Weather in Philadelphia can be wet with frequent rainy days necessitating good rain gear to keep local dog walkers and their pets dry. In the winter, cool weather can result in precipitation turning to snow. Wait until daytime heat melts slick surfaces before venturing out for a daily walk with your pup. Summer days are hot and humid and especially in the urban Restaurant Row neighborhood where the reflection of heat off paved and concrete surfaces can exacerbate temperatures. Avoid walking when high temperature causes paved surfaces to become hot as this can damage your dog's paws.
As the name implies, restaurants, bars, cafes, and eateries are common to the area. Many streets are one way and have bike lanes or trolley tracks among them. When crossing streets in this busy area, you will need to watch for pedestrians, vehicles, public transportation, and cyclists. The sidewalks are often packed with foot traffic and your dog will need to be on a leash, well socialized, and used to plenty of commotion to walk comfortably in the community. There are some trees on the busy thoroughfares of this neighborhood and high rises shade streetscapes, however, green space is limited in this highly developed area.
Independence Park is also located east of Restaurant Row. Several attractions in the park such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell await visitors to the park, but for local canines, there are plenty of paved pedestrian greenways and large shade trees to enjoy. Franklin Square is part of this line of historic parks. This unique park features a carousel, eateries, and a magnificent water fountain. This historic park area has plenty to see for local pet owners and their furry friends.