Widman Acres is a small single-family home community located on the Hillsborough River just off of Hwy 583. As is typical of most residential areas in this part of the city, there is a distinct lack of sidewalks for you and your pup to go walking on. In fact, the only two streets with sidewalks are Rivermills Dr. and Ridgeway Rd but there are dog-friendly parks within driving distance along with pet supply stores. There is also a mobile vet on the corner of Rivermills and Ridgeway with several restaurants and fast-food chain restaurants in the area that are within walking distance of the community.
The weather in this part of central Florida is mild year-round with winter temperatures typically in the low 70s and summer highs in the high 80s. Keep in mind that summers are often plagued by heavy thundershowers in the afternoon. Be prepared and be sure you bring an umbrella!
Sitting right on the bank of the Hillsborough River, you might think there would be at least a little variation in the terrain. Regrettably, this is not the case as the ground here is very flat and not the most exciting place to go for walks with your dog. When you do, be sure you are wearing bright, reflective clothing to help drivers see you, especially if you walk in the early mornings or late evenings.
The best way for the two of you to get the exercise you need to stay fit and healthy is to take longer walks, vary the directions you travel in, and to try to get in more than one walk per day. Thankfully, there are several dog-friendly parks in the area where you can let your pooch off their leash, allowing them to run around and play with their friends while burning off a lot of excess energy.
Being right next to the Hillsborough River, there are green spaces all around but most are not accessible to you and your pup as they include private riverbank access or private golf clubs.
However, right across N. 56th St. sits Riverside Park. This is a tree-covered play area with a fence that runs around it. You and your pup are welcome to go for walks in the park, but they must be on a leash at all times.
If you don't mind taking your dog for a drive, you can head up north a few miles to Lettuce Lake Park where you, your family, and your pup can enjoy hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, and plenty of space to run around and play in! You can wander the park alone or, on the weekends, the Park Rangers offer a guided tour of the park for only $5. Just remember, 'Please DO NOT feed the gators!'