Washington Square, or as the neighborhood is more commonly known, Washington Square West, is a community in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood’s central landmark is Washington Square itself which is a large, historic public square that many people go to for gatherings or relaxation. There are several smaller communities in the Washington Square area, including the Gayborhood, an area of town known for its prominent LGBT population, trendy restaurants, and a multitude of rainbow flags.
Philadelphia is a very large east coast city with weather typical of the northern Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It doesn’t get as cold as its northern neighbor of New York City, but it also doesn’t get as warm as east coast cities to its south such as Baltimore or Washington. In the winter, its average lows are in the high twenties and low thirties and its summers rarely break ninety degrees.
The terrain in Washington Square West is almost completely flat which is true for most of the central parts of Philadelphia. You are unlikely to encounter any hills or elevation shifts while on a walk. Its environment is very artificial with lots of apartments, small businesses, restaurants, and tall buildings densely packed next to one another near major city thoroughfares and few trees or foliage to be seen.
This is a highly populated area, meaning foot and street traffic will be heavy at almost all times. Being in such a bustling part of Philadelphia, Washington Square West is full of busy city-goers traversing the streets and commuters in their cars driving to and from work. Though there are some residential sections of the neighborhood, if you or your dog don’t do well in crowds, this area of town might not be the best for you to walk in.
There are a few parks and greenways within the borders of Washington Square West and even more options to explore just outside of the neighborhood. Washington Square itself is located in the upper northeast corner of the neighborhood and it is the largest green area in the community. The park is lined with trees and paths that dog walkers and joggers love to venture onto and its location near Independence Hall makes it a popular destination for tourists as well.
In the southern part of Washington Square West, you will find Louis Kahn Park which is a small park that has a few walking pathways and beautiful gardens that are beloved by the community. If you and your dog want to explore more areas than these, there are several other parks and greenways directly outside of the borders of the neighborhood and they are all within easy walking distance from any point inside.