Folsom is located within Ridley Township in Pennsylvania, approximately 12 miles from Philadelphia. It’s a bedroom community for commuters, with little industry within its borders. It is also located in a beautiful natural area with potential for outdoors-loving people and their pups to find lots to do. Folsom also hosts one veterinarian, ready to get your pooch up and playing in no time!
When you’re really hungry in Folsom and you ask locals where you can fill up and take your doggo with you, you’ll hear, “Folsom Philly Pretzel Factory.” With 2 outdoor benches for sitting with your buddy, you’ll be satisfied and happy. Handmade and hand-twisted pretzels are used for everything from appetizers with mustard, to cheesesteak sandwiches and pretzel sausages. They even have dessert pretzels! With no extra sugars, no fat and no cholesterol, these are pawsome treats for Fido, too, especially if you tuck a hot dog into one. Arf!
If the dessert pretzel doesn't excite you or the pup, amble over to Rita's Italian Ice on McDade and get the two of you one of Rita's signature ices. Or try one of the many different and unique flavors of ice cream, such as Swedish Fish or Marshmallow Peanut Butter. The two of you are sure to find something irresistible to enjoy at their pet-friendly outdoor tables!
Afterwards, work off those calories with a quick walk or romp in Triangle Park.Whatever your reason for being in the Folsom area, you’re sure to find something to do with your fur-buddy that you will always remember.
The Borough Center of Ridley Park, the borough beside Folsom, is home to dog-friendly East Lake Park. With 14 acres, the park is big enough to be peaceful, with walking trails that are dotted with benches, and a lake complete with a fountain and ducks. A unique feature of this urban park is the presence of some surprising wildlife like wild turkeys, bald eagles and even an occasional coyote. Imagine the smells and sounds that will entertain Fido! The lake has a fishing dock that can be used for basking in the sun, and the paths are totally wheelchair accessible. With free, easy parking, nothing could be better for an outing with your furry bestie!
Folcroft is host to dog-friendly John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, America’s first urban refuge, which was established to preserve Tinicum Marsh as well as provide an oasis for people and their dogs in an otherwise urban setting. The 10 miles of trails at the refuge are open year-round from dawn to dusk, and they amble through tidal marshes and along Darby Creek. There are 3 observation decks for viewing waterfowl and other birds, as well as fox and deer. If you want a closer look, canoes and kayaks can be put in at the trailhead parking area. Don’t forget the life jackets for you and your furry first mate!
Leo’s Steak shop is where the Folcroft locals will send you when you’re hungry and want your favorite pooch to join you for a meal. This pawsome place features 18” subs but most of its fame comes from being named the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine. They have a gigantic menju featuring meat, m eat and m ore m eat, but those among you (or your doggo) who prefers tuna or cheese can get that here, too. Leo’s provides outdoor seating, and is a family place, so bring your whole family and the pupper too! You’ll have a pawrrific meal and great company!
Tree Park resides within the Sycamore Mills neighborhood of Media, just 5 miles
from Folsom. This park features rolling green hills with tree plantings here
and there, and wooded swaths with thick trees canopied overhead. Its 120-acres
are dog-friendly and attract many dog walkers, along with long-distance runners
and families. Picnic facilities make it easy to enjoy a casual meal with the
family and Fido. Open year-round, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are
popular activities in the winter. There are dog-friendly summer concerts and
winter holiday season extravaganzas but be sure to keep him leashed. There’s
something for everyone at this woofderful park!1
This neighborhood of Swarthmore is where you’ll find Crum Woods and the 3.5 miles of trails within. The pup-friendly park comprises over 200 acres of wooded land that features waterfalls and many animals including white-tailed deer. Crum Creek runs 22.5 miles down the middle of the park and provides opportunities for a little splash-and-sip for Fido on warm days. You’ll also encounter dramatic rocky outcroppings caused by erosion of the soft bedrock, such as at Alligator Rock in the northern section of the park. A pawsome place for sitting and climbing! Other features include Crum Meadow that contains large decorative rocks, and a woodland garden. Bring your fur-pup and explore this woofderful park!