Northern Liberties is a popular neighborhood just north of City Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The area was not always considered a thriving part of the city, but in the 90s, a wave of artists began moving in because of the gritty atmosphere and inexpensive rent. Bars, restaurants, and a vibrant music scene began to flourish, making it one of the most talked-about areas of the city these days. Its location near Fishtown, Center City, and the Delaware River add to its appeal as a neighborhood.
With weather typical of the northern Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, you can expect the weather to be a little more mild, in terms of both heat and cold, than states that are a little further north. Summers will rarely climb over 90 degrees, but winters can bring a little bit of snow and ice here and there so ensure that you're prepared for whatever might come your way.
The terrain in Northern Liberties can be surprisingly hilly at times, especially considering the overall flatness of many of the areas near central Philadelphia. Areas like George Street in Northern Liberties actually have relatively steep inclines that go on for several blocks before they fade back into the regular terrain of the city. However, this is only true for a few specific areas in Northern Liberties, as most of its terrain reflects the artificial, flat landscape of the northeast part of town.
The neighborhood certainly isn’t the most bustling part of Philadelphia, but it still experiences moderate to heavy foot and street traffic most times of day. During rush hour, the major thoroughfares become clogged with commuters and people walking on foot, meaning you might want to stick the quieter residential areas of the neighborhood to avoid the commotion with your dog.
There are a few parks and greenways within the borders of Northern Liberties and many more outside of its boundaries that can be easily accessed on foot. Near the center of the neighborhood, you will find Liberty Lands which is a two-acre park on restored land. It is a popular spot for dog walkers, but they have strict rules about keeping your dog on a leash and picking up after your dog relieve themselves. If you are looking to do more off-leash walking, you will need to use a different park.
Tiptop Playground is another park that is located on the eastern edge of Northern Liberties, but it is more artificial and centers on its play structure than the kinds of green areas that are conducive to dog walking. To find these, you can go directly south to explore areas of Philadelphia such as Franklin Square which has massive amounts of green space and walking trails.