The neighborhood of Shaws is nestled between Indian River Road to the east and Forrest Avenue to the west. The majority of homes in the area are condominiums and a few single-family homes. While there is plenty of paving in the form of parking lots around the condos, there is an abundance of green in the form of lawns around the houses and condos for you and your dog to enjoy running around on.
When it comes to finding supplies for your pooch, you can walk to a pet supply store called MYDOGSWAG. This store is dedicated to having everything you need for your favorite furry critter!
There are several parks nearby, including the three on the riverbank to the south of the causeway. However, at the same time, you can walk along the riverbank to the east for as many miles as the two of you can handle.
Shaws is a blend of large lawns and paved parking lots for the condos. Unfortunately, this is a bustling area with Forrest Avenue being a connector from Florida Avenue to US-1. Traffic can be hectic during the daytime, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
The good news is that you and your dog have no need for the roads around you as they don't have sidewalks anyway. Immediately to the east is Indian River Road and, on the other side, a broad area of grass running along the riverbank for the two of you make good use of. You can walk from your home for miles to the north and never have to touch pavement! It's a nice walk, especially with how flat the terrain is, and you'll get to watch the boats cruising the waters of the Indian River. Try getting out early in the morning when the air is fresh and cool.
If it's a park you're looking for, there are three on the south side of the causeway over to Merritt Island and, from there, to the beach. Between Taylor, Cocoa Riverfront, and Lee Wenner Parks, there is a playground where your kids can have fun in the shade, lots of grass for you and your dog to run about on, and walkways along the riverfront. The two of you can walk to these parks in around ten minutes or a little longer if you take your time!
For those looking for a hike that is a little more challenging, take the short car ride to the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary. While finding somewhere to park can be difficult, the trail along the top of the waterway provides a beautiful place to take your pup for long walks. There are several man made lagoons hemmed in by levees. Their purpose is mosquito control, but they also make for a great place to go hiking with your favorite furball.