Jefferson Square is a simple, lovely strolling park that has been part of the Southwark neighborhood in Philadelphia since the mid-1800s. It was established back then to give people with small or no yards a place to gather, walk, and relax on a pleasant lawn under the shade of tall trees. Now, it serves this same purpose for pups as well as people, and has become a favorite gathering place for neighborhood dogs.
The walkways of Jefferson Square wind around a center point like petals of a flower. You could use the intricate design of these paths to plot laps around the park if you need to log some steps. The scenery is pleasant, with decorative urns and planters filled with flowers. However, true to the square's original intent, this is more a place for a leisurely stroll than an athletic run.
The main draw of Jefferson Square are its lawns. Lots of grass makes for happy paws and a good bathroom spot. Just remember to clean up after your dog! You'll need to bring your own waste bags and water. If you have time for more than just a quick walk, you can unroll a blanket and relax on the lawn or sit on one of the many benches under the shade of the park's mature trees. This is a great place to chill with a book and your dog's favorite chew. Just expect other curious pups to come over and check you out. You're likely to make new four-legged friends in Jefferson Square.
If you're in the mood for a picnic, you could pack your own, or you could head one block over to Taco Loco. Fans swear this food truck, which is parked permanently in front of the playground next to Jefferson Square, makes the best and most authentic tacos in Philly. Taco Loco doesn't offer a seating area, making Jefferson Square the obvious place to eat your grub. It's an affordable treat and a great option for a lunch break in the park.
If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by this lovely and underrated park to brighten your and your dog's day.