Greenville Goes to the Dogs
From Maltese to Mastiffs, Greenvillians are dog-wild for their canine companions. Just take a look downtown, and you’ll see pups with their peeps strolling through Falls Park on the Reedy, on Main Street, along RiverPlace, and everywhere in-between. Your pampered pet can find gourmet treats in a variety of shops downtown and beyond, and can fetch a drink at water bowls set outside many of the retailers along Main Street. When hunger sets in, the city offers more outdoor restaurant patios that welcome well-behaved pooches than you can shake a stick at, so there’s no excuse not to bring your best furry friend along for an al fresco meal.
Outdoor spaces abound in Greenville, beginning with Falls Park on the Reedy, a great place to see the falls while your four-legged friend checks out all the new sights and smells. From the park, you can pick up the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Beyond downtown, hiking trails thread the area’s many state parks reaching north into the Blue Ridge foothills. Pick an easy, flat trail or, if you and your pup are up to it, challenge yourself to a steeper climb and take in the sweeping mountain views.
Let the pups stay with you or send your fur-baby on vacation while you’re on vacation. Check out our insider's guide on where to take your dog in pet-friendly Greenville—from their own hotel to dog-friendly events, restaurants, shops, and more!
Going on vacation has a downside when it means leaving your four-legged friend behind. One way to alleviate your guilt is to book a stay for your pup at the Noble Dog Hotel in Hampton Station, located in Greenville's Water Tower District. Offering the equivalent of a five-star hotel for dogs, Noble Dog has a staff person on-site 24/7 to allay any worries you have about leaving your precious pet.
The open floor plan in the indoor climate-controlled fitness center allows staff to customize the play spaces (up to six of them) depending on the number and size of dogs present on any given day. Each area is supervised during playtime. If you have an older dog or one who's recovering from surgery, you can purchase a day pass that includes a stay in a private suite with slow-paced walks and one-on-one time with a staff member at no additional cost. 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Suite 8; 864.412.5222
Yappy Hour at NOMA Square
The patio of the Hyatt Regency Greenville hotel facing Main Street, NOMA (NOrth MAin) Square is one of the largest public plazas in downtown Greenville, and hosts a regular schedule of free outdoor events. Dog fanciers favor the second Wednesday of the month (April through November), when they can bring their canine companions to the square for Yappy Hour. Live music, yummy Yappetizer specials from the Hyatt’s Roost Restaurant, and complimentary pup-tinis are on tap—as is a cash bar.
Waggin' at the Waterpark
Bring your furry friend (big or small) to bid farewell to the dog days of summer with a splash! Held the 2nd and 3rd Saturday in September, there are separate play times for small and large breeds. Dogs must be at least 3 months old and have completed their first round of vaccines; proper documentation required. Discovery Island Waterpark: 417 Baldwin Rd., Simpsonville; Otter Creek Waterpark: 101 W. Darby Rd.; 864.288.6470.