Like most industrial parks, Thomas Industrial Park - or TIP - has no residences within its bounds. However, there are plenty of residences nearby along with quite a few residents who take their service animals to work with them. The TIP sits at the west end of the New Smyrna Beach Airport and close to the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. Living here puts you on the outskirts of town, but not so far out that you are any more than ten minutes away from things like restaurants, grocery stores, and pet supplies.
There are plenty of green spaces for you and your pup to enjoy going for walks in. They range from small local parks such as Turnbull Street Park to vast areas like the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Then there is the beach! It's only twenty minutes away and offers you and your dog a great place to walk year round.
When walking your pup in and around the Thomas Industrial Park, you should be aware that traffic tends to be heavier during business hours, especially during rush hours and shift changes. You will also be dealing with delivery vehicles, tractor-trailers, and more, making walking your dog here dangerous.
The good news is that there is a lake on the other side of Industrial Park Avenue with some woods for you and your pooch to go for short walks in on lunch breaks. You can let your dog go for a swim after work to cool off, though not during work as taking a wet dog back to work is not a good plan! There are also several large areas of woods around the industrial parks the two of you can add into your walks to help you stay away from the constant traffic and let both of you enjoy far safer walks.
The Thomas Industrial Park is one of the more unusual industrial parks in the area in that there is so much green space around it. The only problem with much of the green space around here is that it is not accessible for taking your dog out for walks in. Places like the airport, Hidden Lakes Golf Course, and the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Course are off limits to dogs.
However, just down the road is the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. The preserve is a vast area covering over 1,600 acres filled with swamps, forests, and hiking trails. It's the perfect place to take your dog for long walks. The trails take you to a 15-foot high observation tower that overlooks the swamps and, if you are up for it, all the way to Rose Bay and back. These trails are very popular and tend to be quite busy during the day.