By Florence Cope, special to OneSpartanburg, Inc.
Since the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it is only natural to spend more time at parks and outdoor eateries, but you don’t have to do it alone. Bring your dog along for a fun-filled day in downtown Spartanburg.
While there are miles of trails and parks in Greater Spartanburg to drive to, there are plenty of activities all within walking distance of Morgan Square. Spend the day with this guide to a day in downtown Spartanburg with your dog, and you are guaranteed a “paws-itively” great time.
To start your morning off right, take your puppy to a dog-friendly coffee shop right downtown. Little River Coffee Bar welcomes dogs with indoor and outdoor seating, and even features a complimentary whipped cream “puppaccino” so your dog can have a morning treat. If the weather permits, Spill the Beans opens up its wall-length windows so the store has an open feel, and features plenty of outdoor seating. Relax and get some work done while your doggie enjoys the breeze.
If you want to get some exercise in, the Mary Black Rail Trail spans a total of four miles roundtrip with many dog-friendly stops on the way. You can jog or walk alongside your four-legged friend on the alternately sunny and shaded path.
Along the Rail Trail, your dog can socialize with other friendly pups at the Rail Tail Dog Park. Dogs can play off the leash with each other, so watch as your pup frolics or join in and play fetch.
Just a few minutes walk down the path, hit up Fretwell, a gathering spot with food, drinks, and indoor and outdoor seating. Little River Roasting operates the coffee roasters and cafe at Fretwell, but there is also a permanent trailer that sells snacks and drinks during live events. Check out the events to see when performers as well as food trucks come.
Barnet Park, located right beside the Chapman Cultural Center, has a lovely walking route situated on seven acres along with an amphitheater and picnic shelters to keep cool. You and your dog can stretch your legs, get some vitamin D, and enjoy looking at the bronze sculptures and the interactive water fountains.
Back in the heart of downtown, cool off in Rockers Brewery, a dog-friendly space that features local brews like Son of a Peach and Brown Eyed Squirrel. Spartanburg’s first craft brewery is a must-visit for anyone looking for a relaxed atmosphere that also features fun events. Rockers is no stranger to dogs, as you will likely see a wagging tail as soon as you walk through the door.
Fr8yard, an open-air Biergarten with food, drinks, and live music, is the perfect place to bring your friends, family, and dog. You can witness local music acts on the stage and catch big games on the large screen. Taste beer, signature cocktails, and Fr8yard’s famous Yard Dogs, homemade sausages with your choice of toppings.
If you want to make your dog feel as loved as possible, stop by Paisley Paw, a pet boutique that features pet items as well as a DIY dog wash. Give your pup a bath with various shampoos, conditioners, warm towels, and dryers that will leave them feeling fresh and clean. You can also purchase items like collars, beds, pet food, pet bowls, treats, and more all while supporting a local Spartanburg business. For additional fun, join in for a “Paint Your Pet” night where you can honor your dog with a portrait.
There are many restaurants with outdoor dining around Morgan Square, which is perfect for the warm months:
From April through July, Music on Main showcases various musicians and musical groups on Morgan Square, Thursdays 5:30-8:30 PM. Gather around with friends and neighbors and soak in the pleasant ambiance with your dog.
Whether you’re walking, eating, or drinking, your dog will be ecstatic to tag along, and the Spartanburg businesses will be just as happy to welcome the both of you. Enjoy the sunny weather and explore downtown with “man’s best friend.”
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