The entire Germantown area of Philly is steeped in the nation's history. It was home to the Quakers who revolted against slavery back in 1688, home to a number of prominent abolitionists, and to the Deshler-Morris house where George Washington took refuge in when the Yellow Fever epidemic swept the nation in the latter part of the 18th century. Like most areas of Philly, poverty has made its mark among the glorious stone homes, however, the area is still considered quiet, serene, and an ideal location to call home. There are dozens of restaurants to check out as well as dog-friendly parks and pet supply stores.
Those who love spring will find it to be the perfect time to explore the area along Germantown Ave. where you will find several significant Revolutionary War sites along the way. Take time to visit the Wyck House, built in 1824, as the gardens here have over 70 varieties of roses for you to enjoy.
The terrain here is a blend of suburban and urban, depending on where you live. The ground here is mostly flat with some gently rolling hills. This might make for some rather dull walks, but only you let it! Depending on where you go walking, the scenery ranges from looking at row houses to seeing some of the more historic homes in the country. But no matter where you live, you will still have to live with walking on pavement unless you go to one of the numerous nearby parks.
Walking on the sidewalk takes a bit of getting used to for a dog. Imagine how the bottom of your feet would look if you had to walk around several blocks without shoes in the middle of summer. The same applies to your dog's paws! Take short walks at first, giving their paws time to build up the calluses needed to protect them from the rough, hot concrete.
There are a few small parks scattered around Germantown East, including the Awbury Arboretum, all of which offer spacious areas of grass. But if you want room for both of you to stretch your legs, you need to head west to the Wissahickon Valley Park. The park covers 18 acres along both sides of the Wissahickon Creek and Gorge. In the park, you will find 57 miles of trails that take you through some of the lushest scenery in the city. The Gorge is spectacular during the 80-degree weather when the sun is shining down through the trees. It's a great place to take the whole family for a picnic and then for a nice long hike in the woods along the Wissahickon Creek.
To the south of Wissahickon Park is Fairmount Park with acres of grass to play on and the Philadelphia Zoo, the perfect place to spend some time with your family.