Parkside is primarily a single-family housing area within driving distance of most of the top restaurants in town. Restaurants are not the only thing, however, as there are several different pet supply stores, great pub and bars, and dog-friendly parks nearby. The beach is only a ten to fifteen-drive to the east and, for those who like to golf, the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course is to the north. Be sure to book your tee time early, or you might not get in.
One of the great things about living here is that you won't find many days when you can't get out and play a round of 18 holes or, for that matter, take your pooch for that all-important daily walk. Summers hover in the mid-to-upper 90s during the day and in the 70s overnight, which helps the paved surfaces cool down so that your pup can walk without the risk of burning their paws.
This is a largely flat suburban area filled with residential blocks that you and your pooch can take advantage of on your daily stroll. While the neighborhood itself is relatively small, you can venture from community to community, experiencing the slight differences of each one.
You'll experience the highway to the south which is an area that should be either avoided or crossed with caution. Traffic can get heavy or too quick to navigate safely, so it's best to keep your walks to the neighborhood streets instead. To the north, east, and west, you'll experience other main roads such as Canal Street and S Myrtle Avenue which can have traffic during the busier parts of the day. Exercise caution in these areas as well.
When all else fails, rely on the streets that have grassy berms on each side of them to provide a safe avenue for your stroll rather than sharing roadways with vehicles.
The nearest park is right on the corner of the community. Myrtle Avenue Park has a small playground, a shady area for picnics, and a few benches. There are several areas of woods around the community, but most are on private property and not ideal walking locations.
If you don't mind taking a bit of a drive, you can head over to the beach and up to Smyrna Dunes Park. This park offers a total of five different ecosystems including riverfront, sandy dunes, the ocean, scrublands, and saltwater marsh. This is also an on-leash dog park where your pooch will be quite welcome. There are nature trails, a dune walkover that is 1.5 miles long, and a beach where you and Fido can play in the water or go for a swim. The park gives you a place to walk while watching the boating activity out on the Halifax River instead of being stuck pounding the pavement in your neighborhood.