Safe, walkable, and family-friendly—these are just some of the things that the residents of Runnemede, New Jersey love about their town. Only 15 minutes away from downtown Philadelphia, the Borough of Runnemede is also a dog-friendly community. While there are no animal hospitals in the area, the nearest one in neighboring Woodbury is less than a couple of miles from the center of town.
Leash up and head down to the Runnemede Dog Park for a fun afternoon with your pooch! Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, the Runnemede Dog Park is a fenced-in, off-leash area with double gates, an obstacle course, and pet waste stations. Visitors say there aren't always other canine friends for their dogs to play with, so if this is the case, get Fido on the agility equipment or do some training instead.
The Green Acres Park is a furrific spot to go for a quiet, leashed walk with your best friend. Also located in a residential area, this park has walking trails, a children's playground, basketball courts, and a soccer field. Enjoy some peaceful quality time with Fido at Green Acres, away from the hustle and bustle of town.
Run to Runnemede for a pawsitively good time with your pup!
If you and Fido need to stay in town for a few days, book a pooch-friendly room at the Hotel Runnemede, which is conveniently located in the borough center and easily accessible via the New Jersey Turnpike. Each room comes with free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, cable channels, a microwave, and a refrigerator, so make yourselves at home! Four-legged guests stay free but restrictions may apply, so call first to avoid unwanted surprises at check-in. For places to eat out with Fido in tow, check out Luigi's Family Restaurant and Rita's Italian Ice. Both are about a mile from the hotel and offer pup-friendly outdoor seating.
Let Fido run and play to his heart's content at the Timber Creek Dog Park in nearby Blackwood! With 9 acres of fenced-in, off-leash space in the woods, this dog park offers more than enough room for pooches of all energy levels to romp and explore. Unlike other dog parks, there are no separate sections for large and small pups, but because Timber Creek is so big, everyone can go off and do their own thing. Outside the fenced area, you'll find a paved loop and nature trails where you and Fido can take a leashed stroll, as well as a small lake that he can swim in.
Head out a couple of miles south from Runnemede to the nearby community of Blackwood, and you'll find the dog-friendly Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Formerly called the Blackwood Railroad Trail, this paved pedestrian and bicycle path follows the route of an abandoned railroad right-of-way and will lead you and Fido through residential neighborhoods and a wooded area. Along the way, you'll encounter a restored railroad caboose, a playground, and a large athletic complex. Enjoy the views while you get a good workout on the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Remember to keep Fido leashed and clean up after him!
Cross the Delaware River to nearby Philadelphia and step into another world at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens! Spanning half a block on historic South Street, the Magic Gardens is mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar's largest artwork, comprising an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Best of all, the Magic Gardens is dog-friendly, so you get to experience all of this art and creativity with your furry buddy! Don't forget to take pictures of your pooch at this popular destination. Less than half a mile from the Magic Gardens is Cianfrani Park, a charming little park where you and Fido can go for a relaxing, leashed walk.
Let your pup socialize and meet new friends at the Mario Lanza Dog Park in nearby Philadelphia. Despite its relatively small size, this fenced dog park is a favorite among the residents. Running water for the pups and benches for the dog parents are provided. And while there is no grass, the surrounding trees provide adequate shade on hot days. Once Fido's done playing, walk about half a mile to Ox Coffee to enjoy some brewed coffee and local pastries on the bench out front or in the backyard patio. Although, Fido will most likely insist on staying at the front since that's where the dog treats and water bowl are left out.