Because Philadelphia has a temperate maritime climate, weather can vary with the season and rain and snow are frequent. Snow usually does not stick around, but winter temperatures can be moderately cold and when light snow occurs, not only will pedestrians want to wear warm outerwear and footwear, but short-haired indoor dogs may want some protection too.
Roads in the area are very narrow as the area was laid out before modern urban planning initiatives dictated road patterns. Sidewalks along roadways do not have grassy berms, so dogs can accidentally step into traffic if not kept securely leashed. Historic buildings and narrow streets give the area a village feel with plenty of charm.
Pretzel Park is a located near Main Street and has a 6-foot tall pretzel sculpture. The winding walkways are perfect for a stroll after window shopping along Main Street or to let your pup enjoy a treat from the doggie bakery. There is even a farmers market located here in the summer. The park also has an off-leash dog area, however, it is only partially fenced, so make sure you have reliable recall for your pup.
Nearby Boone Park provides a larger park with lush trees, trails, and recreation facilities. This park also has a dog-friendly area. Greenways located along the river and canal include the Manayunk Canal Path with the Manayunk Bridge Trail crossing the river and the Schuylkill River Trail. The pedestrian bridge provides views of the water below and green areas along the waterway.
Other parks and recreation areas with greenways located in Manayunk include Hillside Recreation Center, Leverington Park, Germany Hill and Fairview Park.