West of Philadelphia, you'll find the diverse and dog-friendly township of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Over 100 ethnic cultures live in harmony within Upper Darby in the equally diverse architectural housing types. As you walk your dog, you will see tree-lined neighborhoods, turn-of-the-century developments, and even densely populated rowhouses. In Darby, you and Fido can find the neighborhood of your dreams with every walk delivering a small piece of history. The land around Upper Darby was originally settled as New Sweden, but soon after was conquered by the Dutch to become New Amsterdam, before finally being settled by William Penn — making it the first colony of Pennsylvania. You and your dog can explore historic landmarks like the Lower Swedish Cabin, which was built along Darby Creek in 1654.
If your pup is more of a modernized mutt, you can also visit the Town Theater — a music venue which has hosted acts like Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. Pet parents feel comfortable knowing that there are 5 veterinarians right in town. There is also a single pet shop in town with dozens more in the surrounding area. If you're a fan of bringing your dog on scenic hikes than rest easy knowing that Upper Darby is in no short supply of nature preserves and dog parks. This Pennsylvania township is tail-waggin' good time!
Does your dog enjoy walking along a creek listening to the sounds of the water sifting through the rocks? Then he'll love walking by the Darby Creek in the Beverly Hills neighborhood. One of the best hiking trails is found in Penn Pines Park. The trail is a little over 1.2 miles long and zigs zags through the park. Along the way, you can view of flying squirrels, deer, and plenty of flora and fauna. Your dog can sniff out the wilderness as you enjoy the climate.
Does your dog love the thrill of the chase at the dog park? Then he'll love living in the Drexel Hills neighborhood, which hosts the Kent Dog Park. The dog park is a 10-acre stretch that includes a fenced-in play area for Fido, a fishing area, and covered pavilions for picnics. Kent has two fenced-in parks — one for the little guys and one for the big guys. You will need to get an access pass to enter Kent Dog Park. This is as easy as organizing all of Fido's paperwork and applying to the county. The "puggle" is real, but it will be well worth it for your pup to play!
Is your dog inseparable from his tennis ball? A great place for a game of fetch is in the Kirklyn neighborhood. At Naylor's Run Park, there is plenty of space for Fido to get his fill of the sun and trees. Naylor's Run offers 3 tennis courts, 2 marble rinks, and a walking trail along the creek. There is also an environmental education center in Naylor's Run that reviews ways we can live in harmony with nature around us. Your dog's sure to be a fan of that!
Is your dog's idea of paradise a green playground for his inner nature lover? Then the Overbrook Farms neighborhood is howlin' his name! Overbrook hugs the side of Morris Park. You and your dog can hike alongside the West Branch Indian Creek, or explore the sights in Haddington Woods. Haddington is a 40-acre wooded urban forest. In the past few years, the city of Philadelphia has stepped in to restore this park from invasive species. Approximately 5,000 new saplings were planted, and within a few years, Haddington Woods should be back on track to be a preserved nature area.
Will your dog never turn down an offer for a trip to the dog park? Just above the Llanerch neighborhood is the Haverford Reserve Dog Park, which packs in a day's outing worth of fun for your Fido! The completely fenced-in area of Haverford is mostly maintained by volunteers from the community. This unique experience is a social outlet for you and your pup. The volunteers who maintain the park ask that both owners and dogs are obedient so that everyone can have a fun time. There are separate areas for big dogs and little dogs at Haverford Reserve Dog Park, and tails are always wagging!