South Main is located on the south side of Houston, Texas, about a 20-minute commute from Houston's downtown core. There are many local businesses in the area, mostly concentrated on the north side and along the west side thoroughfare. Services in the area that are within walking distance include fast food, restaurants, motels, pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience shops, however, walkability is impeded by service roads, traffic, and main freeways in the commercial areas. Dog owners will find a large chain pet store and veterinarian on the north side commercial area.
Houston has a warm climate and pedestrians and pets enjoy warm weather all year, even in winter months. Summer temperatures can be extremely hot and you may need to adjust your schedule to take your dog out for walks at cooler times of the day. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in warmer months and flash flooding may accompany these systems. Take shelter when severe storms approach.
South Main is an irregular shaped neighborhood bordered by Highway 90 on the west side, North Holmes Road on the south side, and Almeda Road and Kirby Drive on its east side. There are a variety of homes in the area which include apartment and condominium complexes and some single-family detached dwellings.
A large undeveloped natural area is situated on the south side of the district around Buffalo Speedway and Holmes Road. The north side is highly commercial with shopping areas and the east side has light industrial and commercial activity. A sports stadium is situated north of South Main and parking lots for this venue are situated on the north side.
The South Loop West freeway runs through the neighborhood and can only be crossed on pedestrian ways that run along streets running under or over the freeway. The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills in the region. Sidewalks are prevalent on the streets and provide safe walkways for people and pets.
The Willow Waterhole Greenspace is located a short distance to the southwest of South Main. This 290-acre green space is laced with ponds and walking trails and dogs are allowed to access this wetland and wildlife preserve as long as they remain on a leash. This is a passive recreation park with seating and gazebos. Because the greenway has several ponds and is designed to limit flooding to adjacent neighborhoods, you should use caution after heavy rain.
If you are looking for a nearby dog park, check out the Officer Lucy Dog Park which is a 10-minute drive to the northwest. This popular local dog park has a grass turf surface and separate areas for large and small dogs. It is open from 5AM to 9:30PM and has some shade and seating areas for people. There are also waste stations, doggie wading pools, and a doggie water fountain in the park which is fully enclosed.