In the summer and fall, the weather in West Amherst is generally comfortable, although at times summer can be very warm and humid. On hot days, make sure to keep your dog off of hot sidewalks and pavement. Spring can be very rainy and muddy, while winter is often cold and snowy. Be prepared with the appropriate gear!
If you are in the mood for busier fare, any of the primary roadways offer sightseeing opportunities with plenty of shops, plazas, and older homes. Most cross streets have designated crosswalks, so use caution when crossing these roads with your dog and be courteous to other pedestrians. Cross using the directional lights and don't jaywalk as these are roads with multiple lanes and traffic going anywhere from 45 to 60mph.
Near the heart of West Amherst is Ellicott Creek Park which features The Bark Park on Ellicott Island. This dog park exists entirely on an island within the central park and has two areas for dogs to wade out into the water The Bark Park does not have separate enclosures for small and large dogs, so keep an eye out for smaller pups. Fresh water, a paw washing station, and even a small library are available at this park for all to enjoy.