Bethune College Park is a small community of single-family homes just to the west of the Bethune Cookman University. It sits between Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard to the north and Oak Street to the south. With the university nearby, this area can be a little busy and noisy when school is in. But at the same time, living here puts you close to the center of the action.
Daytona Beach is home to a fabulous selection of places to eat ranging from fast-food to family and fine dining. All of these and more are within a short drive of your home, as are pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks.
You will love the summers here with temperatures in the 90s, the occasional rainstorm, and endless blue skies. However, keep in mind that your pup doesn't sweat like a human being, so during the hotter months of the year, take your walks in the early morning hours.
Living in Bethune College Park means living in a semi-suburban area where most of the ground is flat for as far as the eye can see. There are a couple of small vacant lots nearby you can get away with walking your pup on as long as you clean up after them. Beyond this, you will need to be creative if you want your walks to be fun.
This is a mostly residential area giving you plenty of blocks to walk around. The best way to make use of terrain like this is to try going around it in different directions, choose different blocks to explore every day, or hop in the car and go out to the beach. The more ways you can find to keep your walks interesting, the less likely either of you is to become bored and start trying to shortchange yourself or not even go walking at all.
Beyond the vacant lots, there isn't much green space close by. This leaves you with only one option: you and your dog will simply have to hop in the car and go for a ride!
If you are going to go for a ride, why not go all the way inland to the 400,000 acres of the Ocala National Forest? In this park, you and your pup can hike over 219 miles of trails through an amazing ecosystem consisting of springs, biomes, and endangered fauna and flora.
The Ocala National Forest is the oldest National Forest on this side of the Mighty Mississippi River. Along with miles of trails, you can canoe in the many lakes, go bike riding, horseback riding, or disappear deep into the woods to find "Blue Sink," a naturally occurring spring that is perfect for swimming, camping, or sitting and meditating while your pooch relaxes in the shade.