Historic Westside includes, not only a large number of residential communities, but also a selection of restaurants, shops, and a small park. Whether you are looking for a pet supply store, a Walmart, a variety of restaurants, or just about anything else you could want or need, you'll find it close by. Even the beach is only 15 minutes to the east!
Living here not only puts you within driving distance of the coastal waters, but of several parks, wildlife management areas, and preserves where you and your pooch can go for walks. Many of these areas have dense woods where you can stroll under the shade trees and get out of the burning Florida sunshine. Of course, the forests will also help keep the chilly winter breezes at bay during the cooler months of the year, but Florida weather will rarely dip into the realm of "too cold."
The terrain in Historic Westside depends highly on where you live. In some areas, the only time you are likely to deal with heavy traffic is in the morning and evening rush hours. In other areas, you are more likely to encounter heavy traffic all day long and well into the evening.
You are far more likely to encounter heavy pedestrian traffic in the business areas than out in the residential areas. The best way to find a good time of day to go for walks is to spend a few days walking at different times. This will give you time to determine when traffic is heavy and when it isn't. You can then plan your walks for those times when traffic is at its lightest!
Many of the areas have sidewalks for the two of you to use, so you don't have to use the streets to walk on, making things more dangerous than they need to be.
Within the boundaries of Historic Westside, there is only one tiny park. Pettis Park offers 4 acres of grass, tennis courts, a picnic area, and basketball hoops. To the north is the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course that is open to the public, but not to your dog.
If you are looking for a larger place to go for walks with your dog, Spruce Creek Preserve is only a short drive away and offers over 1,600 acres of forests and wildlands filled with trails for you and your pooch to hike along. You can use the trails to hike all the way to Rose Bay if you have the energy or simply enjoy a walk along the various shady trails. Either way, it's a great place to go walking and get out of the scorching Florida summer sun. There is even an observation tower that lets you look out over the miles of swamps!