It may be 100 degrees in Addison, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate the great outdoors. With tons of shaded areas, water features, and after-hours events, there are so many ways to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty in Addison! Here are a few of the best places to spend time outside this summer.
Addison Circle Park
This huge, 10-acre park has a splash pad for kids, covered tables and chairs, gorgeous fountains, and more, so you can beat the heat during play time. Addison Circle Park also hosts many events, like the Addison After Dark series where you can listen to free live music and participate in activities, while enjoying a picnic on the park in the evenings. The next one is Pints & Pups on August 21, featuring beer sampling from North Texas breweries, tasty treats for human and pups, arts and crafts, live music, adoptable animals, and more entertainment for dogs and their owners.
For Addison residents, Addison Outdoors hosts several outdoor fitness classes on various times Monday-Saturday in Addison Circle Park, Beckert Park, Les Lacs Park, Town Park, and South Quorum/Jefferson Street, Vitruvian Park. They have also partnered with several local organizations to host unique classes, including Goat Yoga, Camp Gladiator, and Addison Circle Yoga. This is a great way to exercise and get some fresh air at the same time.
Addison Town Park
Addison Town Park was the first park in Town, with a half-mile walking/jogging path covered in shady trees. And since the path is lighted, you can even come in the evenings for an even cooler experience. There are also shaded park benches and two play structures for kids.
This is a tiny gem hidden between the apartment buildings in the Addison Circle District. Bosque Park is a shaded naturalized park, featuring an original strand of beautiful red cedar trees, a fountain, park benches, a lighted walking path, and a glass and steel sculpture by Pascale Pryor.
Les Lacs Linear Park North
Want to spend time near the water? The beautiful Les Lacs Linear Park North has walking trails, a pavilion, lawn space, a playground, sand volleyball, tennis/pickleball, basketball, benches, parking, Texas trial garden, two public art installations, and beautiful lake views.
Located near the businesses on the west side of Quorum Drive, Quorum Park is a cool, shaded little park with plenty of places to sit by the fountains and park benches. There is also a lighted walking path and carved stone monuments set at the same elevation thro9ughout the park, making the entire park a public art installation.
Village on the Parkway
Village on the Parkway is an outdoor shopping center with popular anchor stores, chic boutiques, fun dining and entertainment, convenient services, a movie theatre and more. Hang out outside by walking along the various shops, then grabbing a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many available patios, including Lazy Dog, RA Sushi, and Sidecar Social.
With 12 acres of green space, a spring-fed creek, architectural fountains, and lots of beautiful trees along a walking trail, Vitruvian Park is one of the go-to places to hang out this summer. It’s also home to the free Vitruvian Nights Live events every other Thursday in the summer. Upcoming shows include A Hard Night’s Day (Beatles tribute band) on July 29, Matchbook 20 (Matchbook Twenty tribute band) on August 12, Emerald City (party band) on August 26, and Bidi Bidi Banda (Selena tribute band) on September 9. It’s also home to the Vitruvian Salsa Festival, taking place every Saturday in August from 6-10 p.m. These events feature live music by various bands and DJ Colombiano, salsa lessons, food trucks, and more. August 7 features Havana NRG, August 14 features Kache, August 21 features Angelucho’s CopaCabana, and August 28 features Tumbaka.
Known for its many gorgeous picture opportunities, Winnwood Park features a beautiful gazebo over a pond, a bridge, a floating fountain, deck overlooks, and park benches, making it a prime spot for wedding or formal photos. Also, many trees offer shade over the jogging trail, so you can stay cool while you work out.