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7 Fun Alien-Themed Things to Do in Roswell, New Mexico

The biggest surprise about Roswell, New Mexico, wasn’t the alien street lights or the McDonalds shaped like a UFO or any of the other space-themed kitsch. The biggest surprise was the fact that, for the most, Roswell was a normal Southwestern town.

I know, I KNOW. Who would have thought?!

But in all seriousness, considering we’re talking about a town whose biggest claim to fame was not one, but three, alien crash landings, I was expecting there to be more alien-themed things to do. But other than the UFO museum and a handful of gift shops, there really wasn’t.

I say this not as a criticism of the town, but as more of just a heads up for any would-be visitors. If you’re planning on making the three-hour drive from Albuquerque, you should be prepared for the fact that you can pretty much see and do everything alien-themed in Roswell in about three hours.

That aside, I definitely recommend people visit. Although I may be biased because aliens + cheesy kitsch + funny-looking inanimate objects you can take a selfie with = some of my favorite things, I think Roswell makes a good pit-stop on the way to White Sands National Monument, which, by the way, is really, REALLY cool.

So here, without further ado, is my list of seven alien-themed things to do in Roswell that are, ahem, out of this world.

1. Take a picture in front of the Welcome to Roswell Sign

Standing in front of Roswell Sign

Close up of Roswell Sign
The sign is located just as you enter the town (if you’re driving from Albuquerque).

2. Visit the Roswell Visitors Center

Visitors Center Roswell New Mexico
The staff at the Visitors Center were friendly and full of helpful advice. The Center also had some alien figurines that they decorate with each new holiday that you can take a picture with.

3. Take a picture of the alien street lights

alien street lights in Roswell New Mexico

4. See the UFO-Shaped McDonalds

McDonalds shaped like a UFO in Roswell New Mexico

5. Take funny pictures with aliens at Alien Zone

Alien Zone in Roswell

Alien Zone Roswell BBQ scene

Bar in Alien Zone in Roswell in New Mexico

Alien Zone in Roswell Living Room Scene

Restaurant Scene at Alien Zone in Roswell
When you first walk into Alien Zone, it just looks like normal gift shop. But towards the back is a door that leads into a bizarre alien exhibit room. It costs $3.00 to enter. Though the exhibit was kinda lame, if you’re looking for some interesting content for your Instagram feed, Alien Zone more than delivers.

6. Visit the UFO Museum

Outside of UFO Museum in Roswell New Mexico
The museum could use a refurbish, but it was full of a lot of detailed information about the various alien sightings in Roswell and elsewhere in the US. It cost just $5.00.

7. Take photos of the cute murals and signs

Roswell alien footprints
Alien footprints.
alien statues in Roswell
Alien statues.
Roswell alien mural
Alien-themed mural.
Roswell coke machine
This coca-cola machine was located in the Roswell UFO Museum.
Roswell alien store sign
Taken in front of the Roswell UFO Museum.

Green alien sign in Roswell


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