Somerton is a neighborhood in the far northeast corner of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is split into lots of little villages and contains a shopping center, two railway stations, schools, and some residential areas. Somerton is an hour and a half drive away from New York City, an hour from the coast, and less than 15 minutes from the Delaware River, making it a great location for any type of trip out. Somerton is not only great for shopping for you, but for your pooch too! With numerous pet stores, groomers, and dog-friendly restaurants, there will be no stresses about running out of dog food or poop bags and no worries about leaving your furry friend behind when you go out for a meal.
Philadelphia’s climate is relatively mild with temperatures heating up around May and lasting well into fall, so remember to take lots of water when going on walks.
As a suburban area, Somerton is relatively built up, consisting of homes, backyards, and sidewalks. However, the streets are very leafy to make for pleasant views and the flat and even sidewalks are perfect for less intense strolls. Sandals or sneakers are appropriate footwear for walking around Somerton, even for some of the parks which have even footpaths through them. If visiting some of the larger greenways in the area, such as Poquessing Valley Park or the nearby Benjamin Rush State Park, more sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots, may be required.
Although the northwest of Philadelphia is known for its hilly terrain, Somerton is far more flat, so there won’t be any surprise hikes on your walk around the neighborhood. The small size of Somerton means you can walk just about anywhere. Go from checking out the shops in Boulevard Plaza to Gifford Playground in a half an hour walk, perfect for exploring the town!
There are multiple parks and greenways in Somerton. Parks such as Gifford Playground on Tomlinson Road and the Daniel Boyle Memorial Rec Center contain play areas for children as well as green spaces for you to walk your pooch. The largest greenway in Somerton is the 32-acre Poquessing Valley Park, named after the Poquessing Creek that runs through it. The park is a wooded area, offering shady relief in the summer months and lots of trees for your pup to sniff.
If you are into walking and wish for a longer track, then you can follow the 1.5-mile recreation trail that runs through three parks in or around Somerton. The trail starts in Junod Playground on Dunks Ferry Road then goes through the aforementioned Poquessing Valley Park and finally ends in the over 500-acre Benjamin Rush State Park. Explore the parkland of Philadelphia while tiring out your pooch. It’s a winning solution!