you don't have to in order to enjoy the exhibit. 

Recent visitors raved about the unusual experience, saying it's unlike anything they have ever seen, and advise others to leave plenty of time to explore. Other reviewers said it's great for all ages, though some said tickets can get pricey for a family. 

Meow Wolf is located about 5 miles west of Santa Fe Plaza. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (except for Tuesdays, when it is closed) and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets cost $29 for adults and $21 for children age 13 and younger and are valid for the entire day. For more information, visit the Meow Wolf website.

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If there's any doubt that Santa Fe is a prime destination for art lovers, Canyon Road quashes it. Situated just east of the Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road is home to a slew of art galleries selling renowned artwork from famed artists, such as Fernando Botero and cultural treasures like hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings. The area is touted as an art lover's mecca because of the variety of mediums used to highlight art. Pop into the different galleries (there are more than 100) along the street and you'll find everything from jewelry and pottery to sculptures and paintings. The street itself is also a feast for the eyes: Many of the galleries found here are housed in historic adobe buildings laced with brilliantly colored flowers, art installations are often showcased outside and the spicy odor of chile peppers wafts from the doorways of top-notch eateries like Geronimo Restaurant and Compound Restaurant.

Recent visitors said the best way to experience this arts district is simply by strolling down the street, adding that it's a wonderful way to experience art without being stuck indoors or inside a single museum. Travelers were impressed with everything from the variety of art to the pueblo architecture and said there are ample opportunities to snap photos of this vibrant site.

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