Port Orange is part of the Daytona-Deltona-Ormond Beach metroplex with a total population of over 600,000. The city is home to a small amount of light industry but, like much of the metroplex, it counts on tourism for a significant portion of its income. The point at which South Daytona to the north ends and Port Orange begins is a little blurry and jagged, but everyone who lives here can tell where the line is in their community.
The city offers an excellent selection of restaurants for you and your family to enjoy checking out whenever you get a chance. Like most cities, you should have no problem finding pet supply stores to pick up food for your dog. The town has a number of parks and one off-leash dog park for you to explore and, while Port Orange is not a beachside town, Dunlawton Avenue will take you over to the beachside and Daytona Beach Shores or Wilbur-by-the-Sea.
The terrain in Port Orange varies dramatically from one area of town to the next. The one constant is that the land is mostly flat and offers very little in the way of challenge such as you might find in a hillier city like San Francisco. You'll just have to learn how to make use of the land you have to work with.
Many areas of town tend to see a lot of traffic from early morning rush hour to late in the evening, while others are only busy during rush hours and then quiet down. There are a few communities that stay pretty quiet all the time. It just depends on where you live. If you live far enough south, the traffic is much quieter and you are close to the Spruce Creek Preserve. The preserve makes an excellent and safe place to go walking with your dog on hot summer days.
The City of Port Orange has numerous community and neighborhood parks scattered throughout. Some are large and include athletic fields while others are little more than a patch of grass and a playground.
However, you can easily cruise over to the beach and spend your time hiking in the sand. The soft sand will give you a good workout. When you start to get tired, you can switch over to the firm, wet sand and take a nice relaxing stroll. Be sure you both take the time out for a quick refreshing dip in the water. It's a great way to end your walk!
To the south is the 1,600 acres that make up the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This is a preserve with miles of trails running through dense forests and swamps for you and your pooch to explore. Feeling energetic? Take the 6-mile hike to New Smyrna Beach on a nice cool morning. It will do both of you good!