As a small village that is part of Newton, this is an affluent neighborhood that serves as a suburb for downtown Boston just 7 miles away. Despite a history dating back to the 1700s, you could almost believe that you were out in the middle of the country as you stroll down the sidewalk of one of Waban’s neighborhood streets. The area is almost entirely residential aside from one street of businesses that runs through the center of the village. Unfortunately, for any pet-friendly amenities, you will need to venture down into Newton.
Winter weather in Waban can make walks difficult. With an average of 53 inches of snow, a low of 17 degrees in January guarantees that if walks do happen, you and your pup will need to bundle up. It can get warm in Waban in the summer, but typically, a morning walk will help to avoid being out in the worst heat.
Waban has a very mixed terrain with both flat areas and hilly ones. Since most of Waban is primarily flat, this lets you choose which terrain you want to walk on. Many of the hills are gentle enough for beginners but can also be challenging. Some of the sidewalks have just been replaced and are quite well-kept while others are a bit older. All the streets have grassy shoulders.
When walking your pup in the summer, hot sidewalks can pose a risk. If you walk where your pooch can get off the sidewalk when they need to, it can ensure that your favorite four-legged friend does not end up at home with burned paws. Likewise, if you like to walk in the winter, consider shoes for your dog. Their feet are more delicate than you might imagine especially if they do not spend a lot of time outside! Dogs can get frostbite too.
There are not a lot of options inside of Waban for alternatives to walking on the sidewalks. The only park in the area is the Richardson Field which has a large grassy area and a playground. The good news is that just outside of Waban is Cold Spring Park which has a wooded green space and a dog park. Cold Spring also has a lot of trails if you prefer some time to yourself or if your dog is not especially dog-friendly.
Ollie Turner Park and Centennial Park are situated to the southwest of Waban and also have plenty of trails for you to explore. The great thing about access to all of these trails is that walking the same route every day can get boring and if you have several trails within a short drive, it can serve to break the monotony and keep walking and exercising more fun!