In 2017, Point Breeze was considered to be one of the hottest neighborhoods in Philly. It's a community of row houses that are packed tightly along streets lined with sidewalks for you and Fido to go for walks along. Living here, however, means having to drive to find decent restaurants and the same applies to finding pet supply stores and parks where the two of you might be welcome. There are a few community parks in the area where you can find a little grass for you and Fido to go playing along.
Like most of Philly, winters here can be a little on the harsh side with temperatures hovering at or below the freezing mark for days on end and more than a bit of snow falling to make commuting to work challenging on the average winter day. During the summer months, you get a reprieve with temperatures in the 80s and the occasional rain storm.
Philadelphia just doesn't have much in the way of challenging terrain. Most of the city, including Point Breeze, is flat. There are a few rolling hills in some areas, but not here in Point Breeze! The terrain is flat and filled with block after block of row houses and paved surfaces. However, this doesn’t mean you can't make your strolls more interesting! In fact, keep in mind that dogs use their noses to investigate where they are going more than their eyes. This means you need to find new blocks to walk around, directions to go, and anything else you can find to keep things stimulating.
The more you can do to keep things interesting for both of you, the more likely you are to go hiking as often as you can. Make sure you give your dog's paws plenty of time to toughen up before you try going longer distances.
For immediate access to green space, there are a couple of community parks, but they only offer limited space to run around on. If you don't mind taking your pup for a car ride, you are only a short drive from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park to the south. This park covers almost 350 acres and includes a 146-acre golf course. The rest of the park offers walking paths, athletic fields, picnic areas, places to play, and series of ponds and lagoons for you to try your luck with a fishing rod.
According to historians, the ponds and lake are all that remains of a channeling system and tidal marsh that once covered the entire area between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. The park is a great place to bring your whole family for a fun day in the summer sun with a picnic and plenty of places to get your exercise in.