Downtown Miami is a bustling metropolis filled with towering
skyscrapers, incredible views of the bay, and plenty of hidden gems to find. In
between gleaming skyscrapers, you will discover
century-old buildings, a testament to the
continuously evolving heart of Miami. The area is a warren of concrete
sidewalks and paved surfaces with very little in the way of grass. Pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks are nearby, but not Bayfront
Park. If you consider yourself
a 'foodie', there is a virtually endless supply of restaurants serving
an incredible variety of world cuisine to try.
The weather in downtown Miami is spectacular all year round. Winters tend to be warm with plenty of rain but temperatures that never go below 60 degrees. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the low 90s and plenty of rain showers. When it comes to walking Spot, there are very few days when the weather is too poor to walk.
Like most city centers, Downtown Miami consists of mostly paved surfaces. In fact, the only thing green in this part of the city is the trees that line the streets. Does this mean that you shouldn't have a dog if you live here? Certainly not! It just means that you need to work your way up to long walks on this type of surface.
For a dog, walking on concrete or paved surfaces is the equivalent of taking a piece of sandpaper and slowly rubbing it back and forth. If you start out with short walks and slowly let Spot's paws build up a thick layer of callous, then longer walks won't bother them. If you attempt to go too far, too fast, the rough surface will cause some real discomfort. You should also be aware that when the temperature outside is over 75 degrees, the pavement is hot enough to burn those paws and cause significant damage.
Downtown Miami is very short of green things in any way with the exception of the trees lining the streets. On the bayside of Biscayne Blvd, Bayfront Park offers vast areas of grass and trails to follow, but it is for people only and the four-legged member of your family is not welcome in this park.
However, just a short drive to the north is Museum Park, part of the museum complex on Biscayne Blvd. The park is a wide-open grassy space with walking trails and plenty of shady trees to relax under while Spot romps around. It's also a great place to kick back and watch the numerous cruise liners moving into the bay.
The nearest dog park is a little further north and is known as the Margaret Pace Park. This park has a fenced-in dog run split with sections for larger and smaller dogs to play in without hurting each other.