The homes in Suburb Royal tend to be mostly midsize single-family homes, many of which date back to the roaring 20s. It is a lovely neighborhood for those interested in finding an affordable home in which to raise a family. There are numerous restaurants and stores in the vicinity, along with several pet stores and dog-friendly parks for you to check out. One very important thing you need to keep in mind is that, like most of the residential areas of Tampa, there are few sidewalks in Suburb Royal to walk on so care is definitely needed if you plan to take your pup out for the day. Reflective leashes, collars, and clothing are highly recommended if you plan to go walking at night or in the early morning hours. Despite this, the climate here is spectacular with winter temperatures in the 60 to 70-degree range and summers in the 80 to 90-degree range.
Beyond where the land slopes down to the Hillsborough River, the terrain in Suburb Royal is much like a game board: flat and unexciting. The good news is that there are plenty of residential blocks in the area to walk around. Take your time, choose different routes, and visit either Plymouth Park or Plymouth Playground with your pooch. There is enough space in either of these parks to let them run around on their leash.
When the temperature outside reaches highs of over 90 degrees, it can turn the sidewalks and streets into the equivalent of hot lava to the pads on your pup's paws. Even a few minutes of walking on hot surfaces like these can severely burn and damage sensitive feet. You can avoid having this happen by taking your dog out for a walk in the early morning hours to let the sidewalks reach an optimum temperature for a stroll.
Like many communities in Tampa, Suburb Royal depends on other neighboring communities for green space and parks. Although the yards are generous and the streets are tree-lined in parts, you do have to travel to Riverside Heights to find Plymouth Park where you can run around with your dog as long as you keep them on a leash. However, a few miles to the southeast on N. Highland Ave, you will find Queenie's Dog Park at Waterworks Park. To help keep the park clean, artificial rather than real grass is used. Both large and small dogs mingle together in this relatively small dog park, which may not be the best choice if your smaller dog is not comfortable around bigger dogs. Of course, you can say the same thing about big dogs who do not do well around smaller, noisier breeds. There is a water fountain to ensure your pooch stays hydrated while at play.