Puppy Playdate: Dog-Friendly Experiences in Columbia SC
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:00 PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Do you even want to go out if you can’t have your four-legged friend in tow? We didn’t think so. Here’s a rundown of some places and events around town that welcome both people and pups.
Craft Beer and Coffee
What’s better than sipping on an ice-cold local brew? Doing so outside in the sunshine in the company of man’s best friend. Many of our local breweries are equipped with such outdoor spaces, so spend some time together at River Rat, Steel Hands, Columbia Craft, Hunter-Gatherer at The Curtiss-Wright Hangar and Swamp Cabbage, among others. Special shoutout to Craft and Draft, who invite dogs to roam around inside, as well as outside, and Jake’s on Devine, who host special “Yappy Hours” every Tuesday and Thursday evenings in addition to always being pet-friendly.
Not only does Publico in Five Points allow you to bring your dog on the back patio, but also offers up a special Puppy Plates Menu for them to enjoy. The menu is broken down into Starters, Mains and Sweets and then into different sizes (Taco, Burrito or Whole Enchilada), depending on the size of your dog. You can even order a quart to take home with you!
Let your dog burn off some energy and socialize at a local, non-membership-based dog park! We recommend checking out Emily Douglas Dog Park, Lexington Paw Park and Dog Park at Sesquicentennial State Park. Plus, a new dog park is part of the plan for an upcoming 20-acre public park in the BullStreet Neighborhood.
Soda City Market
Saturdays are for the good boys, so take yours to Soda City Market, our weekly downtown farmers market, where you can stroll, shop and show off how cute your pup is to the adoring masses.
Wag-Along Wednesdays at Segra Park | June 5th and 12th, July 24th and August 28th
“Play ball,” takes on a whole new meaning during Wag-Along Wednesdays at Segra Park. Cheer on the Columbia Fireflies with your #1 teammate. P.S. Be sure to sign this waiver first in order to participate!
Bark to the Park at Saluda Shoals Park | April 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Both you and your dog will be delighted by this annual 1.7-mile walk at Saluda Shoals Park that culminates in an “After Paw-ty” featuring entertainment by K-9s In Flight, refreshments, contests and awards.
Who says you need to have opposable thumbs to partake in some arts and crafts? Swing by Mad Platter and let your pet create a masterpiece of their own by way of either a plaster or paint pawprint.
“Pup Cup” at Pelican’s Snoballs
Come spring and summer, one of the best ways to beat the heat is with a Pelican’s Snoball. Keep your little buddy top of mind and order them a “Pup Cup,” a peanut butter-flavored shaved ice topped with a dog treat.
Rest up for the next big day of dog-friendly fun at one of these hotel properties in town: Graduate Columbia, Aloft Downtown, Embassy Suites, TownePlace Ft. Jackson, Aloft Harbison, DoubleTree, Hyatt Harbison and Fairfield Northeast.
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