Nicetown-Tioga is a combination of two older communities, but over the years, the distinction between the two has faded. Most of the streets here feature sidewalks and grassy berms for the two of you to go walking along. There are a number of restaurants in the area that are more than worth checking out. But if you want a dog park or pet supply store, you have no choice but to put your dog in the car and take a drive.
Summer is the best time of year to go walking on the streets and the community is relatively quiet and safe. The summer weather is nothing less than spectacular with temperatures hanging around in the low 80s, plenty of sunshine, and only the occasional rainy day. Winters, on the other hand, can be pretty rough with temperatures that stay below freezing for days on end and plenty of snow for the two of you to play in.
The terrain in Nicetown-Tioga and the nearby area is paved and level, which could make for some pretty tough walks. The rough surface of the cement can be very hard on the pads of your pup's paws. If the two of you don't have a lot of time invested in walking on cement, you need to start out nice and slow before you get too carried away. It won't take you long and the calluses will build up on your pup's paws relatively quickly.
Once you reach this point, the only other thing you have to worry about is the temperature of the pavement during the summer months as it can become hot enough to burn sensitive paws. If you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for at least ten seconds, you should not expect your dog to walk on it. Exercise caution during these hotter times of day.
When it comes to greenways in Nicetown-Tioga, there are several small parks in the area and a number of vacant lots. However, since most of the vacant lots are still private property, you should probably avoid them. The good news is that you are very close to Wissahickon Creek where you and your pup can spend hours hiking the many trails within the park or follow the trail along the creek into the Cresheim Valley and further on to the Wissahickon Valley Park.
The park offers more than 50 miles of trails for the two of you to enjoy exploring. The creek is kept freshly stocked with trout and makes the perfect place to take a walk in the park and to enjoy a quick meal at the Valley Green Inn where you can try historic new American dining.
Blue Bell Park offers a softball field, picnic tables, and trails for you and your pup to explore together.