Pet owners can reach local pet services such as Vet-A-Go-Go on Chartres Street and the NOLA Bark Market on North Rampart Street. Local eateries that welcome pets in their outdoor seating areas include The Crepe Place, The Joint, Horns, Satsuma Cafe, and Pizza Delicious.
Warm weather throughout the year is conducive to walks with your dog with no need to bundle up against the cold. Hot, humid conditions in summer may need to be avoided on longer treks, so venture out early in the morning, find a shady venue, and pack lots of water for you and your pet.
Bywater is a backwards L-shaped community with the Industrial Canal on its eastern border and the Mississippi River on its south, occupying 1.33 square miles. This community is considered part of the ninth ward and has an elevation of three feet above sea level. Bywater's slight elevation and situation, next to a natural levee along the river, protected this community from much of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina that other neighborhoods experienced.
The neighborhood has residential and commercial buildings and is a nationally designated historic place. Many homes in the area feature historic and unique vintage architecture. Dwellings are set close to street fronts and there are some low rise apartments in the area.
The area is level with no hills to climb up and down while walking around in the area. There are also separate sidewalks on most streets, providing separate walkways for people and pets.
Bywater residents enjoy their community park on the Mississippi River. Crescent Park is a 20-acre greenway that stretches for 1.4 miles along the waterfront. The park boasts views of the New Orleans skylines and the river. A hiking and biking trail runs the length of the park, making a great path for dog walkers to enjoy. There are several venues and pavilions in the park, some of which include wharves on the river where private and public events are held.
A dog run is located in the “Kickabout” section of Crescent Park. This dog park is small and has a mixed dirt, sand, and grass surface. The dog run has no separate sections for large and small dogs and does not have a double-gated entry system, so make sure your dog is comfortable around a variety of different dogs. You should bring your own water and waste disposal supplies as they are not supplied.