Columbiad Plaza is a very large area that is home to at least two condominium communities just off of Astronaut Boulevard and close to the port. Port Canaveral houses several cruise lines with multiple ships and, as such, is a very busy place. In fact, all along A1A, you will find vast parking lots provided by the various cruise ship companies for their customers. The neighborhood sits on Long Point where it juts out into the Banana River to the west.
If you like to eat out frequently, you're in luck as there are several eateries this far north, but not much in the way of shopping. For simple things like a grocery store, it’s a few minutes to the south on A1A. Here, you will come across a Publix Supermarket where you can stock up on food for everyone, including the member of your family with the waggly little tail. Further south, you will find more shopping along the West Cocoa Beach Causeway.
Thankfully, all the condo buildings in this neighborhood sit along Columbia Drive on the west side of Astronaut Boulevard. This gives you and your dog somewhere a little safer than along A1A to walk. The only traffic you are likely to see within the community is from those who live here and it is only moderate, at the most.
There are woods on both the north and south sides of Columbiad Plaza where you might find trails for the two of you to explore. These spaces will provide you with some small variations in terrain to keep your strolls a little more interesting. Beyond this, you'll be using the sidewalks along A1A which will require short leash to help keep your dog from darting out into traffic. The feeling of being on a short leash also gives your pup a sense of security that will help them to remain calm during the hustle and bustle.
You do have the wooded areas to the north and south to explore and the condos have manicured lawns the two of you can use, but beyond this, you will have to drive to find a park to visit. All parks within the city are pet-friendly, but the beach is not. Luckily, the parks all have pet waste bag dispensers and special receptacles to put them in. However, they also require that your dog is on a leash within the boundaries of the park.
For more walking space, the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary offers 436 acres of waterways and trails. The main trail runs along the top of the man made waterway and close to the mosquito control lagoons. There are dozens of animals and birds who make their homes here. Some are permanent while others come and go with the seasons, but all are amazing to see. Be careful around the alligators as they are not the most social of the local inhabitants!