Cocoa River is a mostly business-focused area of town on the west bank of the Indian River. There are apartments and condos nearby and, further out, residential areas. Despite being in the heart of the city, there are several places nearby where you and your dog can go for walks, including green spaces between Willard Street and West King Street. Both of these streets become the causeway that leads over to Merritt Island and then to Cocoa Beach itself where you and your dog are both welcome during certain times of the day.
For those of you who like to dine out or go out for an evening drink, there are several restaurants and bars within walking distance, all of which are locally owned and operated. The nearest fast-food chain restaurants are in the western part of town. There is even a pet supply store called MYDOGSWAG nearby where you will find most of the supplies you need for your four-legged family member.
For a city center, Cocoa River is not all paved. There are green spaces to be found all around. Traffic in the area, especially along West King and Willard, tends to be bustling from early in the morning until late into the night. It gets worse during the morning and evening rush hours and at times when the many cruise ships that dock in Port Canaveral make berth after a cruise.
All of the streets within the neighborhood have sidewalks for the two of you to use for your daily walks. However, you are likely to run into plenty of pedestrian traffic. This means you need to keep your dog on a short leash for everyone's safety. A much better option would be to take your dog to the three parks at the corner of Harrison and Delannoy. Alternatively, if you have a chance to do so, use the wide swath of grass lining the riverbank on the other side of the causeway.
Most city centers have a park somewhere within them. Here in Cocoa, there are three parks all interconnected together. The first is Taylor Park where your kids can make use of the playground equipment hidden among the shade trees. Follow the brick walkway a little further into the park and you will be in Cocoa Riverfront Park where there is a ton of grass for you and your dog to run around on, but they must be on a leash.
From Cocoa Riverfront Park, there is a wide grass walkway and a boardwalk that take you to Lee Wenner Park, which is mainly a large parking lot made for those using the public boat ramps. However, there is also a lot of grass and a walkway along the riverfront. These three parks make a great place to take the whole family, including the furry one with the waggly tail.