One of the great things about Philly is that you don't have to travel far to take your pups for an adventure. Last weekend we took our own dog Jax to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for a wander around the wetlands as signs of Spring were starting to emerge. We saw loads of turtles, birds and even a few fish jump right out of the water. Even though the parking lot was packed (it was the first warm weekend of the Spring), there are enough miles of trails that we didn't feel like we were right on top of other hikers/fishers/birdwatchers/dog walkers. Jax loved sniffing the trails and was happy to take a break when we stopped for 15 minutes to watch turtles on a log.
ProTip: If you stop in the Visitor's Center they'll lend you binoculars and fishing gear!
Remember: Keep all dogs ON LEASH. This is a wildlife refuge. Be a good ambassador for dogs and their owners so we can enjoy this lovely spot for years to come. John Heinz was the nation's first "urban" wildlife refuge (designated in 1972) and we are so lucky to have this oasis so close to Center City Philadelphia.
Trails are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Aside from the trails there are tons of activities: Conservation talks/programs, canoeing/kayaking trails, fishing, birdwatching, etc. It's absolutely worth a day trip! (Jax approves!)