Robert McConnell is a residential neighborhood just north of E 3rd Avenue over on the beachside peninsula. Living here puts you a short two blocks from the coast where you and your dog can spend countless hours wandering the sands looking for seashells and swimming in the water. It's an excellent place for both of you to get in your daily exercise!
E 3rd Avenue is only a block to the south and offers several outstanding places to eat, a selection of bars, and a grocery store where you can stock up the pantry and choose from a wide selection of name brand dog foods to keep your pup well-fed. Of course, if you want to go back over to the mainland side of town, E 3rd Avenue turns into the South Causeway that takes you over the Indian River North and into the heart of town and all points west.
E 3rd Avenue to the south is a very busy highway that feeds the entire east coast of Florida. You can expect traffic to be at its heaviest during rush hours, but it remains steady from early morning until very late at night. As long as your dog is not bothered by heavy traffic both vehicular and pedestrian, you can use the sidewalks to walk along the avenue.
The residential area tends to be much quieter most of the day, but you are still likely to experience heavy traffic from time to time. Fortunately, the streets have sidewalks and plenty of shade trees to help keep the Florida summer sun from blazing down on your head and shoulders.
This is a family neighborhood, so you can expect to see children playing and getting on or off the school buses. If you take your dog for walks when there are children around, be sure you keep them on a short leash.
Like most areas of New Smyrna Beach, there are a couple of small neighborhood parks nearby that offer at least a little bit of grass for you and your dog to use. But what do you need small parks for when the beach and the warm waters of the Atlantic are only two blocks to the east? You can walk there in less than ten minutes and then spend as much time as you want walking on the sand or playing in the surf.
Since you are already over on the beachside part of town, you can take your pup to Smyrna Dunes Park. The park covers the final 73 acres at the tip of the peninsula where it juts out into the Ponce Inlet. Start by walking the 1.5-mile-long boardwalk that takes you over the sensitive dunes and to the waterfront. Here, you and your pooch are welcome to go for swims together in the warm waters of the inlet.