The intersection of North Atlantic Avenue and Meade Avenue is a busy place with numerous businesses, retail stores, and places to eat nearby. Along with this, there are a number of condos and townhouse communities close to the intersection. Whether you live here year-round or are a visitor, it’s always nice to know a little about the area and where you can walk your dog.
One block north along this main roadway, there is a Publix supermarket where you can find food and supplies for everyone in your family. In addition, at the east end of Mead Avenue is the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier along with plenty of parking and direct beach access. If you go south on North Atlantic to the West Cocoa Beach Causeway, there are numerous stores, including a Winn-Dixie supermarket and a Bealls Outlet. Continuing west on the causeway will take you to the Merritt Island Walmart and the mall.
Like most intersections along North Atlantic Avenue, this one sees a lot of traffic during the day, with a significant buildup during the morning and evening rush hours. Unless your dog has already become desensitized to the sights, sounds, and smells of heavy traffic, you may want to make use of the smaller, less busy residential roads. Most have sidewalks you can use along the relatively flat terrain, making it easier to get around.
If you can, try to take your walks in the early morning hours. Not only will there be less traffic, but this is the coolest part of the day as the sun will have only just come up. If you do decide to walk along North Atlantic Avenue, the east side has a wide sidewalk that you can use to venture up and down the neighborhood in relative safety. Just keep in mind that you may encounter a few pedestrians in the area.
The best place to start when looking at green spaces to take your dog for walks is with an early morning walk on the beach. Most of the beach is open to dogs during a few select hours in the day. The sand offers a challenge if you hike in the soft stuff, but also offers a gentle stroll together. The varied terrain can make a day trip out to the coast a blessing for a wound-up pup.
If you like to take your pooch somewhere that does not require leashes, the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park is a six-minute drive to the south. The dog park is part of Lori Wilson Park and includes fenced-in areas for large and small dogs. Along with water for thirsty pups, there is plenty of shade to sit under. When your canine companion is done for the day, there is a rinse station you can use to cool them down before heading out for the day!