Along the northernmost part of the south shore of Staten Island lies the neighborhood of Great Kills. The area, despite being a part of New York, has a small town feel to it even as more housing and retail begin to crowd into the community. The main street runs through the center of this neighborhood and is home to most of the businesses that have taken up shop here. The rest of town is largely residential, but you will find a plethora of restaurants, corner stores, and even a grocery store. Your pampered pup has access to all of the amenities they may need as well as Great Kills is home to pet stores, grooming shops, and veterinarians.
Weather is typical for New York and is subject to periodic flooding. Cold weather, winter storms, snow, and ice all make their appearance in the winter and you will need to pay special attention to hot, humid summers.
Great Kills has some lovely quiet neighborhoods in it that look more like the suburbs that part of New York. There is a variety of terrain depending on what area you walk in. Some of the streets have sidewalks while others just have a grassy shoulder. There are some trees around for shade as well.
Overall walking is pleasant through this area, but you do have to pay special attention to the hot days when pavement might be too hot to walk on. This area does have some hills, but they are all minor elevation changes which are great for getting in a bit of a workout. None of the hills are enough to discourage beginners or even those that are not really interested in exercise. There are also paths close to the water if you want a change of scenery or a place where your dog can get their feet off the hot pavement.
Great Kill has a few good options when it comes to greenways. King Fisher Park is a wildlife oasis with trails to hike. Just to the south of this park is Siedenburg Park which is another wildlife area, open to hikers and with an off-leash area for your dog.
Great Kills Park is probably one of the best greenways available in the area. Wide open, grassy fields and trees along with paths for hiking make this a great destination if you want to get in some serious walking time with your four-legged best friend. There is also a beach and a walking path that runs the length of it.
Finally, there is the Seaside Wildlife Nature Park. A unique nautical-themed playground is here as well as walking paths that lead you through native seaside and salt marsh plant life. There is as much for you to enjoy in this park as there is for your pup!