The area features many historic buildings with unique architecture that attract tourists and provides interesting scenery for residents strolling with their dogs in the neighborhood on a warm, spring day, providing it isn't raining. Brooklyn and its communities do experience more than their fair share of rain, especially in spring and fall, as these transition seasons bring wet weather from the coast. There can be snow and storms from Atlantic weather systems in the winter, along with chilly weather that will require dressing in winter attire for excursions on foot. Summers tend to be hot and humid. Be sure to dress for the weather and remember your canine buddy may need a raincoat or boots to keep warm, or to keep off hot pavement.
The Clinton Hill district is named for the hill it is located on, and there's an maximum elevation of 95 feet at its highest point. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is located on the community’s north side, on the east river. This historic neighborhood features many historic buildings, including mansions along Clinton Avenue that date to the 1800s. There are many brownstones, brick townhouses, and apartment buildings featuring unique architecture. Two colleges located in the neighborhood, St. Joseph's College and the Pratt Institute, provide scenic grounds and add to the community’s charm. This area features mature trees and well developed yards and gardens in private residences and at public buildings. Tree lined roads and sidewalks provide shade to pedestrians, and unique residential buildings in a variety of styles, mixed with commercial locations, provide interesting walking opportunities in the community. The neighborhood is relatively quiet for busy New York City, however there is still lots of traffic to watch for in this central neighborhood when walking with your dog, so be aware.
Clinton Hill features many playgrounds, school yards, and sports fields dotted throughout the neighborhood, which provide green destinations for locals and their pets. For residents with children and dogs, local playgrounds include Classon, Pratt, Steuben, Taaffe, and Star Spangled playgrounds located within the community. Dogs need to be kept leashed and on the border of local playgrounds.
There is a small park, Underwood Park, located in the neighborhood. Although only one acre in size, this pretty park features walkways, trees and a playground. Dogs are welcome on a leash on walkways.
For those looking for more trails and greenways, Fort Greene Park is located just a few blocks west of Clinton Hill, in the adjacent Fort Greene neighborhood. This 30-acre park features rolling tree-filled terrain with lots of walking trails to enjoy with your pup. There is even an off-leash area for local dogs, and residents of west Clinton Hill can reach the park on foot or via a short drive. Fort Greene also has many activities and events including a weekly market.