Straddling South Ridgewood Avenue, the community of Allans Port Orange is a blend of small businesses and residential areas. To the east, the neighborhood sits on the Halifax River and those homes that line Halifax Drive have an excellent view of the boats going by on the water. The houses along this road are luxurious and have individual docks with private boathouses.
Essential amenities such as grocery stores, department stores, and pet supply stores are all within a few minutes' drive along Dunlawton Avenue to the north. Not only will you find most of the shopping you need, but Dunlawton is the only road in Port Orange that goes over the Halifax River to the beaches east.
There are several large green spaces within driving distance where you and your dog can go when you want to take a long hike. Of course, there's always the beach where you can hike for many, many miles in the sand.
Living anywhere along South Ridgewood Avenue means having to deal with a significant amount of traffic, especially during the day when the many businesses along this road are open. However, don't be fooled, the amount of traffic only slows down a small amount during the rest of the day and night.
For those who live on the west side of the highway, there is room in the neighborhoods to the west where you and your dog can walk. In this area, you will find less traffic and you should be significantly safer during your walks. Those who are east of the highway will find that walking on the wide strip of grass lining the river bank provides a space to walk safely without having to worry about the traffic flowing along Halifax Drive.
If, for any reason, you need to walk along busy South Ridgewood, be sure you keep your dog on a short leash that puts your firmly in control.
The nearest usable green space is north to Dunlawton Avenue and then over the bridge and straight onto the beach. You can drive on the sand and park your car. Bring a picnic and the whole family, including the one with the waggly tail. While the kids are playing in the sand, you can take the dog for a nice long walk along the dunes in the fresh air and sunshine.
If your pup likes to run around off-leash, the Seemore Memorial Dog Park, the only dog park in town, is a ten-minute drive south on Spruce Creek Road. The park covers an entire acre and offers sections for small, large, and special needs dogs. Each section has a place for the pups to get water, benches in the shade for you to relax on, and a place to rinse your pooch off after the fun is over for the day.