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This 13-acre park was built during the Great Depression with funding from then Mayor Clyde Tingley's close friend, President Franklin Roosevelt. Located just east of I-25 and close to the University of New Mexico, the giant trees in this long standing park offer a well-shaded place to run or walk the trails. There are plenty of meandering hills present and an outstanding playground. In the winter, this is an ideal place to go sledding.
As part of the ABQ BioPark, this is an awesome orchestration of natural wonder. Sleek and graceful sharks glide about a 285,000-gallon climate controlled simulated natural habitat. Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico is contained and capsulated in this state-of-the-art facility which brings life from the exotic seas to the high desert. Among the oceanic life exhibited, you will see stingrays, sand tigers, sea horses and sea dragons. Albuquerque Aquarium is definitely a must-visit to marvel at the aquatic life!
Balloon Fiesta Park is an ideal place for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a morning walk. Apart from being a venue for ballooning throughout the year, the park also has enough facilities to make it a very entertaining place; the Norther Launch Field, where you can treat your eyes to a colorful display of hot-air balloons, the Albuquerque Golf Training Facility, for the golf enthusiasts, the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and 8 baseball fields. Regular concerts and other cultural events make Balloon Fiesta Park a popular spot among the citizens.