Carlsbad Caverns National Park is only 40 miles away near Carlsbad and White's City for a great day trip and a fascinating underground odyssey. It is handicapped accessible with two entrances and an elevator to one of them. Stay for the exciting bat flight in the evening. Tour reservations required.
Lake Carlsbad in downtown Carlsbad on the Pecos River offers a large grassy park with boating, swimming, walking trails, playgrounds, basketball courts, splash pad for the kiddies, and picnic tables. It is truly a shining gem in the middle of the Chihauhuan desert.
Carlsbad Waterpark while small, has both slides and a lazy river for summer fun and is very inexpensive.
Sitting Bull Falls provides a cooling respite on a hot summer day for locals and visitors alike. With a paved walk to the falls and covered picnic tables, it is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Artesia waterpark and indoor pool with a lazy river and waterslides is also a very inexpensive way to cool off in summer. In the winter, you can still get some exercise in the indoor pool.
Brantley Lake State Park has fishing, boating, hiking trails, picnic area, and camping available.
Roswell UFO Museum and International Research Center has numerous exhibits concerning a local UFO incident. Be sure to stop on the way to take a picture with a wooden UFO and aliens display on the right (eastern) side of Hwy 285!
There are a LOT of geocaches in the area for some sleuthing fun.