The weather on Staten Island can vary with Atlantic weather systems. It is usually hot and humid in summer, and pedestrians in the area enjoy cool breezes off the waterfront while strolling with their dogs. Weather becomes more inclement in the offseason, with colder weather and storm systems possible. Waterfront areas may be more accessible in the offseason when there are fewer people using waterfront facilities and walkways.
Shore Acres is a beautiful, exclusive residential neighborhood, featuring a variety of different styles of houses, including some magnificent, two-story Victorian homes. There are also newer duplexes, townhouses, and condos in the area, especially nearer the busy waterfront areas. Some walk up and high rise apartment complexes are also present near the waterfront. Further inland, homes feature beautiful gardens, lawns, and yards. Huge shady trees keep sidewalks cool for walking, which is a good thing, because the area is hilly! Walking up and down hilly, winding streets in the area can be tiring in hot, humid weather, and cool trees throwing shade over walkways are appreciated. The terrain slopes towards the waterfront where parks and plenty of green space has been preserved. The busy Staten Island Expressway borders the community to the south and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is located here, providing access across the upper bay to Brooklyn.
The scenic Von Briesen Park is located along the waterfront in Shore Acres. This 13-acre park has been kept very natural. With little development, it is considered to be a passive park and is a noted location of Peregrine Falcon nesting sites. Many of the original native trees have been preserved including red oak, horse chestnut and tulip trees. There is also a dog-friendly off-leash area. This dog park is located on the right side of the park, and dogs are allowed off-leash in the enclosed area. Also, on the waterfront is a walkway that runs along the beach and accesses the marina. Dogs should be kept on-leash; check current local regulations with regard to seasonal access for dogs at the waterfront, as some jurisdictions limit high season access to beaches and boardwalks. Another park located on the waterfront at Shore Acres is the Alice Austen Park. This 15-acre park features a historic residence, grounds, and scenic view of Buono Beach. There are also kayak and canoe launch sites here. Teach your dog to sit quietly in a kayak or canoe and he can enjoy water adventures with you!