Rittenhouse Square is one of the original five squares that the city of Philadelphia's founding father planned at the end of the 17th century. Today, Rittenhouse extends out from the original square and includes a number of luxury high-rise apartments, condos, and single-family homes. The most prominent feature is the namesake park in the center of the community. Rittenhouse offers some of the best fine dining experiences in the city along with a large number of luxury retailer stores. You can visit the Mutter Museum filled with medical history. Most of the blocks here are lined with wide sidewalks for you to walk along.
Summer is a great time for long walks and spending time in the Rittenhouse Square Park or the Schuylkill River Park with temperatures in the 80s and plenty of sunshine. Winters here are another story. Temperatures can average below freezing for weeks at a time with plenty of snow and ice to deal with.
Rittenhouse is built on level ground which, in and of itself, isn't likely to present much of a challenge for either you or your pup when it comes to going for walks. Yet, you might be surprised at how easy it is to find ways to add excitement and challenge to your daily strolls. The area is laid out grid-style, all you have to do is try going around different blocks every day. Since the neighborhood is relatively large, it shouldn't be hard to change directions and walk enough different blocks to keep your walks interesting for a very long time.
Once you and your pup are up to the task, you can head over to the river. You can take the Schuylkill River Trail for miles up and down the water's edge. Although it's a paved trail, walking along the river on a warm summer's day can be a wonderful experience for both of you.
The most significant green space in the community is Rittenhouse Square with its diagonal walkways, classical urns, "Greek" statues, shade trees, and acres of grass. The square also has a reflection pool and plenty of park benches for you to relax on while your pooch plays on the grass or cools off in the shade.
Over on the riverside is the Schuylkill River Park with plenty of grass to play on and trails that take you to the Markwood Playground and the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden. The Schuylkill River Trail runs right through the park and all along the river.
Just to the north is Schuylkill Banks, a great place to go for a run with a spectacular view of the river and the city skyline. If this still isn't enough green space, just on the other side of the river is Penn Park with sports fields and even more space for the two of you to enjoy.