Midwood is a mostly residential neighborhood in the south-central area of Brooklyn. Just north of Coney Island and the boardwalk, there are plenty of vistas to choose from when you head out for a walk. You will not find much in the way of businesses in this neighborhood, so if you are looking for a place to stop for a bite to eat or drink on your walk you may have a distance to go. Most of the retail spaces are on the southern outer edges of Midwood, although you might find the odd market or pizza place along your walk. Amenities for your four-legged friend are not too far away either. A number of vets lie in or around Midwood, and there are a handful of pet stores and grooming facilities close by for you to choose from. Weather in Brooklyn can be brutal with snow and frigid temperatures in the winter, and heat and humidity in the summer, but fall and spring offer plenty of walking opportunities. Other than the occasional blizzard, most New Yorkers find that walking is usually possible most of the year.
Terrain in Midwood consists of flat roads and sidewalks made of concrete. The sidewalks provide a safe place to walk your dog, and in some areas of the neighborhood, you will find small strips of grass and trees that your dog will enjoy exploring. The streets through this area can be busy, due to the Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue running through the middle of it, so it pays to keep Fido on a short lead and watch carefully for traffic. Most of Midwood is densely packed residential areas, but some streets have a bit less traffic on them and more trees for shade, so it is worth exploring to find the best routes through the neighborhood. If you are looking for a place to let your pup play in the grass you may have to take him out of the neighborhood. Places with softer materials to walk in like grass, dirt, or sand are very limited. Remember to be mindful of hot sidewalks in the New York City summer heat and protect your poor dog's feet!
You will find that Midwood is lacking in greenways in the neighborhood itself, but there is a park to the north called Friends Field that has an off-leash area for dogs, so it is definitely worth checking out. Another small park called Kolbert Park is situated in Central Midwood, which might provide some respite on hot summer days. Other than that, if you want to get your dog off the concrete you will need to travel a bit. Marine Park is just to the south and allows dogs off-leash everywhere but the playgrounds, ballfields, and natural areas. There is a wild preserve at the park so be sure you know where you bundle of energy and fur is allowed be before you let them go. Coney Island is also just down the road, with the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk. Prospect Park to the north just 2.5 miles away is considered a dog haven, open to off-leash dogs before and after the park is open, they can even go for a swim in the lake. There are acres of grass for your dog to run in, so it is definitely worth the trip.