Try visiting Artesia. There is the Heritage Walk downtown, many historic sites, home of Sally Chisum, niece of John Chisum, free movies on Thursday nites (bring your lawn chairs), Farmer's market, a Dairy Museum (free) , Historic train Depot. The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center offers a variety of art and historical exhibits, with local artists contributing to many of these exhibits. We also have a Pizza Inn with a great bowling facility in house. Families love this place.
There is also a wonderful drive in Theater in Carlsbad...the Fiesta....3 screens...tune the sound in on your radio....bring your lawn chairs...extremely nice concession building with seating...$2 night on Mondays. There is the Desert Zoo and trail on the north side of town.. The beautiful river walk in Carlsbad...wonderful!! With the Playground on the Pecos. Miss the beach??...try the Beach on the River Front. There is also the Riverfront Recreational center with free foosball, pool tables, pingpong and all sorts of family activities in a drug free atmoshere all free. There is also a free arts and historical museum.
In Roswell there is of course several UFO museums with admission downtown, plus the diner called the Cover Up Cafe...it's a hoot, Not of this World coffee house.
Spring River Park & Zoo - Free Admission. Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Features include a miniature train ride, carousel, and a childrens fishing lake. 1306 East College
General Douglas L. McBride Museum - Military armament displays and N.M.M.I. memorabilia. New Mexico Military Institute, 101 West College Blvd. Free Admission. Open T-F 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.. Closed all holidays. Educational programs by appt. Phone #624-8220.
Roswell Museum & Art Center - Art by Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, Georgia O’Keefe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Rogers Aston Collection.
Robert H. Goddard’s workshop recreated. Gift shop. 100 W. 11th St. Free Admission. Mon. -Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sundays and Holidays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Phone #624-6744.
Robert H. Goddard Planetarium - an adjoining wing to the Roswell Museum & Art Center. Open to the public one week per month. Tuesday - Saturday 1:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 p.m.. General
Admission $2; Members $1. Phone #624-6744
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Migratory fowl, designated fishing and hunting areas. From North Main Street East on Pine Lodge Road appx. 9 miles. Open 7:30am - 4:00 pm. everyday 622-6755.
In Dexter between Artesia and Roswell is the National Fish Hatchery. Great place to see endangered species of fish. The site of the old Jinglebob ranch of John Chisum and section of the Old Chisum trail can be also be found on the Dexter Highway.
I think someone mention Old Lincoln...great place to spend the day and walk thru history. And not too far is Fort Stanton....another great place to spend the day.
Hope this is helpful.