The Long Point Townhouses sit along Astronaut Boulevard, across the street from Patriots Park Cape Canaveral at the corner of Long Point Road. The townhouses themselves are buried in a heavily treed lot, which helps in keeping things a little cooler. However, the main reason behind the barriers of trees is more likely to help block a bit of the traffic noise from Astronaut Boulevard that never seems to slow down much.
Along with being one of the two main access roads to the cruise line ports, the southern part of Astronaut Boulevard where it goes into Cocoa Beach is the main shopping district on the peninsula. While many of the shops here are small and geared more towards tourism, you will also find a Publix Supermarket, a CVS, a plethora of restaurants, and many other options. Over on Merritt Island, there is a Walmart Superstore and the Merritt Island Mall for all your shopping needs.
This is a bustling part of town for many reasons. First, Astronaut Boulevard is the main road running north to south in town. Second, there are numerous cruise line parking lots along this stretch of road. This means that there are lots of people coming just to park their cars and then catch one of the many shuttle buses that run virtually 24/7. With the area being flat and easy to navigate, most people will find their way in this direction.
All of these factors can make it very difficult
to find a quiet time to take your dog for a walk. However, unless you are willing to
take your dog for a car ride each time, you'll want to work with them and give them time to adjust. A short leash is required along
with lots of patience. A better choice would be to cross over
North Atlantic Avenue and take your dog walking in the nearby residential areas.
All city parks are open to dogs on a leash by city ordinance, which helps since they are not allowed on the beach. Five minutes to the north is Banana River Park and Manatee Sanctuary Park. Both offer vast areas of grass for you and your pooch to run around on and they also offer a great view out over the river where you can watch the boats sail by.
If you and your dog need a little more space, Kings Park is only a twenty-minute drive over on Merritt Island. The park opens at 7AM and doesn’t close until dark, covering over 240 acres. Inside the park is a large man made freshwater lake, numerous streams, and plenty of trails for you and your dog to explore. You can see dozens of different wading birds, migratory songbirds, and large hawks who make their homes here at different times of the year.