Miami Springs is a small city located just northwest of Miami, Florida and within commuting distance of the larger city of downtown Miami. The community has many facilities, amenities, and commercial businesses that can be reached on foot and is highly walkable. Schools, parks and a recreation center are located nearby as well.
There is a historic downtown area located on the east side around Circle Park. This area has many restaurants and shops to visit and dog owners will find a pet store and veterinarian located here as well.
Adding to the walkability of the area are the year-round warm temperatures. The Miami area has mild winters, with the temperature usually well above the freezing mark. Winter is usually a relatively dry season, with most of the rainfall occurring in the warmer spring and summer months. Summer days can be hot and humid and heat-related illnesses are a concern. Thunderstorms and cool breezes off the Atlantic usually moderate the heat later in the day.
Miami Springs is a triangular shaped city about three square miles in size with the Miami River canal on the northeast boundary, the Ludlam Canal and rail yards on the west, and Northwest 36th Street on the southern border. The Miami Airport is also situated on the southern border and air traffic can be seen and heard in the area. The train tracks are not a pedestrian-friendly area and you and your pup should avoid the railyards.
Homes in the neighborhood generally reflect the Pueblo Revival architectural style, with some Mission style buildings as well. Most dwellings are single-family detached homes, although there are also some apartment buildings in the region. A large golf and country club takes up a significant portion of real estate on the south side of the area.
The terrain is flat and you and your furry friend can enjoy walks along separate pedestrian-ways with grassy berms and no steep grades to climb up.
The Miami Springs Dog Park is located on the north side of the community. This enclosed dog park has separate areas for large dogs and for small dogs under 25 pounds. There are lots of amenities such as benches, waste disposal facilities, picnic tables, shade areas, a drinking water fountain, two plastic swimming pools for water-loving pups, and toys like tennis balls! There are even some agility obstacles if your dog is the talented sort!
Other community parks you can walk to in the Miami Springs region include Dove Avenue Park which has ball fields and a tot-lot, Prince Field, which boasts large sports fields and two picnic pavilions, and Charles B. Stafford Park which also has multiple sports fields and a tot-lot.
Downtown Miami Springs is centered around Circle Park. This beautiful circular greenway has paved paths, a gazebo, large shade trees, manicured lawns and seating areas, and makes a great place to visit while you are doing a little shopping nearby!