Floral Park is a neighborhood in Queens that is so named due to the two dozen flower farms that dominated this area after the Civil War. Today, it is home to a largely residential neighborhood lined with old homes built throughout the 1900s. It is largely considered a family neighborhood with a small downtown area. You will find a lot of different restaurants along the main drag, but don’t look for the seemingly ever-present fast food because it does not exist here. There is a lot of puppy love in this area because you cannot turn without finding some sort of amenity for your favorite four-legged friend.
Weather here has its ups and downs. Fall and spring are often lovely times to walk around Floral Park though winters can be rough due to snow and rain storms that can leave the area staggering. Summers are often hot, but not so much so that early morning walks are not possible.
You won’t find any hills in Floral Park as the entire neighborhood is very flat which may be good news if you're not looking to fight against the terrain. If you are nothing more than a casual walker, enjoy your time wandering around different parts of the neighborhood. There are lots of things to see and the downtown district has a lovely old world feel to it that is very different from a lot of the neighborhoods in New York City.
Sidewalks will definitely be where most of your walking takes place. Some of the sidewalks in the residential areas do have grassy shoulders which your dog will really enjoy. Most of the streets are also lined with trees which means plenty of shade. This is important for summer months when sidewalks can get hot as lots of shade trees and grass can make a big difference in whether or not you can walk during the day.
There are two small greenways in the Floral Park area. One is the Averill Boulevard Park which has a walking path, lots of grass, and a few trees. The Floral Park Playground also has a bit of grass but not much else.
Just to the north, you will find a better option at the Alley Pond Park. Covered with trees and laced with trails, it is a perfect place for an afternoon outing. They also have dog-friendly areas at the park where you can let your pooch off-leash for a bit to let him do all the things that dogs like to do.
Cunningham Park is not much farther away and also has dog-friendly areas to enjoy. There are also food trucks at the park, letting you grab a bite to eat on your outing. This park will likely require a car ride, but given the size of the park and its facilities it is worth the extra effort.