Daytona Highlands is home to Mainland High School, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach, and is right across W. International Speedway Blvd. from Halifax Medical Center. It is also home to a variety of single-family homes, apartments, and multi-student housing facilities. There are plenty of places to eat all along Speedway Blvd. ranging from fast-food chains to fine dining. As for dog-friendly parks, there are several sports fields and large open areas of grass, but if you want an off-leash dog park, you have to drive to one.
The one major drawback to living here is that you are on the east end of the Daytona Beach International Airport where runways 23 East-West and 14 North-South intersect. It can get pretty noisy here! Summers here can also be brutally hot and humid, so make sure that you take your pup out for his walks during the early morning hours to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Like anywhere else in Daytona, the terrain here is quite flat and dull. There is nothing here that is likely to present you with much of a challenge when it comes to taking your dog out for a daily walk. But what the ground lacks in hills to make your walks more challenging, it makes up for in having plenty of blocks for the two of you to walk around.
Give your pup time to sniff around and try walking around different blocks from time to time. Not only will this give them something new to sniff, but it will give you something new to look at. This is a win-win situation for everyone and will help keep both of you interested in getting outside for some exercise.
Remember that if you can't put the back of your hand on the pavement for at least ten seconds, you need to start going for walks earlier in the morning.
There are several sports fields around the University, but they might not be the best place for you and your pup to go walking. However, if you do, be sure to keep them on his leash and carry waste bags with you to clean up.
Living here also puts you within walking distance of Tuscawilla Park. This park was built in 1993 as a disc golf course for the public with multiple water features, ditches, and over 60 pin placement spots. The park is nice and shady and features a nature trail that you can enjoy going for long walks on together.
For something a little more challenging, there is the Tiger Bay State Forest that covers more than 20,000 acres and offers you and the whole family a fantastic place to hike, have picnics, and generally have a great time out in the Florida woods and wetlands.