The Groves is a residential community of single-family homes next door to the Pelican Bay Golf Course, straddling Madeline Avenue, and surrounding a pair of small lakes. The nearest major road is South Clyde Morris Boulevard. Living here puts you close I-4 and I-95, both of which are vital commuter links to all points north, south, and west.
There is a small shopping area at the intersection of Madeline and South Clyde Morris that includes several places to eat and a Walmart Neighborhood Market where you can buy food for every member of your family, including your canine companion.
If you and your dog like the fresh, open salt air, the beach is only a ten to fifteen minute drive to the east. With miles of sand to hike on, the area is also filled with tourist shops, restaurants, and bars. There is so much more for you and your family to enjoy while spending time out in the sunshine.
The Groves is a bustling family community filled with closely packed houses where families raise their kids and go to work every day. During the morning and evening rush hours, the traffic in the neighborhood tends to be heavy and the same could be said of the times when the school buses are running through, picking up or dropping off the kids.
You should expect to see a lot of kids running around the neighborhood and collecting in large, rowdy crowds at the bus stops. If you must take your dog out for walks during these times, be sure you use a short leash to help maintain better control, just in case your dog is spooked by the traffic or the kids. Thankfully, the community has sidewalks running throughout. This means you won't have to spend time walking on the roads, even if your walks take you next door.
There are several tracts of undeveloped woods in the surrounding area filled with trails for you and your dog to wander around on. But, if you hop on I-4 or SR-92, both will take you out to the Tiger Bay State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. The WMA covers more than 30,000 acres of forests, wetlands, lakes, ponds, and trails for you and your hound to hike along.
Back in 1998 during the wildfire "Firestorm," over half the WMA was badly damaged or destroyed. Today, thanks in part to the efforts of Mother Nature and hundreds of volunteers, the WMA has been restored to its former beauty. You and your pup can hike for miles through the forests. Be sure you bring plenty of water as you need to stay hydrated in the heat of a Florida summer day. Be sure you bring your mosquito repellent too as they never seem to stop biting in this muggy environment!