Plantation Acres is a heavily wooded residential community close to South Nova Road and Dunlawton Avenue. For a next-door neighbor, you can't beat the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens. The dense canopy of trees and nearby botanical gardens give you the sense of being out in the country, despite the fact you are only minutes from the center of town.
Dunlawton Avenue is the main east-west route through town. Further to the west, you can find stores that carry just about anything you and your family might need along with food and supplies for your pup. Along this street, you will also find a selection of chain and local restaurants.
Along with the gardens next door, there are other parks, preserves, and the sandy dunes along the beach for you and your dog to go hiking in, playing in, or hang out in with your entire family while you have a picnic.
Within the community of Plantation Acres, the ground is flat and heavily wooded. The homes here are spread out with plenty of room for you and your dog to go for your daily walks. Like most residential areas of Port Orange, the only times there is heavy traffic on the streets is during the morning and evening rush hours and when the school buses are running.
Beyond these times, the streets stay reasonably quiet and safe for you and your dog to go for long walks. Stay on the sidewalks when they are available, but if you plan to walk on the streets, keep in mind that the shade you enjoy is the same shade that can make you and your dog hard to see from the driver's seat, especially during the evening hours. Wearing something reflective while walking against the traffic is the best way to avoid being in an accident at any time of the night or day.
Next door is the Dunlawton Spring Mill Gardens, where there are carefully maintained botanical gardens to enjoy, nature trails to walk along, and the ruins of a 19th Century plantation and sugar mill. This large park enjoys a dense canopy of shade trees where you and your dog can take cool walks during the hottest days of the summer.
A little to the north is the vast open area of grass better known as Reed Canal Park. Along with plenty of grass for you and your pup to run around on and play, there are trails to follow, a lake to walk around, and a small area of woods to wander around in.
If you want to take your dog somewhere to play off-leash, the Seemore Memorial Dog Park features large fenced-in areas for both small and large breeds. Each section has a watering station and benches in the shade for you to sit on while your dog runs around playing.