Howard Beach, like the rest of coastal New York, experiences all four seasons. Unfortunately, winter can be a bit brutal with several long and cold months with significant snowfall. The summers can be extremely hot and humid. This is particularly important to watch because those hot summer days can lead to burning hot pavement which may hurt your pup's sensitive paw pads.
The boundaries to Howard Beach include Belt Parkway to the north, Cross Bay Boulevard and Shellbank Basin to the east, and Spring Creek Park and Old Mill Creek to the southwest. Thankfully, beyond Belt Parkway and Cross Bay Boulevard, there are no other major roadways for pedestrians to avoid in Howard Beach.
Other nearby parks include Charles Memorial Park and Hamilton Park, - both part of the larger area known as Gateway National Recreation Area- Starrett City Park, Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, Linden Park, Centreville Playground, and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The closest enclosed dog park is three miles to the north of Howard Beach, located in Forest Park.