Eltingville is an attractive, narrow neighborhood in Staten Island. It borders the Raritan Bay on one short side and the Freshkills park on the other, while its long edges are bordered by Great Kills and Arden Heights. Walking through Eltingville is very pleasant, with one or two story single-family homes and large grassy yards. Sidewalks are separated from the streets with a narrow divider, but streets are wide and generally not heavily traveled so you will feel comfortable walking your dog on a loose leash or skateboarding, bicycling, or rollerblading with your dog here. Most blocks do not have extensive tall tree cover, so walking through neighborhood streets can be hot sometimes in the summertime.
For a change from the pleasant neighborhood walking, you can head towards the water of Raritan Bay or up to the Freshkills Park and its network of boggy creeks. At the beach, you will find Crescent Beach Park with its extensive beach and lovely grassy walking areas.
Walking through the streets of Eltingville is very pleasant, with wide streets that are not heavily trafficked, and sidewalks next to large grassy yards and homes set well back from the road. This is a good neighborhood for you to enjoy being on wheels with your dog, or just walking with a loose leash along the neighborhood streets.
If you would like a change from the typical neighborhood walking, you can head to the beautiful Crescent Beach Park to give your dog a chance to enjoy walking on the beach and on the natural grassy terrain. Beach walking is especially good for dogs with hip or elbow problems, especially young dogs who are likely to develop such problems later in life.
For even more exciting exploration, you can head the other way in Eltingville and explore the extensive Freshkills Park. This beautiful park surrounds a marshy area that follows a system of rivers. While this is certainly not easy walking, if you are prepared with boots and your dog is adventurous you may love this exploration.
There is not much in the way of regional parks within the attractive neighborhood of Eltingville, perhaps because walking down the neighborhood streets is so pleasant. You can, however, easily find natural spaces to explore with your dog by heading towards the water on either end of this neighborhood. Crescent Beach Park provides a place for you and your dog to explore the beautiful beach and the natural grass and shrubbery that grows here. Your dog will love splashing in the water on hot summer days, and there is always something new and interesting to discover at the beach. Whether you see interesting sea life or bird life or find some discovery washed up by the water, this is an endlessly interesting place for you to explore with your dog.
For even more natural exploration, head towards Freshkills Park and its miles of natural terrain. This park contains primarily marshland that surrounds the system of rivers, but it also has higher grassland and forested areas as well. You can extend your exploration into Latourette park if you are looking for an extensive hike and the chance to see more wildlife.