Madsen Court is a single block of older homes in the Southeast Seminole Heights area of Tampa. The homes here are older and the community is well established and well-kept. But the one thing missing from this neighborhood is sidewalks. You and your dog are going to have to be happy walking on the streets so be sure to wear reflective clothing if you plan to walk in the early morning hours or at night. Both dog parks and pet stores are not particularly close and you will have to drive to find them. When it comes to eateries, however, there is are excellent choices all along Hillsborough Drive to the north.
The best season of the year to walk your pup is from late fall until early spring. If you decide to go for a walk during warmer months, you should restrict your walks to early morning or later in the evening when the pavement is cooler.
The terrain here is much like the rest of the Greater Tampa area in that it is flat with plenty of shade trees. However, just because the area is level doesn’t mean you and Fido can't still get plenty of exercise. You just have to learn how to be creative in how and where you go walking. The best way to maximize your walks is to vary the direction you take as you leave your yard, change the time of day when you venture out, and change the pace at which you walk. Beyond this, your next best bet is to cruise over to one of the nearby parks with trails for you to walk along and plenty of grass for the two of you to play around on. Keep in mind that since the terrain here is mostly pavement, once the ambient temperature reaches above 75 degrees, the sidewalk can become very hot.
Madsen Court is 'greenspace locked'. In other words, you are going to have to drive if you want to find grassy areas for the two of you to enjoy. One of the nearest parks is Ragan Park south of the neighborhood on East Lake Ave. Sitting behind the Ragan Park Community Center, there is plenty of grass for the two of you to play around on and a paved trail that goes around the park to walk on.
If both of you are looking for terrain that is a little more challenging, you may want to take a cruise up north to Lettuce Lake Park or the Lower Hillsborough Wildlife Preserve where you can enjoy strolling along miles of trails, levees, and more. You never know what local species you might see on any given day. Both of these areas offer you plenty of opportunities to log a few miles of serious hiking on a regular basis.