Laphams covers the area on both sides of US-1 at the intersection with West King Street. The community is part business and part residential in what can only be described as a bustling part of Cocoa. While there are businesses on all four corners of the intersection, Laphams does have a few homes as well. Living here can be a bit challenging due to the continuous presence of heavy traffic from early in the morning until late into the evening.
One significant advantage to living in this area is that MYDOGSWAG a pet store focusing on dogs, is only a short drive away. For groceries and essentials, you can drive south on US-1 to the nearest Publix or north to the nearest Walmart Superstore. Both have a wide range of essentials, including dog food, if you prefer to shop there rather than in the nearest pet supply store.
You probably could not have picked a busier part of town to live in, let alone take your dog out for walks in! The best thing you can do is restrict your strolls to the sidewalks running through the residential areas. Keep in mind that all roads in this region tend to be very busy during morning and evening rush hours. The sidewalks help by giving the two of you somewhere safe to walk, but the noise produced by the traffic can still be unnerving to your pooch.
The best things you can do for your dog are to keep them on a short leash and to take your walks early in the morning before rush hour when traffic starts to build. This is also the best time of day to go for long walks as the temperature will still be nice and cool, making for more comfortable walks that both of you can enjoy.
The nearest park is on the corner of Stone Street and Washington Avenue. The Joe Lee Smith Rec Center offers a public swimming pool, a children's playground, and an all-grass softball field you should be able to take your dogs for a walk on. To the east on West King Road, there is the combination of Taylor, Cocoa Riverfront, and Lee Wenner Parks. Between the three, there are playgrounds, a civic center, tons of grass, public restrooms, and a boat ramp.
The Barks and Recreation dog park is only five minutes from your home on Pluckebaum Road. The park sits on a vast area of green space with a lake in the middle. You can take your dog for long walks around the water before taking them into the enclosed dog park. There are separate zones for small and large dogs, water fountains, and plenty of shade for everyone to relax under on especially hot days.