LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — July is National Parks and Recreation Month, which makes it the perfect time to explore, enjoy, and celebrate Lexington’s parks and facilities.

Here are Lexington’s top five parks, according to Yelp.


1. The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

Located on the University Campus, the 100-acre arboretum features three horticultural gardens and two miles of paved walking trails. The park is divided into regions where visitors can enjoy native plants and flowers found in the seven regions of the Bluegrass State. The arboretum is open from dawn to dusk year-round.

2. McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs, a National Registered Historic Site, has served as the location of a mill, a gunpowder factory, a distillery, and a dairy farm over the years. Until it was donated to the city as parkland. There are 26 acres of walking trails, and natural springs are tucked away off Old Frankfort Pike at McConnell Springs.

3. Jacobson Park

Just off Athens-Boonesboro Road is a 216-acre park, including a reservoir. At Jacobson Park, you can fish, play basketball and volleyball, cool off at the spray ground, or take a paddle boat for a ride. There are seven shelters, open play fields, and restrooms available.

4. Heartland Park

The five-star-rated playground can be found in the Heartland neighborhood off Kenesaw Drive. A reviewer compliments its walking path, newer playground equipment, small pond, and plenty of room for kids to play.

5. Shilito Park

The 176-acre city park hosts amenities for everyone: basketball courts, tennis courts, a public pool, baseball fields, soccer or football fields, disc golf, picnic shelters, and a large playground. Shilito Park is located on West Reynolds Road.