Mount Airy is a beautifully blended community of apartments, single-family homes, and row houses. Along with this, you get a touch of old Philly in the number of mom n' pop style stores. When it comes to finding good places to eat, there are plenty to choose from along Germantown Ave., each offering a taste of cultural cuisines from around the globe. While all of this sounds great, if you need more dog food or want a dog park, the only option you have is to hop in your car and take a short drive.
Spring and fall in Mount Airy are the best times of year to go walking as the temperatures are mild and the trees in the park are either just leafing out or displaying all of their autumn splendor. Summers can be harsh as the pavement gets hot enough to be uncomfortable, but as long as you stick to walking in the morning, this shouldn't be a problem.
The terrain within the residential area is mostly paved with a few gently rolling hills that belie the name, Mount Airy. Despite this, you can still get in plenty of good healthy exercise. Flat territory is perfect for teaching new pups to walk with you or to start walking those extra pounds off. It is also great for endurance training with an active dog and for an active dog's owner.
Keep in mind that dogs use their nose to explore with, so be sure you try going in different directions and around different blocks. Not only will this keep your pup's nose interested but it will give you a variety of scenery to look at on your daily stroll! Make sure that you give your dog's paws pads enough time to grow a thick layer of callus so that they can walk on the pavement without the risk of serious injury.
Within the boundaries of Mount Airy, there are several small parks with just enough grass for your dog to walk on and take care of business. Mount Airy is also home to the Awbury Arboretum, the Awbury Agricultural Village, and Awbury Park where you will find trails and grass for both of you to enjoy.
However, if you are looking for something a little more challenging, you don't have far to go. The Wissahickon Valley Park to the southwest of the neighborhood offers over 1,800 acres of prime grass and woods for the two of you to explore. The park runs along both sides of the Wissahickon Creek with trails running along both sides. Along the way, as you hike the trails, you will pass through meadows, sports fields, and through the Wissahickon Valley Gorge as the creek drops over 100 feet in elevation while it winds its way to the Schuylkill River.