Loomis Plaza is not so much a "plaza" as it is a tiny community of single-family homes located between Dr. M.L.King Jr. Blvd and the FEC railroad tracks. Living here puts you within a ten to fifteen-minute drive from some of the finest restaurants in town such as the Cellar Restaurant and the Chart House. On any given day, it shouldn't take any longer to reach the Volusia Mall, the Daytona International Speedway, and the World's Most Famous Beach.
If you are looking for pet supply stores or dog-friendly parks, you will have to go for a drive. But in exchange for having to go for a drive to the things you need, you get weeks of endless sunshine and temperatures in the 90s, perfect for hitting the surf on any day of the week. You also get winters that rarely, if ever, see any signs of snow where daytime temperatures average in the 50s.
The terrain here is mostly older streets that, beyond the odd tree root heave, are pretty flat. Most of the streets in the area lack sidewalks, so be sure you wear light-colored clothing to help motorists see you during the darker hours. Because you are walking on the road instead of a sidewalk, keep a close eye out for debris that could injure your dog's sensitive puppy paws.
Before taking your dog out during the hottest months of the year, make sure the pavement isn't too hot for a stroll. Test the temperature of the space you'll be walking on by placing the back of your hand on the surface. If you can't hold it there for at least ten seconds, you can't ask Ruby to walk on it. This is a great time to start taking your walks early in the morning to avoid any issues with their paws along the way.
There isn't much nearby in the way of green space. The nearest is Live Oak Park, but this is just a small local park with a little bit of grass. Be sure you keep them on a leash and take your own bags with you to clean up any messes.
Alternatively, the Samuel L. Butts Archeological Park is to the southwest. This is the site of an archeological dig in which Butts found the remains of a Wooly Mammoth and hundreds of artifacts from the Timucuan Indians who lived here some 1,500 years ago.
But if the two of you want a green space that will give your leg muscles a workout, head over to the beach! Spanning 23 miles, Daytona Beach offers soft sand that is exceptionally hard to walk in and wet sand that is much easier for the return trip. With the added benefit of being able to play in the water, the beach is the ideal place to wander!