Where Do You Go to Get Cool?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

According to the handy temperature widget on my computer screen, it’s 91 degrees in Albuquerque right now. Not like I needed the computer to tell me it’s a hot one. I learned it firsthand when getting in my car after lunch and practically losing a layer of skin to the scalding hot interior.

A hot-as-a-blow-dryer-in-the-face sort of day makes me long for one place: a dark, cold movie theater. Plied with popcorn and plenty of icy cold soda, a theater’s refrigerated air takes the edge off—so much so, you sort of look forward to going outside and shedding your goosebumps.

But watching back-to-back movies purely to cool down isn’t exactly the most practical thing to do, so I’m on the search for other options. The pool? A coffee shop? The mall? Where do you go to get cool in Albuquerque?


  1. BreAnne Garcia McClellan
    July 7, 2009

    Before I had a child I would have been right there with you at the movies. But back to back movies are not something that appeals to a 4 yr old. So we usually head to the Natural History Museum, Explora, the Pool or up Sandia Peak.

  2. Anna Shawver
    July 7, 2009

    On a hot day I cool off sitting in my backyard drinking a cool, refreshing Margarita made with Santa Fe Mixes All-Natural Margarita Mix and listening to the sound of our waterfall and some jazz

  3. Qurmudjin
    July 7, 2009

    Any small parcel of shade will do. Expect any shade which has been around for more than a half an hour or so to be at least 4º cooler.

  4. Barber
    July 7, 2009

    When the temperature rises, I like to lace up the sneakers and stroll through a cool, shaded flower garden.


  5. estella
    July 7, 2009

    I like the museum too. The Albuquerque Art Museum is nice and cool, has great art and history, and a nice cafe too.

    Art galleries are also good places to go. Plus they sometimes have complimentary drinks and refreshments so you can score a snack too!

  6. Aileen
    July 8, 2009

    Our family loves the city’s pools, and a favorite is the little known Rio Grande Pool. (I almost hate telling you about it). It’s just north of the zoo, and has a shady tree area we can hang out on.

    Here’s another ABQ secret: go shopping at ABQ Uptown and take the kids. There’s a wonderful squirt plaza where they can take off their shoes and run, play, get wet, whatever. On summer weekends there is often a musician there to entertain with kids’ music. Take in lunch at one of the many restaurants, or head over to the Apple store….great family fun.

  7. Melody
    July 8, 2009

    I love to go to the Aquarium and watch the big tank, its dark, its cool, and relaxing. Otherwise I head to the Pecos. :-)

  8. Nina Baldwin
    July 10, 2009

    Out here in Rio Rancho we head over to the new Loma Colorado Library…big, beautiful, full of interesting stuff…and very cool!!
    Also, the beautiful new aquatic center is lots of fun!
    When in Albuquerque we head down to Old Town to the KISS Cafe…they make great fresh-squeezed lemonade…and Patio Escondido is beautiful this time of year!!
    Fun stuff in the big city!!

  9. Rocco
    July 19, 2009

    Play golf at Paako! It’s much cooler on the other side of the mountian!