The Vineyards is a family-friendly residential community on the west side of I-95 and next door to the Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club. This is a developer-built community filled with cookie-cutter homes, each of which has a modest yard. There are three patches of woods for you and your dog to explore. Sitting back off Taylor Road helps to keep traffic down, ensuring a peaceful place to raise your family.
Despite the peaceful nature of the Vineyards, you are less than five minutes from the shopping center on the other side of the interstate. Here, you will find a Target, a Lowe's, and several other places to shop.
From your home in the Vineyards, there are several parks and nature preserves within driving distance along with the beach. You and your dog can walk for miles in many of them, offering you a great place to spend Sunday mornings.
One of the best things about living in a cul-de-sac neighborhood is the distinct lack of traffic or crazy hills. Fortunately, the developers saw fit to build in sidewalks that run on both sides of the streets throughout the community and the only times of day when there is much congestion is the usual rush hours. The sidewalks will ensure that you stay relatively safe as you stroll around this neighborhood and out of the way of traffic.
The other thing you and your dog must learn to contend with is the number of pedestrians that can definitely be overwhelming, especially on weekends when others like to roam around the area or play in their yards. Opt for some larger park spaces if your pooch is particularly antisocial in order to put some distance between passing pedestrians and you. A short leash could also help with maintaining distance.
There are several large areas of woods in the area where you and your dog might find trails or, at least, space to go walking in the shade without having to go far from home. Along with this, there are a few small man made lakes in the area you can explore to add more variety to your daily walks.
If you want more space, cruise west to Tomoka Farms Road, turn right, and go north to US-92. Going west on this major highway will take you to the Tiger Bay State Forest. The forest is part of the 30,000-acre Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area and is filled with trails for you and your dog to explore. You can hike for miles deep into the WMA where you might see bald eagles swooping down on their prey, a mama black bear and her cubs, or a whitetail deer leaping across the path in front of you.