Humid conditions in the summer can make walking your dog in this area uncomfortable during and paved areas can become hot. You can obtain doggie boots to protect your pup's paw pads and bring along drinking water. Winter months have sub-freezing temperatures and some snow, so a warm coat and good footwear will keep you comfortable when strolling the streets with your furry friend.
The district is historic and buildings feature vintage architecture with colorful signs. About 3,000 residents live in the area which is densely packed with multi-story buildings. The terrain is flat and easy for walking down bustling, active streets on sidewalks. There is a lot of traffic in this area, both pedestrian and vehicular, so you should make sure your dog is securely leashed and accustomed to noise, people, and cars.
There is not a lot of landscaping, which means walking on the pavement with little shade. Make sure you and your dog are prepared for urban conditions.
The Chinatown Park is located in the northwest corner of the neighborhood and is easily reached on foot. This small triangular park is mostly open with some shade trees on the perimeter. There is a paved walking path through the park and Milian Park is located across the street. Milian Park is a similar greenway to Chinatown Park with an open lawn and paved path you can visit with your dog.
For long treks with your pup, you can drive to several large natural areas which are a short distance away. Rock Creek Park is probably the most well known large park and is located to the north of Chinatown. This park system has 2,000 acres of wooded areas and miles of trail systems where you can enjoy long walks with your canine companion. Keep your dog leashed in this park as there are lots of other users including cyclists and plenty of wildlife in the area.