Sprayground Jacobson Park

Lexington is an absolutely beautiful city and I want to encourage you to plan a trip to one of its many parks. To help you out, I have visited and reviewed three of them.

JACOBSON PARK

  • Fishing
  • Disc Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Pedal Boats
  • Dog Park
  • Spray Grounds

If you plan on fishing and picnicking, and your kids love to get wet, this is a great place to kill three birds with one stone. Make sure you have your fishing license because I was told that you might get checked by Barney Fife. The park was busy, but everyone was evenly spaced out, so it didn’t seem that crowded.

Jacobson Park GooseThere are lots of geese to feed. I carried a half loaf of bread and the honkers got closer and closer the more I fed them. Imagine if I had had a whole loaf – I would have worn a goose for a hat! Bring on derby day!

The Spray Ground. A bucket at the very top of the structure fills with water and tips every few minutes, drenching the unfortunate souls waiting below. Did I also mention that the contraption is surrounded by water cannons? Parents, this message is for you, Avast Ye!!! Keep a weather eye open matey!

WOODLAND PARK

  • Swimming Pools
  • Skate Park
  • Tennis Courts
  • Horse Shoes
  • Playgrounds
  • Softball Field
  • Tennis Wall
  • Basketball Court

About a block away from Euclid Avenue, Woodland Park comes with similar amenities as our previous visit, but it takes things up a notch.

Woodland ParkThe aquatic area is amazing for kids.  The crew of the USS Woodland needs your help to navigate and have fun.  It needs captains to assist with duties, such as abandoning ship using the waterslide, getting soaked by the cannons and posing for your parents like the nautical heroes you are.

If this oasis isn’t enough, it’s also flanked by two additional pools. To the left is a lap pool and to the right is a diving pool with a rock climbing wall.  It’s okay if you slip on the wall; just remember to yell “cannonball” on the way down.

Have you seen the blue concrete wall with a fence around it? It isn’t a wall to climb over.  It’s not for dodgeball. It’s a tennis wall. If you want to play some tennis, but you don’t have anyone because you are one of these people that bravely wears Duke shirts around town (yes, we know who you are.)

Saving the best for last is the skate park. If you’re looking for a great place to skate, you have found it.  “Sometimes the very thing you are looking for is the one thing you can’t see” – Vanessa Williams.  If you don’t skate, don’t worry, you’ll enjoy watching talented skaters performing great tricks.

SHILITO PARK

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Trail
  • Playground
  • Disc Golf
  • Fire Station

This park has open pasture, reminiscent of Jacobson Park, but tucked behind Fayette Mall.

Shilito Park PlaygroundIf you’re planning a picnic and know there will be a decent amount of kids, this park is ideal.  The shelters are located a good distance away from the roads, so cars aren’t big a danger. There’s plenty of space for them to run around and use up all that energy.

This best thing about this park is its trail for walkers, bicyclists, joggers and skaters. If you live in the Boston Road area, you have a great route at your doorstep. Oh, and for you speed cyclers, there’s a fire station nearby in case your tracks need to be put out.

There you have it, our top picks for getting outside and enjoying the weather before cold weather arrives. See you outside!

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