Cocoa Commons is home to a vast expanse of woods and the Cocoa Commons shopping center. There are no homes within the marked outline of this area, but to the east, there is a large residential area filled with suburban-style single-family homes. The woods to the south offer you and your dog a chance to follow the trails in the shade for your daily walks.
Living next door to Publix comes in handy when you need groceries, but at the same time, you also live across the street from a Walmart Supercenter and an ALDI's. Each of these stores can provide you with a selection of foods for everyone in your family, including your canine companion. For those of you who like to grab a quick bite, there are a few restaurants nearby and plenty more as you drive south on Clearlake Boulevard. There are even a few drive-thru establishments that you can pop by.
Since Cocoa Commons is a shopping center, the terrain is paved, just like any other parking lot. However, for those who live in the communities next door, they are lucky in that they have sidewalks to enjoy strolls with their playful pooches. These are working family communities, meaning that the two of you are going to be stuck dealing with rush hours along with school buses during the school year.
A short leash should be used when out with your dog to help keep them under control. A much better choice would be to set your alarm for early in the morning before things start getting busy. Not only will there be less traffic, but during the hottest months of the year, this is the only time of day when the temperatures are cool and comfortable. In addition, you should have no problems venturing up or down any hills as there are none in this region!
Even a paved shopping center should have a little green space around it and Cocoa Commons has more than its fair share. Along with the required grass barrier and two small ponds directly behind the Publix, there is acre upon acre of dense woods to the south. You and your pup should have no problem finding or creating your own trails to the lake in the middle. Be aware that there can be any number of wild animals and birds living in the woods and not all of them are friendly.
For a change of pace, why not hop in the car and head over to King's Park on Merritt Island? There is parking at the southern end off of East Hall Road and at the northern end of Chase Hammock Road. Once you're parked and ready to go, take a hike along the George Hamilton Trail. The trail passes several ponds and lakes as it runs through the park from north to south.