18 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR CANNON AFB
By Rachel Childs
IntroductionWelcome to Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. Cannon AFB offers a number of recreational activities to enjoy during your time here: bowling, flying, golfing, swimming, and more. Off base, there's even more to explore. Read on to learn about 18 things to do at and near Cannon AFB. Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1) Events (2-3) Hangout Spots (4) Movies (5) Bowling (6) Flight Training Facility (7-8) Gyms (9-10) Pools (11-12) Outdoor Recreation (13) Golfing (14-16) Museums (17-18) Nearby Attractions
Suggested Read:Cannon Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the following venues may be operating under limited hours of operation or closed due to base or local community restrictions. Check the venue's website or call for current hours of operation and information on attendance guidelines and restrictions.
18 Things to Do Around Cannon AFB
Cannon AFB Events
1. Base Events and ProgramsCannon AFB offers the military community a number of special events and programs throughout the year. Events include holiday celebrations, contests, drive-in movies, and more. For a full list of upcoming base events and other Cannon AFB MWR offerings, visit the Cannon AFB Force Support Squadron website.
Cannon AFB Hangouts
2. Community Center108 Cunningham Ave. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-6381 The base's Community Center is a great place to relax and have fun. Located on the second floor of the Drop Zone, the center hosts a number of special events, including video game contests, table sports tournaments, holiday events, dances, movies, instructional classes, and more. The center also has a music recording studio, gaming consoles, computers, and board games. Visit the center's website for more information on upcoming activities.
3. Tailgate Sports Lounge108 Cunningham Ave. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2448 The Tailgate Sports Lounge is also in the Drop Zone building. Enjoy a drink and some delicious food while you catch the latest game. There's a game room next to the lounge's bar with pool tables, air hockey, darts, arcade games, and casino tables.
Cannon AFB Movie Theater
4. Base Theater101 Albright Ave. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-0299 (during business hours) or 1 (575) 784-6381 (outside business hours) The base theater shows movies on the big screen. Concessions are available. For current showtimes, visit the theater's website.
Cannon AFB Bowling Alley
5. Cannon Lanes105 Albright Ave. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2280 Strike up family-friendly fun at the Cannon Lanes bowling alley on base. The center has bowling leagues, special events, and more. If you get hungry, grab a snack at the center's snack bar.
Cannon AFB Flight Training Facility
6. Aero ClubHangar 119 Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 904-4588 The base's Aero Club is a full-service recreational flight training facility. The club offers professional aviation courses and aircraft rentals.
Cannon AFB GymsCannon AFB provides an array of fitness and recreational activities. Programs include varsity sports, instructional classes, 24-hour gym access, and more. Visit the Cannon AFB Force Support Squadron website for more information on facility amenities, base running routes, and more.
7. Fitness & Sports Center400 Air Commando Way Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2466 The base's Fitness & Sports Center has strength, cardio, and weight training equipment. The center features a basketball court, a racquetball and wallyball court, track and field facilities, a parent-child area, saunas, and more. Visit the center's website for more information on exercise classes and other center amenities.
8. Commando Fitness & Aquatic Center208 Kermit Evans Road Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2466 The base's new Commando Fitness & Aquatic Center features an indoor track, an indoor pool, and a variety of workout equipment.
Cannon AFB Pools
9. Indoor Pool208 Kermit Evans Road Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2466 An indoor pool can be found at the base's new Commando Fitness & Aquatic Center.
10. DZ Aquatic Center108 Cunningham Ave. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2910 The base's outdoor DZ Aquatic Center is open seasonally. The center has a large pool, a water slide, diving boards, a baby pool, and more. Swim lessons are available.
Cannon AFB Outdoor Rec
11. Outdoor Recreation106 W St. Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2773 Cannon AFB's Outdoor Recreation offers a variety of services, including equipment rentals, trips and events, and more. Equipment rentals include boats, campers, camping equipment, skiing and snowboarding gear, sports equipment, party supplies, lawn and garden equipment, and other recreational gear. Visit the website for more information on outdoor adventures at Cannon AFB.
Clovis12. City of Clovis Parks and Recreation Department
Phone: 1 (575) 769-7870 The City of Clovis Parks and Recreation Department website can help you find the perfect park, program, or activity in Clovis. The website has information on the city's 17 parks and recreational areas, which includes sports fields, a skate park, a dog park, a golf course, a public pool, an indoor aquatic center, and more.
Cannon AFB Golf Course
13. Whispering Winds Golf Course105 Olds Drive Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-2800 Cannon AFB's 18-hole Whispering Winds Golf Course offers small, elevated greens. The course also has a pro shop, a driving range, and the Chip Shot Dining Room.
Cannon AFB Museums
14. Air ParkFront gate area Cannon AFB, NM 88101 The base's outdoor air park displays aircraft that help tell the story of Cannon AFB history.
Clovis15. Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum 105 E. Grand Ave. Clovis, NM 88101
Phone: 1 (575) 763-3435 The Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum showcases studio equipment from the nearby Norman Petty recording studio used by renowned musicians like Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, Roy Orbison, and other early rock and roll greats. The museum also displays Petty memorabilia, a re-creation of Petty studio rooms, and an oversized 1950s Fender Stratocaster guitar.
Portales16. Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and Museum National Historic Landmark 508 Route 467 Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 1 (575) 356-5235 Museum 1500 S. Ave K Lea Hall, Room 163 Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 1 (575) 562-2202 The Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark is a 640-acre site containing Paleo-Indian tools and weapons, extinct animal bones, and more. The museum houses artifacts from the Blackwater Draw archaeological site, including real mammoth bones.
Cannon AFB17. Information, Tickets, and Travel 110 Allison Ave. E. Suite 2028 Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Phone: 1 (575) 784-1275 For more information on things to do around Cannon AFB, visit the base's Information, Tickets, and Travel office. ITT offers special military discount tickets to local attractions, as well as national favorites like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Whatever travel destinations you seek, ITT staff can help you plan your trips and make sure your vacation is a memorable one.
Clovis18. Hillcrest Park Zoo 1208 N. Norris St. Clovis, NM 88101
Phone: 1 (575) 769-7873 Hillcrest Park Zoo is the second largest zoo in New Mexico. Hillcrest Park's more than 140 acres are home to the zoo's Bengal tiger, giraffes, reptiles, and primates, as well as a playground, a splash park, a sunken garden, picnic areas, and more.
ConclusionCannon AFB is full of fun opportunities, and the surrounding area offers even more things to do. Whether you want to make a splash at the pool, play a round of golf, or learn about ancient archaeological artifacts, you're sure to make plenty of new memories here.
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