Avenue of the Arts South is generally considered to be the section of Broad Street south of City Hall. This centrally located arts district is a draw for both Philadelphia residents and tourists. It is the heart of the Philadelphia cultural scene and many shops, galleries, and theatres are located here. Residents of the neighborhood often walk to access services, to go to work nearby, or to attend school at performing arts institutions located to the north.
The weather for on-foot travel in Philadelphia is characteristic of a temperate maritime climate. That means lots of moisture and cool winters. Philadelphia experiences snow in the winter and sometimes even heavy snowfalls and pedestrians walking their pets on the Avenue of the Arts will need to wear warm outerwear and footwear in winter. Summers in Philly are hot and humid so if you're going for a long walk, take water for you and your dog so you don't become dehydrated.
Towards City Hall, buildings are typically high rises and as you move south towards Washington Avenue, buildings become more typically low rise. There are many buildings with historic architecture here, including several beautiful churches along Broad Street. The terrain along this area is flat and well developed with paved sidewalks and little landscaping, although some trees thrive along southern sections of Broad Street.
The areas along Broad Street do not have greenways, however, a few blocks away, several area parks provide trees and lawns with paved paths for you and your pup to walk. East of Broad Street, Ridgeway Park is a fenced park with trees, paths, garden areas, and an outdoor pool. Hawthorne Park, also east, provides just under 1 acre of passive-use park. Beautiful large trees located in this area shade chess and cafe tables and a natural amphitheater hosts local jazz concerts. Several unique sculptures in the park include 'lounge' chairs and a 'soapbox.' Check out this interesting greenway with your pooch for a change of scenery.
A larger park to the west of Broad Street, the Rittenhouse Square Park, provides 11 acres of greenery. This park is one of Philadelphia's oldest, created in the 17th century! A farmers market is held here weekly and large trees and benches provide cool resting spots on hot, humid summer days.