Activities For Dogs In South Carolina On Nice Days

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Introduction

The weather is nice through much of the year in South Carolina, making it a great place to be with your canine companion. After all, nice weather offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with your pup and enjoy all of the dog-friendly things that the state has to offer. Your pup can frolic at any number of dog parks or at one of the state's beaches. Water-loving pups will find plenty of opportunities for a swim in different bodies of water. Spending some quality outdoor time with your pup on a nice day in South Carolina is sure to bring a smile to your (and your dog's) face!

Dog Park Outing

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description
The dog park is a great way to spend time outdoors with your pup and ensure that they meet their activity needs. An added bonus when it comes to dog parks is that humans can be as active as they choose. Feeling tired? No worries; you can sit back, relax and watch your pup make new friends and have fun! There are many dog parks in South Carolina with their own unique offerings. Consider what your best pal enjoys and choose one that you feel is best for you and your pup. Then, head on over for some fun!
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Pick your features
If an afternoon (or morning) at the dog park sounds good to you, you will first want to choose which park to visit. There is no shortage of options in South Carolina; James Island County Park in Charleston, for example, offers a dog beach along with four acres of open grassy space and a cleaning station. Barc Parc South, in Myrtle Beach, has its own lake for your pup to swim in or you can check out Waggin Tails Dog Park in Little River which has separate areas for large and small dogs. Choose a park that is in a good location for you and that has features you believe your pooch will enjoy.
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Essential items
Once you know which dog park you will be visiting, you will want to gather the items that you will need to bring with you. A leash is important to have so that you can safely walk your pup from the car into the dog park and back. Treats can be helpful in order to distract your pooch when necessary and you will want to bring waste bags so that you can clean up any mess your pup makes. Make sure to bring some water as it is likely your pup will work up quite a thirst. A ball or a frisbee are good to bring along so that you engage your dog in some one on one time. You may choose to bring other items depending on the particular park; for example, if the park has water, bring a towel to dry off your dog and avoid a wet and dirty car.
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Comfort zone
Once you have what you need, you and your pup can head to the dog park. If the park has different areas for larger and smaller dogs, you can head to the appropriate sized place for your pooch. Each visit to the dog park will be a little different. Your dog may be comfortable right away and immediate run around and engage with other pups. If your dog appears to be more reserved or is not interacting, you can get them excited with a frisbee or ball. As they get involved in the game, other dogs may also take an interest and your pup can make some new friends!
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Hit The Beach

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Towel
Leash
Water
Snacks
Waste Bags
Activity description
A nice day is a great time for a trip to the beach and fortunately, South Carolina has multiple beaches to visit. You and your pup can enjoy a walk together on the beach, take a swim, play a game of fetch or relax in the sand. Not only will you and your pup get some good exercise, you will have the chance for quality time with one another. Make sure to bring plenty of water for your beach pal to drink as well as a towel to clean the sand off of your pup!
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Beach options
You will first want to choose a beach to visit with your pup. It is likely your choice will depend upon where you are located and what hours the beach allows dogs. Myrtle Beach, for example, allows dogs on the beach anytime from Labor Day until April 30th; between those months, dogs can be on the beach before 10am and after 5pm. Burke's Beach in Hilton Head is another option to consider; dogs can be at the beach anytime from Labor Day until Memorial Day. After Memorial Day and before Labor Day, dogs can be on the beach before 10am and after 5pm. Another pretty location to consider is the beach on Sullivan's Island in Charleston. Look at your options and make sure to check the hours that dogs are able to be on the beach.
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Pack for fun
When you know what beach you plan to visit, get together the items that you will need. A leash will be imperative, as well as waste bags, so that you can clean up any mess that your pup makes. A towel is also good to bring along; even if your pup does not enjoy the water, they will likely get a lot of sand on them that you will want to brush off. A frisbee or a ball will also be fun so that you can play a game of fetch with your pup, whether in or out of the water. Don't forget snacks for your eager little beachgoer!
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Sand and surf
Once you and your pup are ready, you can head to the beach! If you plan to take your pup on a walk, make sure to check on leash rules. If it is okay, your pup will likely enjoy the opportunity to run off leash. After your walk, let your canine companion take the lead; if they are interested in the water, they can check it out. If they are not interested in the water, make sure to play fetch away from the water, so that your pup is not faced with having to jump in to get what you threw. After time running around, you and your pup can relax on a beach towel. However you spend the time in the sand and surf, you and your pup will have a blast!
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State Park Stroll

