A Mom’s Guide to the Secret City :: Visiting Los Alamos this Summer


Los Alamos, New Mexico is a quick family road trip (under 2 hours drive from Albuquerque!) that should be a must on your family’s summer bucket list. Los Alamos offers something for the history buff, the science enthusiast, and the budding naturalist.

The History Buff

In 1943, the world’s greatest scientific minds gathered in Los Alamos tasked with unlocking the secrets hidden in the atom. The work done during World War II had major implications on ending the war and the future of national defense. However, the rich history extends as far back as 1150 AD.

The Science Enthusiast

Los Alamos is the home of groundbreaking science and “where discoveries are made.” Celebrate past and present accomplishments, while fostering curiosity for your children.

  • Check out the Bradbury Science Museum’s TechLab, which is a hands-on, experiential space geared toward children and families. Best part… it’s free
  • ScienceFest will be held July 11-15 with the theme of “Science Rules in Los Alamos”
  • The highlight of ScienceFest is Discovery Day on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes hands-on science activity for the whole family, live music, and more

The Budding Naturalist

forts mountain girls Los AlamosLos Alamos is located in the beautiful northern New Mexico landscape atop of the Pajarito Plateau. It’s a magical place to experience the outdoors and is usually cooler than Albuquerque (a big bonus during the sweltering summer months).

I can’t forget to mention that Los Alamos has amazing restaurants, a Creative District, and annual events like Fair and Rodeo (August), Halloweekend (October) and WinterFest (December). It really is a great, affordable getaway for your family this summer. When you do go visit, make sure to download and print this fun scavenger hunt we created!

This post is sponsored by our partners at Los Alamos Mainstreet and the Los Alamos Nature Center. We at Albuquerque Moms Blog choose to work with businesses we feel bring our readers value.


  1. I love Los Alamos! I grew up there and can’t wait to be nestled in the Jemez again.

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