The weather in Queens is variable with weather systems from the coast. Winters are cool and wet, although prolonged periods of frigid temperatures are usually mitigated by the Atlantic Ocean. Rain, sleet, and even snow occur and warm, waterproof outerwear is required for regular winter walking in Flushing. Summers are hot and humid and wearing cool, breathable material and taking water for you and your canine companion is advised.
The terrain has some gentle inclines, but no steep sections, and is located along Flushings Bay on the west side and the East River on the north side which are major features of the region. The Whitestone Expressway and Van Wyck Expressway bring heavy traffic along the borders and the entire region is heavily populated with lots of activity and busy streets and sidewalks. Many landmark churches, museums, a tennis stadium, a town hall, gardens, and a bird sanctuary provide diverse structures in the area.
The adjacent Kissena Corridor Park has 100 acres and connects the Flushings Meadow Park and Kissena Park with multiple greenways and pedestrian paths. Kissena Park also has a long greenway at ¾ of a mile and many other interesting trails with a lake for fishing. Other features include a cycling velodrome and golf course.
More centrally located, the Daniel Carter Beard Mall provides a greenway street right in the middle of Flushings with brick walkways around a treed garden space.