While it might sound like the Dunlawton Centre Condo would be a large residential condominium complex, it's actually a large shopping center at the corner of Dunlawton Avenue and Taylor Road near the I-95 interchange. Right behind the shopping center is a large residential area and Spruce Creek High School. The one thing many people tend to forget is that even in shopping centers, there are employees and other pedestrians who often stroll the nearby sidewalks and streets.
The homes behind the shops are set in a dog and family-friendly community where large yards are the norm. Within Dunlawton Centre Condo, there are several shops and restaurants for your convenience. Dunlawton Avenue is home to the vast majority of shopping in Port Orange as it runs east from the interstate all the way to the beach. As you travel east, you will also find a fantastic selection of great restaurants for those times when no one in the family feels like cooking.
Within Dunlawton Centre Condo, most of what you will find for you and your dog to walk on is one large paved parking lot. However, like most shopping centers, there are a few areas of grass where your dog can stretch their legs and take a quick pit stop if necessary. Traffic here is busy from early in the morning until late at night as people come and go to the various stores and the L.A. Fitness Center, which is very popular.
If you bring your dog to stroll in this area and they need a good long walk, the residential area to the east offers two long residential streets to stroll along. The traffic stays relatively quiet here beyond the morning and evening rush hours which should typically be avoided, unless you're particularly accustomed to this type of hustle and bustle. The only things missing are sidewalks to help make your walks a little safer.
This is a shopping center, so it should come as no surprise that there isn't much here in the way of green space for you and your dog to get out on. There is one small patch of grass at the southeast corner of the parking lot, but there are more alternatives a little further out.
The Seemore Memorial Dog Park is less than ten minutes to the east on Spruce Creek Road, next door to the All Children's Park. The dog park sits on a full acre and has three sections for dogs to run around off-leash in.
Alternatively, you could go east on Dunlawton over the Halifax
River and onto the beach. Here, you and your dog can walk for as far as you like in either
direction. The best time of day to go out to the
beach with your dog is early in the morning before it gets too hot and crowded!