Located just off US-1 between Oak Street and White Place, Virginia Heights is a family-friendly residential neighborhood with a cemetery, church, and the Father Smith Complex to the south. To the west, there is a small industrial park that can be accessed via Fox Place which runs right through the middle of the community. All of this makes for a bit of a noisy place to live, especially during the weekdays and on Sunday while services are being held at the Church of the Epiphany.
With direct access to US-1, you are within minutes of Dunlawton Avenue, the main east-west route through town. Along with taking you and your family to the beach over the Dunlawton bridge, this road takes you all the way through town to the I-95 interchange. All along both sides of Dunlawton, there are shopping centers and strip malls. From grocery stores to pet supply stores, you and your family can find just about anything you need here.
Within Virginia Heights, traffic is a bit of a mix. You have morning and evening rush hour to deal with, school buses twice a day, and the industrial traffic on Fox Place. While this doesn't necessarily make it impossible for you and your dog to go out for walks, it does mean you should never use anything but a short leash just in case your dog is startled!
Thankfully, there are sidewalks for the two of you to use and crosswalks to help you move around the neighborhood in relative safety. The one thing missing here is shade as there are very few large trees along any of the sidewalks. Getting out early in the morning is your best bet if you want to avoid battling the sun. Alternatively, take your walks into some of the neighboring communities or nearby parks that will offer more respite from the heat.
You can probably get away with taking your dog for a little play time at the Father Smith Complex on the corner of Lafayette Street and White Place. The softball field offers a large area of grass for the two of you to play on when there aren't any games in progress.
If you take Dunlawton Avenue to the east and over the Halifax River, your journey will take you to the beach where you can drive out on the sand and park your car close to the surf. Keep in mind that the tide comes in and out! If you park too close to the water, you might watch your car float out to sea. This being said, the beach offers you and your pup miles of sand to hike on, endless sunshine and fresh air to enjoy, and the comfortable waters of the Atlantic to cool off in when you start getting too hot.