Located in North Philly, Northwood is a small urban neighborhood full of history and exploration. Several buildings in the community, including the Friends Hospital and H.R. Edmund's Charter School for the Arts, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You and your pup will be able to admire beautiful brick buildings from history as you stroll through this neighborhood. The area is a little quieter than other parts of Philly, so you can expect a more relaxing walk.
Though most of Northwood consists of residential buildings, there are many businesses in the neighborhood, especially along Frankford Avenue, Northwoods' southeastern border. Here, you’ll find a cafe, several small businesses, and a few restaurants. Unfortunately, there aren’t any pet stores nearby for Fido’s enjoyment, but there is an animal hospital if you run into an emergency. The Frankford Animal Clinic is located in southern Northwood, next to Jefferson Frankford Hospital.
Northwood boasts a quiet residential area with flat, easy-to-walk sidewalks. The neighborhood is perfect for long, easygoing walks or for older dogs who can’t do long hikes anymore. The old architecture and pretty single-family homes encourage you to stroll and admire instead of walk quickly past them. You and your pet will also enjoy the shade from trees that line many of the sidewalks in Northwood, making it easy to avoid the sun on extra-hot days.
While it is a calmer area compared to many other bustling Philadelphia neighborhoods, Northwood still has its share of busy roads. Oxford Avenue, a wide, two-way street, cuts across the middle of the community. Though the sidewalks are protected from the road by trees and grass, make sure to exercise extra caution here and on other busy roadways. Keep your pet on a tight leash and follow signs when crossing the street.
Northwood is a beautiful neighborhood with magnificent buildings, old, towering trees, and a peaceful atmosphere. Along with such a neighborhood comes sprawling parks with lots of grass perfect for rolling around. While there aren’t any dog parks nearby, there are still plenty of grassy areas that welcome leashed pets.
In the west end of the community, Northwood Park is a rectangular lawn with tall trees and picnic tables under the shade. It’s the perfect stop for a rest or to enjoy a nice day. Next door is the Simpson Recreation Area where you can head to the bleachers to catch a small baseball game. To the south is Overington Park where you’ll find paved paths and a small garden to explore. In the eastern part of the community, Frankford Playground also offers a baseball field in addition to a children’s playground surrounded by trees and benches.