The downtown neighborhood of Jersey City is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the state as people are looking to escape the high housing costs of New York City. One of the best parts of Downtown Jersey City is the sheer diversity of its people and businesses. There is never a dull moment and as long as your four-legged companion is not people shy, they will love the sights and smells as much as you will. There are plenty of places to cater to your pup's every whim as well. Whether your pup needs treats or a trim, you can find everything you need in the heart of Jersey City. There is even a dog run where they can get their wiggles out before you head home.
Jersey City does have its share of snow in the winter. Summers can be hot, but there is plenty of walking weather to be had between spring and fall!
The streets of Jersey City are mainly flat with little in the way of elevation to challenge more advanced walkers and joggers. If you are not out to get a serious workout and prefer to take a stroll and people-watch, you can enjoy the atmosphere and terrain of downtown. You do not have a lot of options for more challenging terrain since everything in the downtown area is flat, but there are plenty of areas to roam so long walks can take the place of the lack of hills.
Your pup has another option available as there are two dog parks where they can get some play time in. Most of the sidewalks and walkway surfaces are concrete throughout Downtown, but there are a few patches of grass that might make an otherwise boring walk a bit more interesting. Jersey City has really made an effort to improve its landscaping to make it a bit more people and dog friendly.
There are several greenways available in the downtown Jersey City area as well as a few just outside the area that might be worth visiting depending on how close they are to you. Hamilton Park at the north end of the downtown area has one of the two dog parks where your pup can play to their heart's content. There is also a playground there and a fountain. With grass, trees, and benches, it is a great place for you to stop for a break while your companion plays with their friends.
Van Vorst Park is towards the south end of Downtown and also has a dog run where your pup can be off-leash. With walking paths, gardens, and trees, it is also a pleasant detour when walking through the city streets. There is also a small park with trees and a bench at city hall and Paulus Hook Park to the southeast.