Shoemaker is a neighborhood
of single-family homes sitting on the side of a small man-made lake just off N. Nova Rd. There are shopping centers nearby
and large areas of grass where you and Fido might be able to get in a little
play time. There are a number of fast-food
restaurants nearby, but if you want
anything a little fancier, you will have to head to nearby neighborhoods.
Beyond a few small parks in the area, there isn't much space to get in some serious exercise. Fortunately, the Daytona Beach area is home to a number of large state parks, wildlife management areas, and the beach. You can take your pup out walking most days of the year if you don't mind a little rain. January is the coldest month of the year, but even then, the temperatures are in the upper 40s and lower 50s, making it ideal for going out for long walks.
The terrain here is much like you might expect to find in the Greater Daytona area. The land is flat and filled with residential zones. Although this might not seem much like an interesting place to take walks, you do have plenty of sidewalks going all throughout the area and a small man-made lake complete with a walking trail to enjoy.
The best way to make the most of urban terrain is to find new routes to walk around, new blocks to check out, and to let your walks take you in as many different directions as you can. No one ever said you had to stick to a routine! In fact, Fido and their nose are sure to appreciate as much variety as you can build into your walks.
Remember, during the summer months, the pavement will be hot enough to cause some discomfort and burns to sensitive puppy paws. Protect them with doggy boots or go out earlier in the day.
There are several small parks in the area and the lake is there to explore. The nearest areas of grass tend to be empty lots, but you should not take your walks here as they are still private property.
Luckily, you are only a short drive from one of the largest green spaces in the area, The Tiger Bay State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Here, you will find over 30,000 acres of true Florida forest. There are miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails running throughout the cypress swamps and pine-palmettos for the two of you or your whole family to explore. See how many of the 160 different species of birds you can find! Maybe you can even spot a black bear or two. Beware of the gators here as they are not tame and can present a significant danger to visitors and their pets. Be aware of your surroundings at all times!