Susan Marie Terrace is an older part of Tampa that features affordable single-family homes. With average property taxes of around $1,700, it also has one of the more affordable tax bases in the city. The neighborhood is relatively small with only a few houses, but if you like Cuban food, there is a Cuban café within walking distance along with several other restaurants and businesses in a strip mall to the south. As for dog parks and pet supply stores, you will need to drive to find them. There are several dog-friendly parks over on the Palmetto Beach peninsula that are worth checking out.
The weather here is very dog-walking friendly with winter highs in the low 70s and summer highs in the 85 to 95-degree range. One concern worth keeping in mind is that summer also means the rainy season with thunderstorms that occur almost daily, so be sure you take your umbrella with you.
Like most of Tampa, the Terrain in Susan Marie Terrace is about as flat as you are liable to find anywhere with the exception of maybe Kansas, and that is not a sure bet. But this also doesn’t mean you and your pup can't still get in plenty of exercise. The big thing to remember when all you have to work with is flat ground is that you have to come up with imaginative ways to get the exercise you need. One recommendation is to try taking different routes each day. Alternatively, you can cruise up to Takomah Trails Park where you will find a lovely small park with a short trail for the two of you to hike along. There is also a beautiful lake sitting in the woods with a boardwalk to take you there. It's a great way to get in touch with Mother Nature and relax for a little while!
Susan Marie Terrace is landlocked without much in the way of green space beyond the yards and trees. If you want green spaces for the two of you to enjoy, you need to get into your car and take a little drive. The best place to visit with your pup is Rowlett Park where you will also find Rowlett Dog Park. The dog park is separate from the central park and is further sub-divided into a dry park and a wet park. The wet park is located on the beach so your pup can run along the sand and in the water, both of which are considered to be good for your pup's health. Of course, they can also stay in the dry park and get plenty of exercise playing with friends old and new. The park offers loads of shade, picnic tables, and obstacles to challenge your pup and add to their daily exercise routine.