The climate in Philly makes walking a weather-dependent activity with hot, humid summers and colder winters which may produce major snowstorms in some years with only light snow in others. Be prepared for whatever the weather in Philadelphia throws at you and if you walk your dog daily, make sure you have warm outerwear and footwear in winter.
This area is still highly developed and lacks natural landscaping. It is flat and easy to walk around with no steep climbs. Parking lots, public transportation, and busy thoroughfares with traffic accessing theatres, museums, and schools can pose a hazard when walking your dog in the region. Be sure to keep your dog leashed and close to you as sidewalks run along roadways with no grassy berms. This highly urban environment may take some getting used to for an older dog, so be sure to acclimate your pup by getting them used to the noise and traffic at less busy hours.
If you're looking for a doggy oasis in the Avenue of the Arts North, the Green Street Dog Park is nearby. This enclosed off-leash park has separate areas for large and small dogs. The surface is antimicrobial turf and there are waste facilities and water for drinking and washing your pup as well. The dog park is lighted for night use and there is a security system in place. Trees and benches make this a great place to relax and give local dog owners a chance to visit while their dogs make new friends too.
Love Park is also located in the area and is also known as John F. Kennedy Plaza. This paved plaza has curved granite steps, a fountain, trees, and seating areas. There is also a welcome center located here. This is a great place to sit and people-watch with your dog in the shade while enjoying a snack from a local food vendor.