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A pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, this charming green park has sparkling fountains, shady trees and interesting sculptures such as 'Malgre Tout' and 'Despoire', by Jesús Contreras. The park also has a monument dedicated to Beethoven in commemoration of the centenary of the Ninth Symphony, which was donated by the German community. This recreation space for the local populace was created in 1592 and few city parks guard such hidden history in its landscape, such as being the former site of the Inquisition's burning of heretics. A typical Mexican Sunday can be enjoyed at the Alameda Central, which often has live music, along with markets and food stalls.
One of the most popular pastimes among the city's children and teenagers is to hire a boat and row around the lake located in the Chapultepec Forest. Here people can take to the water, accompanied by the local duck and goose population, all set amidst picturesque woodland: a fine place for a family outing, right in the heart of the city.
The Bosque de Chapultepec, or the Chapultepec Forest, is one of Mexico City's favorite attractions. Counted among Western Hemisphere's largest urban parks, it covers close to 686 hectares (1,695 acres). It is a verdant oasis of the city that delineates tales of the Aztec era through its Montezuma cypress trees and several Mesoamerican artifacts that are preserved in the on-site museum. The park is also home to the magnificent Chapultepec Castle which is a memory of the region's Spanish rulers. Apart from the castle, the Monument to the Ninos Heroes, the Carcamo, the Tlaloc's fountain and the baths of Moctezuma are some of the park's notable attractions.
The Américas Center for Cultural and Family Entertainment racetrack is the place for gamblers to enjoy live horse racing and other sports events, or try their hand at the local version of bingo, called Yak! The Hipódromo de las Américas can hold up to 10,000 spectators. Apart from a theme restaurant on the premises, there are also fast food offerings and a variety of racing-related shops. Racing season is from April to September.
The largest amusement park in Latin America has become part of a well-known U.S. amusement conglomerate. Now known as Six Flags Mexico, it has incorporated the rides and themes of its northern domain, including an Adventure Kingdom and dizzying roller coasters. There are dining facilities available on the premises.
Nature lovers delight in this national reserve belonging to the community of Magdalena Contreras. The picturesque river Magdalena cuts through a ravine. Easily accessed by public transportation or private means, it is ideal for picnics, horseback riding, cycling and trekking besides offering the best rock climbing available in the Distrito Federal. There are four groups of boulders and walls reaching up to 60 meters (196 feet) high, complete with chimneys, crevices, knobs and other topographical requisites for a good climb and most routes are well equipped.
This national park provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Located in the Delegación Cuajimalpa reached by the freeway to Toluca, there are signposts to the park surrounding a 17th Century former Carmelite monastery known as the "Desert of the Lions." Arriving in the 1600s, the Carmelites named this area with reference to the biblical Elijah, who lived in the wilderness and the Leones (lions) are a reference to the family León, who were the monastery's legal representatives. Walk the dark tunnels and explore the cabins. You can enjoy a comfortable day in the countryside.