Situated along Rancocas Creek, Riverside is a small town with a rich and interesting history. Originally a resort town called Progress, Riverside welcomed Philadelphians who wanted to take a summer vacation in the countryside. Riverside also used to be home to the world's largest watch case manufacturer, with its clock tower now a local landmark. There is also one veterinary hospital to serve your best friend's needs while you're in town.
Take Fido for a leashed stroll under large trees at the Spring Garden Park, located in the Riverside Town Center. This shady park features paved walkways, playground equipment, benches, and a pavilion. It's a good idea to bring some food so you and your furry pal can have a snack while you're there. Remember to bring doggie waste bags as well so you can clean up after your pooch.
Another spot where Fido can go for a walkie is Whomsley Field. This park is used by the local kids to play baseball, softball, and soccer, so you might catch a game or practice session while you're there. Aside from open space, you and Fido will find a tank on display at Whomsley Field.
Come see historic Riverside Township with your pup!
Just a short drive from the Riverside town center is Amico Island Park, a 55-acre peninsula in the neighboring township of Delran. Located at the confluence of Rancocas Creek and the Delaware River, Amico Island Park is a great place to go for a hike and picnic with your pup in a rustic natural setting. Composed of upland forests, meadows, wetlands, fresh water ponds, and river shorelines, the peninsula is home to numerous of wildlife species. While exploring the trails, you and Fido will likely encounter cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, and great blue herons. You will also get to enjoy great views of the Philadelphia skyline.
Daily walks keep your pupper happy and healthy, so head to Tenby Chase Playground in nearby Delran to make sure he gets his exercise. This 12-acre park has a playground and ball fields, with the majority of the site being wooded and left in its natural state. After hanging out at Tenby Chase Playground, take a quick drive to The Meadows Original Frozen Custard to grab a cold treat. This location has three dog-friendly outdoor tables but no table service, so place your order at the drive-thru window so you don't have to leave Fido outside while you go in to order.
Memorial Park in nearby Cinnaminson is a great place to take your pooch for a leashed walk. The township's largest park, Memorial Park spans 69 acres and comprises multiple athletic fields, a hockey rink, a bocce court, a children's play area, and a natural lake. There is also an exercise/sledding hill and a .75-mile walking path where Fido can burn off his excess energy. Once your best friend's all nice and tired, you can relax by the lake or watch a sports game. Locals say the park is generally quiet in the mornings, so go early if you want to have the place to yourself.
If Fido is looking to make some new canine friends, head to the Swedes Run Dog Park in the nearby township of Moorestown. Just a 10- to 15-minute drive from Riverside, the Swedes Run Dog Park is a fully fenced, off-leash area with separate sections for large and small dogs, agility equipment, pet waste stations, and a water fountain. There's even a covered area for the humans, so you can sit in the shade while you keep an eye on your pooch. The Swedes Run Dog Park is located in Swedes Run Fields, a 40-acre open space parcel that also includes an old stone shed.
Strawbridge Lake Park in nearby Moorestown is one of the township's most unique areas, with a man-made lake that was built by locals during the Great Depression, a beautiful pergola, and some cute bear statues. These features make this 70-acre park a nice spot to not only go for a leashed walk but also take photos of your furry buddy. If walking around Strawbridge Lake Park leaves you hungry, head to the nearby Panera Bread for some food. This location has a spacious patio so you can dig into a sandwich or salad with your four-legged best friend by your side.