Lincoln Heights is a small neighborhood in the Liberty Square community of Miami and consists mainly of single-family homes, apartments, and duplexes. The homes here are older but well-kept, as is most of the neighborhood. There are pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks in the area, but you will have to drive to find them. There are several delicious restaurants all around the community and within driving distance, depending on your tastes. There are plenty of sidewalks for you and your pup to use for your daily strolls.
For those who are new to the area, get ready to enjoy fabulous weather almost every day of the year. For example, the weather in January up north means temperatures below freezing with tons of snow. Here, it means temperatures of around 60 degrees and sunshine! It does rain during the winter months, but even with this, there aren't many days the two of you can't go walking.
The terrain in Lincoln Heights is quite level and suburban in nature. The sidewalks here are narrow but functional. Depending on which block you happen to be walking along, you might have a grass berm between you and the road or you might have a paved surface the residents tend to use for additional parking.
You and your pup should try to take your walks during the early morning hours, especially during the summer months. According to the SPCA, at a 70°F ambient temperature, the pavement can reach 120°F. At this temperature, all you need is a little cooking oil, and you could fry an egg! By the time summer sets in and the outside temperature hits the upper 80s, the pavement can reach temperatures of 135 to 145°F. If 120°F can fry an egg, imagine what 135-145° is going to do to your pup's paws! Go for your walks early before the pavement reaches temperatures like this.
Within the confines of Lincoln Heights, there isn't much in the way of green space with the exception of a few vacant lots. But just on the other side of NW 12th Ave. and NW 50th St. is Charles Hadley Park. This is a small park next door to Georgia Jones Ayers Middle School and Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary School and offers plenty of grass to run around on. These spaces may provide great places to bring the whole family for a picnic including your pup who will thoroughly enjoy wandering along the trails and hanging out in the shade.
Over on NW 62nd St. and NW 15th Ave. is the African Square Park with basketball courts, a playground, small walking trails, and areas of grass for you and your pooch to play on while the kids have plenty of fun on the playground and basketball courts.