Surrounded by water on three of its sides, Travis Chelsea is a true waterside neighborhood. It is located on the eastern side of Staten Island with Fresh Kills Reach as its eastern border. Just south of the area, you’ll find Fresh Kills River which bends around to its western boundary.
There is a fair amount of pet amenities available on Travis Chelsea. If you’re looking for veterinary services, head to Victory Boulevard where you’ll find Victory Veterinary Practice. Alternatively, if you’re in the north of the area, you can try Greater Staten Island Veterinary Practice, also on Victory Boulevard. There are a few groomers in the area too. Try Bloomingtales Grooming by Josephine for the ultimate in fancy fluff. Or, if you’re looking for something more northerly, head to Bow Wow WOW Pet groomers – another great business with very positive reviews from clients whose pooches have been pampered.
In general, Travis Chelsea is an incredibly low-lying area with a large portion of the land no more than 10ft above sea level. There is a slight incline around the middle of Victory Boulevard but it should not cause any disruption to your walks. This type of terrain is perfect for dogs with small legs that cannot walk far.
Because of its location bounded by waterways on three of its sides, Travis Chelsea has a large portion of natural land. This land makes up the banks and floodplains of the river and also provides a natural habitat to the animals and birds that would normally live in these parts, with or without human intervention. The land is full of trees and grass, but there was also a lot of industry happening in these parts. Therefore, it’s not always nature reserves and beautiful landscapes. You’ll find a lot of machine works going on near the riverside.
Smule Park is the closest greenway when you’re in the Travis Chelsea area. This is a beautiful park with miles of walking trails that can be accessed from Pearson Street. If you want to make the most of the surrounding waterways, head to the William T. Wildlife Refuge in the northeast of the area. This is this city’s first wildlife preserve and is home to thousands of birds and other small animals that live on Fresh Kills River. Here, you’ll find miles of boardwalks that crisscross the marshlands. It’s a great place to escape city life and breathe in a little nature.
The Isle of Meadows is another park and garden nearby. This gorgeous scenic area is actually its own little island so it can only be assessed by crossing the Fresh Kills River. There are small sandy beaches here and, in the summertime, you’ll feel like you’ve truly found yourself your own deserted island.