The central part of Ormond Beach is a blend of single and multi-family residential homes along with several large retailers and restaurants to choose from. Many of the homes in this area date back to the 60s and 70s and are set in average-sized yards covered in the shade from oaks, magnolias, and palm trees. Like many towns along the east coast of Florida, Ormond Beach has its fair share of dog-friendly parks, greenways, and conservation areas for you and your dog to explore. There are pet stores within driving distance, no matter where you live along with pet groomers and vets.
One issue you should be aware of is that, while it never snows in Ormond Beach, the summer temperatures reach the mid-90s. When the temperatures are that hot, the pavement can reach 145° and higher by late morning to early afternoon. Temperatures this hot can scorch your pup's paws in seconds, so you'll need to exercise caution.
The terrain in Central Ormond Beach is a blend of concrete, tarmac, and greenways. While many of the residential streets in this area do not have sidewalks for you and your pup to walk along, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy a stroll. What it does say, however, is that you need to wear bright colored clothing no matter what time of day you decide to go for a walk. The residential streets are well-shaded which can make it hard for motorists to see you and your four-legged friend.
You can create a complex pattern of walks through your particular neighborhood to change up the experience for you and your pup and avoid the risk of your walks becoming routine and boring. If you want more challenging terrain to walk on, there is always Tomoka State Park to the north where you can find miles of trails to hike along for both you and your pooch to enjoy.
Being an older part of Ormond Beach, the central area tends to have more in the way of greenways for residents to enjoy. But if you want a truly wonderful greenway experience, you need to hop in the car and head north for three miles to Tomoka State Park. The park covers approximately 2,000 acres. Inside the park is the site of Nocoroco, an ancient Timucuan village that sits on the banks of the Tomoka River. You and your dog can stroll along the half-mile nature trail or hit the 1-mile paved trail to get your exercise. The park opens its doors daily at 8 a.m. and closes them at sundown.
On the western side of the Halifax River, there are two small parks, one on either side of SR 40, where you can stretch your legs or simply relax while you do a little fishing as you watch the boats go by.