Because of Tonawanda's proximity to the Niagara River, spring, summer, and fall are comfortable and sometimes cooler along the water. If you are walking in the early morning or evening, a light jacket might be necessary. Winters can be harsh on the water with the impact of lake-effect snow which can make driving problematic. Make sure that you and your dog are wearing warm clothing appropriate for heavy snow and windy conditions.
The surrounding homes are older buildings and are quaint with some artistic properties. There are also older colonials that are wonderful examples of Western New York architecture. The streets are lined with well-established trees which make these neighborhoods the perfect places to walk a dog on a warm day. Many of these houses also feature lovely gardens and landscapes. Along the river, there are well-maintained walking trails with both shady and sunny spots. The natural walkways provide a beautiful view of the river, local wildlife, and local flora for any nature enthusiast looking for scenic places to travel.
If you would like a less populated area for your walk, consider Veterans Memorial and Isle View County Parks which are smaller and quieter locations. Closer to the heart of the city is Gateway Harbor Park at the juncture between the Erie Canal and the Niagara River. It's the perfect place for people-watching during the concerts and festivals held at this location. Finally, you may want to check out the Tonawanda Rails to Trails bike and walking path along Young Street.