If you're into art, art galleries, street art, eye-popping graffiti, or food to die for, the Performing Arts District in Miami is the only place to be. There are more than 70 stores, galleries, antique shops, restaurants, and eclectic bars to keep you busy. The community also features the biggest outdoor street-art installations in the world. From older homes to glamorous high-rise condominium buildings and apartments, no matter your housing preference, you can find it here. Pet supply stores are a bit of drive as are dog-friendly parks, depending on where you live. The area is a mix of mostly paved areas, empty grass lots, parks, and residential areas with sidewalks and tree-lined streets.
Like the rest of Miami, the district enjoys amazingly mild winters with lows in the 60s and stellar summers with highs in the 90s and never a snowflake to be seen. The worst you have to deal with is the occasional rain shower.
As you might expect, the majority of the terrain in the Performing Arts District is a blend of paved surfaces, vacant lots, private yards, and parks. The only thing absent would be some kind of variance in the topography. In other words, the ground here is flat and easy to walk on. If this doesn't sound like much of a challenge, it will only be this way if you aren't thinking outside the box. Depending on where you live within the community, you can add more challenge to your walks by varying which direction you take, the number of blocks you walk around, and going to the various parks in the area.
One problem you should be aware of when living anywhere in Florida is the temperature of the pavement once the weather starts to warm up. In the summer, the pavement can be hot and uncomfortable, so keep this in mind on your daily walks.
The Performing Arts District has green spaces in most areas including parks, empty lots, and access to the bay. The southern end of the community offers Williams Park with a swimming pool, large baseball field, and plenty of grass for the two of you to walk and play on. The only thing you need to do is make sure of is to clean up after your pup.
Right across the street is Town Park with a playground, shade trees, and a little bit of grass. In the northern section of the community sits Roberto Clemente Park with two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and an expanse of grass that you can enjoy.
If you don't mind driving a little, Margaret Pace Park on the shores of Biscayne Bay has two fenced-in dog parks - one for larger breeds, one for smaller breeds - both of which offer a place where your pup can run around off-leash.