Society Hill is centrally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This community is a unique historic district with a population of about 6,215 that was first developed in the 1680s. The community is highly walkable with unique streetscapes contained within and historic buildings, landmarks, residential properties, and commercial businesses nearby. Restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions are plentiful throughout the neighborhood and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Philadelphia weather can be wet with lots of rainy days and rain jackets and an umbrella are a must when living in Society Hill. A warm coat and footwear with good traction for cold and sometimes snowy Philly winter days are also necessary. Fortunately, snow and icy conditions do not usually last long as winter temperatures usually rise above the freezing mark. Summers are often hot and humid and walking your dog at the height of the day may be uncomfortable, so plan your excursions with your pup for cooler times of the day.
Society Hill is an affluent neighborhood with historic buildings and landmarks. Homes in the area consist mostly of two and four-story row and townhomes reflecting the rich history of the neighborhood with their unique architecture. There is also some high rise apartment buildings on the north side of the neighborhood that provide some shade to the streets.
The neighborhood contains one of the largest concentration of buildings from the 1700s and 1800s in the US and streets are lined with Franklin Street Lamps, brick sidewalks, cobblestone, and Belgian Block street surfaces.
Streets are narrow, often one way, and feature bike lanes. When crossing Society Hill roads, watch for both four and two-wheeled traffic before proceeding across with your pet. The Delaware River runs along the east side. There is not a lot of landscaping in the developed and historic urban neighborhood with residences set close together. However, parks in the area provide green space and shade trees.
Washington Square Park is located in Society Hill and Independence Park borders the community on its north side. These parks have historic landmarks, monuments, and paved pedestrian paths where you can stroll with your dog and take in the history, shady trees, and take a rest in the square on a bench.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is located east of Society Hill along the river and this urban beach and park have a boardwalk to access the waterfront. Hammocks are hung in the park and LED lights grace the beautiful shade trees providing light after dark. The Delaware River Trail extends south from the park and provides a greenway lined with eateries, public art, and views of the river and historic landmarks.
Take the trail north to the Penn's Landing Dog Park. This park provides separate enclosed areas for large and small dogs to romp off leash and waste disposal bags to allow you to clean up after your pet.