Dog owners will find The Dog Chef, a specialty dog bakery featuring treats, cakes, and cookies for their furry friends on the north side of the downtown area. You can also eat at one of several local establishments that allow dogs in their outdoor seating area. Dog-friendly restaurants in the area include Kooper's Tavern, Sotto Supra, Iggies, Saschas 527, Frank and Nic’s West End Grille, and The Big Bean Theory.
Winter weather in the area is cold, wet, and not cooperative for outdoor eating or walking with your dog unless you have warm, waterproof outdoor wear. Snowy, icy conditions also occur during winter months and walkways can be slippery, so good footwear is a necessity.
The downtown area is home to most of Baltimore’s skyscrapers which provide shade to streetscapes below. This developed urban area is not well landscaped, although there are some trees planted along roads and in local parks. Historic buildings add interest to the area.
The topography has some gentle hills, but they are not steep or difficult to climb. Heavy traffic in the area, noise, and activity can be alarming to your canine companion. Make sure your dog is used to the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood and try walking at quieter times of the day with your pet if they are particularly skittish.
Downtown Baltimore has a small dedicated dog park. The Liberty Dog Park is a fenced dog run with a gravel surface. Dogs are supposed to remain leashed in the park which provides a dedicated space for dogs to socialize.
Another designated dog park in the area is Howards Park Dog Park which is situated on the north side of the region. This dog park has separate fenced areas for large and small dogs to play off-leash. While strolling downtown, you can also walk through Preston Gardens Park which is a historic linear space running parallel to Saint Paul Street.
A section of the East Coast Greenway trail runs along the river on the south side of downtown. This greenway trail is part of a vast trail system that connects 15 states and extends for 3,000 miles. This trail is a great place to hike with your leashed pup along the waterfront and beyond.