Mount Airy is a hodgepodge of single-family homes, row houses, and apartment buildings. This is a unique community filled with mom n' pop stores and a mix of chain and private restaurants serving up a delightful range of cultural cuisines. The bulk of the eateries can be found along Germantown Ave. However, if you want a fenced in dog park or somewhere to buy dog food or treats, you have no choice but to get in your car and go for a ride. But then, when you live next to Wissahickon Valley Park, who needs anything else?
The best times of year to go exploring is during spring and fall when the temperatures are mild. You can still go for walks in the summer, but keep them to early mornings when the pavement is cool. On the other hand, winter might be a good time to keep your walks short as the weather can be pretty cold at times.
Like most of Philly, the terrain in Mount Airy is mostly flat, despite its name. If your dog is still a pup, has put on a few extra pounds, or is getting up there in years, the flat ground can be quite welcome. It's a great way for them to get the exercise they need without pushing too hard. For more active dogs, you can still make the terrain work for you. The trick is to vary your walks and make them more interesting.
You can go different directions, choose different blocks to go around, and change up your pace. Do keep in mind that pavement can rub your pup's pads the wrong way. Start out with short walks to give them time to get used to walking on paved surfaces before you try to push them to walk a little further. Remember that the more you practice, the better you will both get at walking!
Mount Airy is home to the Awbury Arboretum and Agricultural Village and several small parks. They offer plenty of grass for you to play around on. But if you want somewhere to take long hikes, you only have to head to the southwest corner of town. Here, you will find Wissahickon Park. The park covers more than 1,800 acres as it winds alongside the Wissahickon Creek and through the Wissahickon Gorge, dropping over 100 feet as it flows through to the end of its journey at the Schuylkill River.
The park offers miles of trails for the two of you to spend all summer exploring. You can take play breaks at any one of the many meadows or fields. Keep in mind that you still need to clean up any messes your pup leaves behind. Dog waste can contain any number of parasites and diseases that can wreak havoc on the native wildlife.