Ocean Woods is a large neighborhood of townhomes and single-family houses settled close to the northern edge of town. The area is broken down into multiple cul-de-sacs with plenty of shade trees to help keep the intense Florida sun at bay. The community park offers a pair of tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a basketball half court for the residents to use. There are even handball courts and shuffleboard, but, unfortunately, no room for your dog to run around.
Living this far north in Cape Canaveral means having to drive to find essential amenities such as grocery stores and places to buy the things your family needs, like dog food. You can go south on North Atlantic Avenue and it will take you to the central shopping district in Cape Canaveral. Alternatively, you can take A1A over to Merritt Island where there is one of two Walmart Supercenters in the area.
The only reason for anyone to be driving through the neighborhood is if they live in the area or are visiting someone. You will have only occasional traffic coming through that can make walking your dog a bit more challenging, especially since there aren't any sidewalks. Luckily, the shade trees make strolling through with your dog a relatively comfortable experience, but extra care must be taken as you wander up and down the roadways.
You may also run into a moderate amount of pedestrian traffic during the day. Some will be kids at play and others will be people heading to the beach or coming back. The flat terrain of the area makes it fairly easy for both you and other pedestrians to get around. Providing your dog has been socialized, this is good for both your pup and those who want to explore the neighborhood alongside you.
Cherie Park is a three-minute drive south on Ridgewood Avenue and offers a vast area of grass for you and your dog to run about on. There is plenty of parking and direct access to the beach for the non-canine members of your family. Unfortunately, pups are not allowed on the beaches in Cape Canaveral and there is a significant fine if you get caught.
If your dog likes running around without a leash, then you can take them on the 5-mile drive south to the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park. In combination with the Lori Wilson Park, both areas cover 20 acres. The dog park measures 32,000 square feet of enclosed space with separate sections for large and small dogs. Along with hoses in each area to provide drinking water for the dogs, there is an additional hose in the entrance for rinsing them off at the end of the day, making it a great place to hang out.