Downtown Miami has a lot to offer between towering high-rise offices, apartments and condominiums, eclectic stores, amazing restaurants, and over 14,000 people who regularly call this place home. The majority of the downtown area has long since been paved over but the further out from the center of the business district, the more green spaces you are likely to see.
Taking your dog for a walk typically means a stroll down the sidewalks and, if you are lucky, finding a patch of grass. Thankfully, once you leave the city center, you will find a lot more grass. Depending on where you live, you can either walk or drive to find it.
The weather in the downtown area is absolutely gorgeous with winter lows that dip into the 60s and summer highs that creep into the 90s. Beyond a little rain from time to time, there aren't many times when you and Ruby can't get out and stretch your legs.
Finding walkable terrain that isn't concrete can be hard to do in the center of Downtown Miami. The ground here is flat but the sidewalks are nice and wide in most areas, giving the two of you room to walk.
Walking on concrete can be hard on Ruby's paws in two ways. First, the concrete can and will wear at them and can cause discomfort over a short period of time. Second, once the temperature outside reaches the 80s, any pavement in direct sunlight can easily reach 135°F or higher. This is high enough to cause serious burns. Take your time getting Ruby used to walking on cement by taking short walks at first until their paws have had time to develop a layer of callouses to help protect them. Because of the heat, you should take your walks in the early morning before that beautiful golden orb has time to crank the heat up.
While Downtown Miami might appear to be the proverbial concrete jungle, it doesn't take long for you to find grass and trees for the two of you to enjoy. There are several parks just outside of the city center and while some are dog-friendly, some are not.
For example, Bayfront Park might be a great place to take in an outdoor concert or enjoy an evening stroll, but this park is not dog-friendly. However, just up the road is Museum Park which is a large grassy area with trails bordered by the water on two sides. You and Ruby are very welcome here to enjoy the trails and grass. The only thing better than this would be if there were a little more shade.
At the southern edge of the city is Simpson Park with 7.8 acres of native trees, hardwood hammock, and numerous species of plant-life for the two of you to enjoy while you walk.