Old City is a vibrant, historic neighborhood just east of Center City in Philadelphia. Its borders are defined by Vine Street to the north, Walnut Street to the south, 7th Street to the west, and the Delaware River to the east. It is one of the most well-established neighborhoods in Philadelphia and it is home to a wide variety of restaurants, art galleries, beer gardens, and local businesses that make it a popular destination among locals and tourists alike.
While Philadelphia is luckily not as chilly or prone to freezing temperatures like other states further north, it still is not quite balmy enough to go around in shorts during the winter. You'll want to prepare for winters with twenty to thirty-degree temperatures. On the other end, summers will be ideal for those who dislike extreme heat, allowing for more mild temperatures that are manageable for most, including your pup.
The terrain in Old City is fairly flat which is a characteristic that could describe most of the Philadelphia area, but there are a few small inclines and hills near the southern and central parts of the neighborhood. However, it is still a very mild place for walking and should be easy for you and your dog to traverse. Though the neighborhood is historic, it is still built-up and its environment is mostly artificial.
This is a very busy area for foot and street traffic in Philadelphia, so it will be best to avoid the major thoroughfares during rush hour. Roads like Chestnut Street, Market Street, and 3rd Street are some of the busiest commercial roads in the area, so it will be better to stick to the residential parts of the neighborhood near Old City’s center for quieter, more peaceful walks with your dog.
There are loads of parks and greenways in and around Old City, making for plenty of great dog walking opportunities. There are several parks and green spaces located around some of the historic buildings on the southwestern side of Old City as you approach the middle of Philadelphia’s downtown. Near the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Portrait Gallery, there are some open green areas and brick sidewalks where you can take your dog to explore. Independence National Park, the lawn in front of the Liberty Bell, is quite large and has plenty of benches, walkways, and open field space.
There is also a small park located near the center of Old City next to Christ Church on N. 2nd Street. The park is simple, with just a plain fenced-in green field and a few benches on its outside, but it is easy to access and convenient to walk to from any location within the boundaries of Old City.