Queen Village was settled in the 1600s by Swedish immigrants and today, it has become a multi-cultural community that is the perfect place for foodies! There are more places to eat or grab a drink than imaginable. The neighborhood is home to an incredibly diverse range of eclectic stores selling everything from locally made items to vintage clothing and vinyl. There are a few parks scattered throughout, but for the most part, you and your pooch are going to be stuck walking on concrete sidewalks. There is one small dog-park in the area along with several other dog-friendly parks to visit. Pet supply stores are within driving distance including an animal hospital in the community.
If you like warm weather, you won't mind living here as the summer is pleasant with plenty of dry days. However, winters tend to be harsh with temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow and ice.
Despite being an older community, the terrain here is flat and mostly paved over. Thankfully, the sidewalks are broad and some even have grass berms. Many of the row houses have large grassy areas for you and Trixie to play in, but there are vast areas where there is little more than concrete for the two of you to go out on. Trying to make your walks more interesting is more a matter of deciding which direction to walk in each day.
Along S. Front St., there is a long stretch of grass with a trail that leads you all the way to the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial. As long as you don't mind the noise coming from I-95, this can make a nice change of pace for your daily walks. In the end, you are going to have to be creative if you want your dog to look forward to their daily walks!
Greenways within the bounds of Queen Village are limited to the grassy areas in between rowhouses and one small park. The Mario Lanza Park, however, does have an off-leash dog park for your pooch to enjoy. The fenced-in dog area offers water fountains, plenty of shade, and benches for you to relax on while your dog goes about playing and making new friends. This is a very popular place with dog owners in the area and seems to be relatively well-kept.
If you are up for a ride, why not pile the whole family in the car and head up to Fairmont Park? This park is one of the largest nature parks in the city and offers 2000 acres of gently rolling hills, a multitude of trails, plenty of shade, and a relaxing spot on the riverfront for you and your pup to enjoy. The rest of the family can enjoy this space too!