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Dog Areas in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has a solid foundation of history, culture, and art, which draws people in every year. Over 39 million visitors came to the city in 2013 alone, and more than a few canine friends came with them, enjoying the sights that Philadelphia has to offer alongside their human families.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains several historical sites, including the Fairmount Park Historic Houses and the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Franklin Square is one of the five public squares originally laid out by William Penn, and it has transformed into a gathering space for families. With an 18-hole miniature golf course, a classic carousel, and brick walking paths, this park attracts residents and guests alike. Enjoy a picnic with your friends, or take your dog for a walk along the paths.

If you're planning on becoming one with nature, take your pup by the Schuylkill River Trail. This trail meanders for more than beautiful 27 miles alongside the Schuylkill River, stretching from downtown Philadelphia all the way to Valley Forge National Historic Park. The paved path is popular with bicyclists and commuters, but it still offers a quiet alternative for dog walkers who would like to see more of the city at their own unique pace. If you want to socialize with your pup, check out North Third, which is nestled in the Northern Liberties neighborhood which is a distinctly dog-friendly neighborhood hosting dog leash hooks and water bowls for the more than enjoyable outdoor seating area. Don't miss out on the Good Dog Bar, which features a dog-themed restaurant with tons of pictures of dogs on the walls.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

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    Population Density 28,000/sq mi

    #1 Center City

    Center City is absolute perfect dog-walking territory. This collection of city blocks feature tons of historical sites and tourist hotspots. You and your pup can sign up for The Constitutional Walking Tour, where US history meets daily exercise. Leashed dogs on their best behavior are welcome on this 75 minute tour. If less structure is more your thing, head over to Philadelphia by Foot, a location offering various tour lengths all at prices determined by you! These guides are so friendly, they might even offer to hold your furry friend while you check out stores or interesting buildings.
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    Population Density 35,000/sq mi

    #2 Newbold

    If you're looking for fun city outings to go on with your favorite fur buddy, Newbold has you covered. You can start at the Columbus Square Dog Park, where even though the grounds are small, you can tire your pup out with some off-leash fun! The ground is covered in pea gravel for easy-on-the-paws play. This park also has benches for owners to sit back and enjoy watching their dog socialize and explore. After some romping around with your canine companion, you both are invited to check out The Bottle Shop, a wine and beer shop self-described as being super dog-friendly. Dog and man are welcome inside to relax, and two legged guests are also encouraged to enjoy the many craft beers kept in this little store.
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    Population Density 40,700/sq mi
    Queen Village is a great spot for both people and dogs! The Mario Lanza Dog Park is a splendid place to take your four-legged buddy for some off-leash fun. With the benches, trees, picnic tables, and gardens that this park has, who wouldn't want to stop in for some barkin’ good times? Philly Aids Thrift is a second hand store not far away that is anything but average. Dogs are allowed to peruse eclectic clothing with their owners  at this quirky not-for-profit shop. Bicycle Revolutions is a very dog-friendly bike shop that often has their very own canine representative out on the floor. With all these puptastic places to visit, day in Queen Village is sure to be filled with fun.
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    Population Density 20,820/sq mi

    #4 Schuylkill

    Schuylkill is an area known for the river of the same name that runs through Philadelphia. Beside this river, beautiful parks are waiting for you and your canine buddy to discover. The Schuylkill River Park is a set of lovely, elevated walking trails and lush greenery that leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy. A little ways up from​ the official park likes a ter-ruff-ic dog park, complete with all the amenities that Fido could desire. The ground is covered with AstroTurf, so you never need worry about muddy paws in this dog run. There is a section for big dogs, and one for smaller ones to keep play fair. There is water for drinking and a hose to clean your pooch if he's looking a bit dirty. Taking things one step further, the park provides biodegradable poop bags so that you can be kind to the environment while you clean up after your fur-baby!
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    Population Density 10,130/sq mi

    #5 Washington Square West

    If you're looking for extra cool doggy-themed activities, Washington Square West is the place for you! This area is home to Seger Dog Park, a fully fenced-in, beautifully manicured space for pooches of all sizes! The space offers trees, benches, waste bins, and wood shavings for ground cover. You do need to purchase an annual membership to enter, which helps keep the park clean. For an experience like no other, take your pup to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a permanent art installation showcasing the work of Isaiah Zeger. Dogs and their humans are welcome to explore the indoor and outdoor mosaic structures, or take a stroll through the sculpture garden, over half a block in length!
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    Population Density 2,604/sq mi

    #6 Downtown


    If you’re willing to drive about thirty minutes west of Adelphi to West Des Moines, your pooch will sure to bark his praises! Not only is Raccoon River Dog Park’s name fun to say, it’ll also be a great time for your dog. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park spans 12 acres, providing plenty of room for your dog to run off any excess energy he may have. There are separate sections of the park: one for larger dogs, and another for smaller or shyer dogs. A permit is required to use the park, so check with local authorities before heading over.

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    Population Density 1,872/sq mi

    #7 East Village


    Twenty minutes west of Adelphi is Des Moines’s East Village neighborhood, which is full of things for your and your pooch to do together. Grab a bite to eat at Scenic Route Bakery, which serves up delicious sandwiches and homemade sweet treats – there might even be an option for Fido. Outdoor seating is limited, and that’s where you’ll need to be if you want Fido to join you; the restaurant recommends giving them a call before heading over. A leash is required. On Saturdays, head over to the Des Moines Farmers’ Market to grab some locally-grown produce, and bring your pup with you!

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    Population Density 1,550/sq mi

    #8 South Des Moines


    In the southern part of the city of Des Moines, located 20 minutes away from Adelphi, you’ll find the Des Moines Trails, and your pooch won’t be the only one to enjoy this new place to walk! Fido can join you, but a leash is mandatory, and you’ll need to bring your own bags to clean up any accidents. You might want to bring a camera, too; locals hail some of the scenic views this trail offers. So grab your walking shoes, Fido’s leash, and plenty of water; this trail is sure to be a pawesome time!

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    Population Density 117/sq mi

    #9 Downtown


    Downtown Indianola, which is about 30 minutes south of Adelphi, is the place to be if you and your dog want to explore a new trail. Just off of Main Street is an access point for not one but three trails: the McVay Trail, the Summerset Trail, and the Jerry Kelley Trail. Your dog is welcome to join you on any of these trails; just make sure he stays on a leash at all times. Parking is available just outside the access point, as if a shelter with vending machines, allowing you to stock up on water for both you and your pooch.

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    Population Density 65/sq mi

    #10 North Knoxville


    If you and your dog enjoy going for hikes, consider driving about forty-five minutes southwest to Knoxville, where you’ll find access to Lake Red Rock. While Fido unfortunately isn’t allowed to swim in the swimming area of the park, he can join you on the trail, which is hailed for its beautiful scenery and local wildlife. Make sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pet, and remember to bring your pup’s leash; one is required at all times. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring a tent and set up camp for the night, or venture into the nearby town of Pella.

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