First things first, let’s talk about dog parks!
Masterson Station Dog Park is by far our favorite dog park in Lexington. This park offers two sides, one for big dogs and one for small. The best part? They offer areas for your dog to get fresh, cold water, as well as large trees for some shaded areas and much needed cooling down. On these hot summer days, that’s a big bonus. Both sides of the park also have benches, waste bags, and are securely fenced all around. Masterson Station is a 15-minute drive from downtown Lexington and a 20-minute drive from The University of Kentucky campus!
Wellington Park similar to Masterson Station, this park also offers two sides. Both are securely fenced, lots of foliage, and benches to relax on. Wellington Park is located 20 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from campus.
Coldstream Park located just down Newtown Pike. If you’re looking for a more lowkey park for your dog, this is the place for you. Coldstream park, while used often for it’s jogging trail is a bit of a hidden gem in the dog park world. As with the two other parks, there are two large fields, as well as benches. Coldstream is located 20 minutes from campus and 12 minutes from downtown.
While watching our four-legged children play can be fun, let’s talk about some awesome locations to get some exercise and fun yourself. Some days I feel a little more ambitious and would like to get some exercise along with my pup. After testing dozens of walking paths with my dog, I have narrowed it down to my top three favorite places. My first pick is a spot I go to at least three or more times a week.
Cardinal Run South is my all time favorite spot to walk my dog in Lexington. Whether you are wanting to take a quick walk with your pup or a long, leisurely stroll, Cardinal Run has several different routes you can take depending on how long you are wanting to walk. Whichever path you take, they are all paved and mostly shaded from trees. Another bonus? It backs up to a gorgeous neighborhood. Cardinal Run South is a 12-minute drive from campus and 15 minutes from downtown.
Kentucky Horse Park is a local Kentucky hot spot, but there are also dozens of paths to walk on with some absolutely gorgeous, Kentucky views. Here you can walk through the park and interact with some beautiful horses, as well as take advantage of the green space and open fields throughout the park. There are also ponds located through the park if you happen to have a pup that loves water! The Kentucky Horse Park is 25 minutes from campus and 20 minutes from downtown Lexington.
The University of Kentucky Arboretum is filled with beautiful plants of all kinds and has several different paths you can choose from. I love how close it is to campus and downtown. It’s a 5-minute drive from the middle of campus and a 15-minute drive from downtown. As a college student with an energetic pup, it doesn’t get much better than this.
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