Dessert shops and city parks in Lexington, Kentucky

Hey, y’all — Aaron here.

Kiddos across Fayette County are heading back to school this week, my kiddo included. FCPS starts back on Wed., Aug. 10. That being said, parents + grandparents alike will start to see a bit less of their kids in the coming days.

To encourage you to spend some extra time with the little ones in your life, I’m sharing a few of my favorite spots for a snack + a stroll.

Don’t have a kiddo in your life? No worries. Anyone can enjoy the sweet pairing of a local dessert shop with a nearby park. What’s important is to get out there and enjoy those fleeting summer days.

Crank & Boom, 3101 Clays Mill Rd., Ste. 301 + Wellington Park, 565 Wellington Way | This ice cream shop is right across the street from a city park that has a 1.3-mile paved loop trail. Calories in + calories out, right? Grab a scoop and go for an evening stroll.

Editor’s note: I always want to try a new flavor at Crank & Boom, but I can’t bring myself to order anything except the Kentucky Blackberry + Buttermilk flavor. It’s so good.

Freshie’s, 3851 Kenesaw Dr. + Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr. | If you like hiking, this one’s for you. Freshie’s is a vintage-style ice cream + soda fountain. All of the employees wear bowties + aprons. It’s adorable. Two miles down the road is Veterans Park — a city park with a ~4-mile hiking trail. Here is a link to the trail map.

Bruster’s, 3090 Helmsdale Pl. + Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd. | Bruster’s has a ton of both flavors + customizable topping options. After you’ve satiated your sweet tooth, consider giving disc golf a try at Jacobson Park.

Pro tip: We’ve got a disc golf guide to help you get started. Consider playing two-three holes to start, instead of the full 18.

The Press Juice and Health Bar, 191 Kentucky Ave. + Woodland Park, 601 E. High St. | Here’s a healthier option if you are looking for a little less sugar in your life. Grab a smoothie or acai bowl from The Press before taking a shaded stroll in the 19-acre, ~100-year-old Woodland Park.

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