The Baring neighborhood is home to Drexel University and has been home to many generations of the same family. Being just north of the University of Philadelphia, the area has long had a reputation for being "across the tracks." It is also the birthplace of the Mural Arts Program and has played host to Prince Charles and Princess Diana who came here to see the incredible murals on building walls. There are several restaurants in the area serving up Chinese, Jamaican, and All-American fare. Much of the housing here is Philly-style row housing, high rises, and a senior center. There are dog-friendly parks within driving distance and a dog-park over on the Schuylkill River.
You will love the summers here with temperatures in the 80s and endless blue skies. Unfortunately, winters can be a little harsh with temperatures dropping below freezing for weeks at a time and plenty of snow to deal with.
The terrain in Baring, also known as Mantua, is pretty flat and uninviting. But walking in Baring is only as boring as you let it be! The idea here is to add as much variety to your walks as possible. This means taking your dog around as many different blocks as you can, changing the number of blocks you walk and the directions you take as frequently as possible. Your pup can get just as bored with taking the same route every time as you can.
You can also go over the river and walk the trail that runs along the banks for miles in either direction. Taking nice long walks on the trail is a great way to get in the exercise you both need to stay fit and healthy! Remember to take your walks during the early morning in the summer before the sun makes the sidewalks hot and uncomfortable.
Inside of Baring, you won't find much in the way of green space beyond the usual small neighborhood parks. However, you are only a short drive from vast green spaces on both sides of the river for you and your dog to go walking in. Nearby, you will find Sweet Briar Vale, West Fairmount Park, and acres of grass with miles of trails for you and your enthusiastic pup to hike along.
On the other side of the river are the Oval, East Fairmount Park, Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, and the Glendinning Rock Garden. All of these spaces offer more acres of tree-covered grass for you and your pooch to hang out on and miles of trails to explore at every opportunity. No matter which park you choose, be sure you take plenty of waste bags with you to clean up any messes your pup happens to leave behind!