Bainbridge Street runs from the Devil's Pocket by the Schuylkill River all the way to Head House Square on the Delaware River. It runs through a range of housing areas including single-family homes, row houses, and the luxurious homes in Head House Square and Society Hill. There are plenty of restaurants in the area serving up Italian, Vietnamese, Jamaican, Jewish, Mexican, and All-American cuisine. There are a number of pet supply stores in the area and dog-friendly parks within driving distance. There is even a dog-park which is easily accessible. Bainbridge Street has broad tree-lined sidewalks for you and your pooch to walk on, but there is very little in the way of grass to use for a quick potty break.
Summers can make walking along Bainbridge a bit tough as the temperatures can reach the upper 80s, driving the temperature of the pavement over 130°F. This can be hot enough to scorch your dog's paws!
The terrain here is paved and mostly flat which doesn't seem to make for much of a challenge when it comes to making your hikes around town interesting. Even if you live in one of the apartments on Bainbridge, you don’t have to keep your walks to the main drag. You can take your walks around any of the many blocks to either side of Bainbridge.
If your dog is not used
to walking the streets, you need to give their paws time to adjust to the rough texture. This will help protect them from
being shredded when the two of you start going for longer walks. The other thing you have to watch for when going for walks is
the time of day you go walking at the height
of summer. The best way to avoid the worry of burns is to take your walks in the early morning hours.
Bainbridge Street may be home to several businesses and residential areas, but there is practically no green space for you to enjoy. The only spot along the street is the Palumbo Recreation Center that covers a single city block. The center has a large field the two of can run around on as long as you keep them on a leash. Since this is not a dog park, you will need to bring your own waste bags to clean up. No one wants to be out having a good time only to step in a big pile of doggy mess!
The nearest dog park is the Penn's Landing Dog Park on Market St. by the waterfront. This is a fenced-in park with separate areas for smaller and larger breeds. The park is clean and well-kept with plenty of fenced-in room for your pup to run around free of a leash to play with the other dogs in the park.