Crown Heights is located near the center of Brooklyn and borders Prospect Park. Most homes in this neighborhood are attractive single family homes that are flush together. Most homes do not have front yards, or if they do, they are small and fenced with no divider between sidewalk and street. While this as an attractive walk with the beautiful architecture and many mature trees, this is not a great place to walk your dog on a loose leash, or to bicycle, skateboard, or rollerblade him at your side.
At one corner of Crown Heights is the little Lincoln Terrace/Arthur S. Somers Park. This park provides a nice little place to walk around with your dog under some pleasant tree cover or enjoy the sunny grassy areas and play a game of ball or frisbee. For more opportunities for exploration and the opportunity to walk your dog on a loose leash, head towards Prospect Park.
Walking through Crown Heights very much feels like New York City walking, with closely spaced homes and narrow sidewalks next to busy streets. To get away from the city streets and enjoy a varied walking experience with your dog, focus on Prospect Park. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden shares a perimeter with Crown Heights and dogs are not allowed within this garden, so skirt it and head into Prospect Park instead. Most of Prospect Park is open to your exploration with your dog, except for the zoo. While you cannot go into the zoo with your dog, walking along the path outside of it will give him the opportunity to hear and smell some of the fascinating animals within for a new experience.
Prospect Park also offers areas where you can climb natural inclines and rocky outcroppings with your dog, giving him an opportunity to naturally test his footing and develop his agility.
Crown Heights is lucky enough to sit right next to one of the most beautiful parks in New York. Prospect Park offers a variety of natural habitats for you to explore with your dog with natural trails through dense forest. These provide an opportunity to see all kinds of interesting birds in the trees and for your dog to smell the trails and hear the rustling of animals in the underbrush. Rocky and mountainous areas provide an opportunity for your dog to test her footing and also give you a good chance of seeing reptiles sunning themselves on the rocks, or squirrels and chipmunks scurrying about.
There are several natural ponds and lakes in Prospect Park which are beautiful settings to explore on their own. One area even features a dog beach! This cute, little, sandy beach is on one of the smaller ponds in Prospect Park and features a fenced-off swimming area so that your dog can swim safely.