Tips for Visiting Meow Wolf as an Adult (not just for kids)

Pictures of Meow Wolf are vibrant and crazy.
Get ready for a fun time with the adult tips below.

If you’ve researched a trip to Santa Fe, NM, or even Denver, CO, you’ve surely come across encouragement to visit Meow Wolf. Adding dimension to both Denver’s and Santa Fe’s arts scene is the latest in art-utainment, Meow Wolf, an immersive art studio. Meow Wolf originally opened in New Mexico, and it now has several locations throughout the US including Grapevine TX; Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV. All of them have different themes, but some things are similar among them. These tips cover any experience at Meow Wolf. 

As an adult, you’ll want to plan your trip a bit differently than if you were with kids. It should take you a couple of hours to get through Meow Wolf. The more engaged you get in the exhibits and the Meow Wolf clues, the longer it will take you to enjoy the entire Meow Wolf experience. You should plan to stay for 2-3 hours.

What is Meow Wolf?

Meow Wolf is an interactive art installation where you can giggle, wiggle, climb, crawl, walk, touch, see, and enjoy shapes, colors, textures, scents, and stories. Part art exhibit and part entertainment complex, Meow Wolf is fun for every one. It’s especially great for date night at Meow Wolf.

Enjoy Meow Wolf as an Adult

lots of lights in meow wolf
You can take pictures in Meow Wolf.

With its flashy colors, interactive exhibits, mysterious adventuring, and captivating story, it’s hard not to have a good time at Meow Wolf. It attracts everyone. All ages, sizes, and shapes. Go during the busy periods like the weekend or over vacation periods like Winter and Spring Breaks, and you’ll enjoy Meow Wolf with hundreds of your closest friends. Otherwise, your experience will probably be better and good times will be had if you go when there are fewer kids and less chaos. The less busy times are weekdays before 12.

Go before 12 and after 6, any day of the week. If it isn’t busy, it should take you about 2-3 hours to do Meow Wolf. If it’s busy, plan 3-4 hours. Or, look for special adult nights on the Meow Wolf Event Calendar which seem to occur once or twice a month called Adulti-verse events. Meow Wolf is worth it if you can enjoy it on your own terms.

Here’s how to have an adult experience without so many small noise makers. You might want to start your experience at Meow Wolf by having a drink in the bar with your friends. You can bring your beer from the Meow Wolf Cafe Bar into the exhibit.

Support Denver’s REI and get a pair of Allbirds to walk around Meow Wolf.

Tips for a Great Visit to Meow Wolf 

underwater vibrant meow wolf scene
Meow Wolf pictures always come out vibrant.

On my recent visit, I enjoyed the experience. But I have to say as an adult, I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I’d followed these simple tips.

  1. Go when kids won’t be there. Don’t get me wrong. Kids are great. But if you want to take your time with each installation, take pictures, or enjoy the art without interference, pick a time during the school day to go. If you do go with kids, try to go when other kids won’t be there. The place is an overstimulating interactive art experience. So expect the kids and perhaps even the adults to be overstimulated, too. 
  2. Do the clues. There’s an entire story embedded in the Meow Wolf exhibits. Follow the clues to have a deeper, more enriched experience within the venue. It’s much easier to engage in the clues when you have time and aren’t distracted by every “wow, look mom!” you could ever imagine. Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return and Denver’s Convergence Station have underground stories to follow. Grab the Q Pass for help in solving them.
  3. Don’t buy the 3D glasses. There’s maybe 1 or 2 items that the 3D glasses really make sense for, but otherwise, they’re an annoyance. If you really want the 3D experience, just bring your own pair left over from the last 3D experience you had.
  4. Have a meetup time and place. It’s easy to get lost and distracted in the exhibit, so if you’re with friends, pick a meetup place. I suggest the fireplace in Santa Fe or the Rocket Car for Denver. Or the bar in any of the Meow Wolf locations.
  5. Go to the bathroom before entering. You are allowed to re-enter, but the bathrooms are super inconvenient to the entry/exit of the exhibit, and taking a bathroom break will disrupt your immersion.
  6. Get your Meow Wolf tickets online before you go. Time slots are available at the top of the hour, then every 20 minutes throughout the hour.
  7. Take public transit. Parking is difficult at the Denver location in particular, so if you’re in Denver and you’re trying to get to Meow Wolf by transit, just take the light rail to Empower Field or the A line to Union Station and walk.

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Hey Denver Wolfers, Suggestions Just for You!

Denver’s Meow Wolf has improved the experience over Santa Fe’s by having timed entries, placing bathrooms within the exhibit, incorporating some of the amazing Denver history, and having public transit to the location. There’s even a brewery nearby. Nonetheless, following the tips above, as adults, will ensure you’re having a good time. If you’re up for more ideas on what to do for Denver, or you just want to walk around the downtown, check out all the walks that are suggested at DenverByFoot.com.

Thanks everyone! Have you been to Meow Wolf? Which Meow Wolf is the best? Do you have suggestions for enjoying it in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Grapevine or for the Denver location? 

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