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Leash
Treats
Activity description
On a nice day in South Carolina, you and your pup can have a blast at a state park. Many state parks are available in South Carolina, each of which will offer something different. Choose the park that is most appealing to you and best meets the interests of you and your pooch. Then, go off and have some fun! Depending on the park, you will find multiple things to do,  to include hiking, boating, camping, having a picnic and cooling off in the water. Best of all is the chance to hang out outdoors with your special friend.
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Park choices
There are plenty of park choices in South Carolina. Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, for example, offers hiking and biking trails, a campground, picnic areas and water to kayak or cool off in. Croft State Park in Spartanburg is another great option. With more than 7,000 acres, the state park offers hiking trails, picnic areas, camping and boating in one of two lakes.
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Plan for fun
Once you know which park you will be visiting, you will want to decide what activities you and your pup will engage in while there so that you can be sure to bring everything that you need. You can look online to learn about each park and what activities are available. Does your buddy love to sniff and explore? Are they keen to be in the water? If you plan to take a kayak out on a lake, for example, you will want to bring your own kayak and life vests for you and your pup or confirm that rentals are available. While there will be some variation based on the activities you choose to engage in, you will definitely need a leash, waste bags, water for your pup and treats.
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Have a blast!
Your pal is ready to go explore! Check out the trails on site and wander through areas that will provide your dog with new sights and smells. Looking for wildlife? Thinking of a bird watching venture? Pick out your can't-miss sights and take in the gorgeous scenery of the park. Relax, maybe even have a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful day with your canine companion.
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Have A Drink At The Unleashed Dog Bar

The Unleashed Dog Bar is the first completely dog-friendly bar in Greenville and includes a covered, fenced-in off leash dog park for your dog to play in. Your canine pal will enjoy some play time while you have a glass of wine or a beer. A membership (annual cost is $10, daily per dog is $3) will be needed for your dog to enter the dog park. If your dog is on a leash they can go inside as well.   Humans must be twenty-one or over to visit The Unleashed Dog Bar and details on their hours can be found online.

Visit Barefoot Landing

Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing offers the beauty of nature, including a boardwalk and dock that will remind you of an old fishing village. There is a 27 acre lake there and migratory waterfowl, exotic fish and wildlife live in the area. In addition, shopping, dining and entertainment are easy to find.  Multiple restaurants offer outside seating areas and welcome dogs to dine with their humans. Also in the area is Bone Appetit Pet Bakery, where you can make a quick stop for some treats for your canine companion. Explore Barefoot Landing and it offers with your canine best buddy!

Take The Water Taxi In Charleston

Looking for something different to do on a nice day in South Carolina? Go for a ride on The Water Taxi in Charleston! The Water Taxi offers ferry service for five different locations in Charleston as well as sightseeing cruises. While traveling between stops, you will get a view of the city's beauty from the boat. You and your pup might even catch sight of a dolphin (or two)!  As long as your pup is on-leash and well-behaved, they are able to join you on The Water Taxi. Purchase your tickets online and get ready for a unique adventure!

Conclusion

Finding a fun way to spend time with your pup on a nice in South Carolina should not be a problem. The state offers numerous outdoor opportunities that you can your pup can enjoy where you can get some physical activity while enjoying one another's company. South Carolina has so much that you can do when the weather is nice, that the biggest challenge may be deciding just which thing you would like to do! Fortunately, you will find that no matter what option you choose, you and your best pal will be able to soak up the sunshine and fresh air and best of all, do it together!