Fishtown is a neighborhood located within the greater Kensington area in northeast Philadelphia. The neighborhood is best known for being one of the trendiest places in the city, with a thriving music scene, including popular venues like the Fillmore and Johnny Brenda’s, and restaurants and bars that cater to a younger, alternative crowd. Fishtown is full of nightlife and fun daytime activities, making it a common place for recent college graduates and young professionals to move to in the city.
Philadelphia is a very large east coast city with weather that is usually found in the northern Mid-Atlantic region. It doesn’t get as cold as one might expect New York City to get, but it also won't be as warm as some others farther south might expect. In the winter, its average lows can make it fairly chilly outdoors and its summers rarely venture over ninety degrees which means good news for those who aren't summer fans.
The terrain in Fishtown is mostly flat with only a few hills and inclines to be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. None of these hills are anywhere near steep, making it an easy place to walk with dogs of any kind. The environment is entirely artificial with lots of tall buildings and tightly-packed residential sections intersecting with large commercial thoroughfares such as Girard Avenue or Frankford Avenue.
This part of town experiences nearly constant foot and street traffic, so if you or your dog don’t do well in crowded environments, you may want to look elsewhere when you go on your walks. Roads like Girard Avenue will be the worst to walk on during this time, but many of the residential areas are less congested. However, if you enjoy the bustling atmosphere and creative energy of a hip area of a city, Fishtown couldn’t suit your walking needs any better.
There are a few parks and greenways in Fishtown and even more just outside of its borders. Most of the parks and green areas in this neighborhood can be found to the east of its north-south main drag, Frankford Avenue. The largest park in the neighborhood is Hetzel Playground which is an outdoor facility that has a playground and multiple open athletic fields. Though it isn’t specifically designed for dog walking, you can take your dog there when it is not being formally used.
Penn Treaty Park is the second largest park in the neighborhood and it is located right along the waterfront of the Delaware River on Philadelphia’s eastern side. The park stretches for seven acres and has open green space, picnic areas, and a playground. Here, you can enjoy views of the Delaware River and the greater metropolitan area around Philadelphia while you and your dog are on a walk.