Mainland covers a large area of the city between W. International Speedway Boulevard to the south and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard to the north.
Most of the homes in this area are modest single-family residences with large yards close to Bethune Cookman University. There are many benefits to living here, starting with the fact that you are close to just about anything you could possibly want! From the finest restaurants in town to great places to shop such as the Volusia Mall and the beach sitting only ten to fifteen minutes from your home.
For those of you who love the sun, summers in Mainland are hot and humid with temperatures in the 90s and humidity to match, perfect for spending your days on the beach with your pup as long as you take your walks in the morning before things start heating up!
The terrain in Mainland is a little unusual. While it is still a residential community, the homes here have huge yards! Walking with your pup means taking to the rough sidewalks running through the neighborhood and those nearby.
How do you make this type of terrain fun and challenging? It's not that hard. You just have to put your thinking cap on! Try using the various blocks to create a series of random routes for your walks. Remember, when you don't have hills to walk up and down, the next best thing is distance. Start with a few blocks at first to give your pup's paws time to toughen up and get used to walking on the rough surfaces of the pavement. Just remember to keep a close eye on those paws for any signs of damage or injury. The earlier you catch the problem, the easier it will be to deal with!
While there may not be much in the way of green space beyond the huge yards in the immediate vicinity, you are only a short drive or a long walk from Riverside Park and the walkway running from Main Street all the way down to Orange Avenue. Thanks to the paved walkway that runs the length of the park, you and Fido can log some serious miles. Better yet, you can walk on the paved surface while your pooch walks on the grass, keeping their feet nice and cool.
Along the way, there is an island park that you can reach using a footbridge and then enjoy walking along the trail while looking at the boats cruising by on the water. As an added benefit, you can both stop and play in the grass along the way. Just make sure you pack lots of water for both of you to help avoid dehydration!