While traveling on foot, it is useful to have an umbrella handy as it frequently rains in Philadelphia. In winter, precipitation can turn to sleet or snow with cooler temperatures making footing treacherous. Fortunately, snow does not remain long as daytime temperatures usually warm up above the freezing mark, but pedestrians should have warm jackets and good footwear for cold snaps and snow. The temperatures in spring and fall are usually ideal for walking with your pup, but summer temperatures can become excessively hot and, coupled with humidity, can make walking uncomfortable. Try planning your walks earlier or later in the day so your pup doesn't miss out on their daily excursion.
There is little green landscaping in this central urban area except in the nearby parks and the Callowhill Cut which is a former open brick-lined subway running just north of Franklintown. Dog walkers can cross this unique historical feature via bridges running over it.
Because there is a lot of traffic, busy streets, and parking lots in the district, pet owners should keep their furry friends on a leash and watch for vehicles at intersections. The terrain is flat, there are no steep hills to climb, and sidewalks that run beside busy streets provide safe pedestrian ways.
Adjacent to Sister Cities is Logan Square, a unique historic park with historic buildings and high rise towers lining its borders. There are interesting sculptures in the park to check out when strolling the paved paths. Aviator Park is just west of Logan Square and is home to public artwork and memorials.
Just north of Franklintown, Matthias Baldwin Park sits just north of the Callowhill Cut. This park has 2 acres of landscaped areas designed by a renowned artist. It is comprised of an oval center and cut into wedge-shaped, curved terraces. The park is beautifully landscaped with perennials and shade trees and is a lovely place to take your dog.