Passyunk Square is a sought-after neighborhood in the heart of South Philadelphia. Its main drag, Passyunk Avenue, is one of the most famous streets in the city, featuring a host of restaurants, bars, and clubs that maintain the vibrancy of South Philadelphia. The centerpiece of both the street and the neighborhood is an intersection near the Capitolo Playground where Pat’s and Geno’s (two rival cheesesteak restaurants in the city) stand across the street from one another drawing in locals and tourists for Philly’s most well-known sandwich.
Passyunk Square is apart of a typical east coast city, with weather that can be found in the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region. Its summers are generally enjoyable, never really breaching ninety degrees, though the winters may pose a bit of a different threat with some chillier weather that can bring ice and some sleet to city streets. Exercise caution when walking around the cooler months for this reason.
The greater Philadelphia area is mostly a very flat and mild place and the terrain in Passyunk Square reflects these characteristics as well. At most points in the neighborhood, you won’t find any sharp inclines, hills, or dramatic shifts in elevation, meaning you and your dog will likely not have any issues traversing this neighborhood. The environment is mostly artificial, with a few small, natural areas. It is mostly built up with apartments and closely-placed row houses lining the streets along with small businesses and popular restaurants.
The traffic in this part of town will be fairly and consistently heavy, both by car and on foot. If you and your dog are able to deal with crowds and lots of bustling activity, you will enjoy walking down major roads like Passyunk Avenue, but the quieter, more residential sections will have more to offer for those who want a mild walk.
There are several parks and greenways within the borders of Passyunk Square, as well as other nearby just outside its boundaries. Capitolo Park, located right next to Pat’s and Geno’s mentioned above, is a large park with athletic facilities and some open green areas. It is a great place to take your dog on a sunny day and there are usually other locals walking there either by themselves or with their pets.
Columbus Square, located in the western part of the neighborhood, is one of the best parks for dog walking in the city of Philadelphia. It has its very own dog park along with regular park amenities that can be found in other places throughout the city. Its natural environment makes it feel much more removed from the city than it is and it has a garden and walking trails for all to enjoy.