The city of Florence, coolly dubbed “Flo-town,” is one of South Carolina’s major cities. With plenty of opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and eating, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Founded way back in 1890, Florence serves as an intersection for interstate 95 and interstate 20, and it’s also the eastern end-of-the-line for the latter. Florence is also home to Francis Marion University, one of South Carolina’s large public universities.
But what makes Florence so special isn’t just what it has to offer humans! Florence is also an extremely dog-friendly city, boasting an above average number of dog-friendly restaurants. The city even has a dog park. If you’re looking for a vet to take your canine companion to, you have plenty of options. There are nearly ten veterinarian clinics within the city, meaning you can choose one that’s the best fit for your family and your four-legged friend. Florence also has great walkability, meaning you and Fido can get out and explore together. If you’re looking for a city that’ll be great for both you and your dog, make sure to give Florence a chance!
In Florence’s Cypress Point neighborhood, you’ll find David H. McLeod Dog Park, where your dog is sure to have a ball! This park has plenty of space where your dog can run around with his new friends, whether they want to play a game of tag or recruit a human to toss a ball around for them. Have an adventurous dog? No problem! This bark park also has a pond where your pooch can go for a swim. Make sure to bring along some waste disposal bags and a towel, as your dog might get muddy if they decide to go in the pond.
If you and your dog love going for long walks, make sure to check out Florence’s Arrowood neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to the Florence Rail-Trail, which, as the name implies, is an old rail line that’s been converted to a trail. At two miles long, this trail isn’t too long or too short, so it’s perfect for people with no experience or a lot of experience. Your dog can join you on the trail, but he’ll need to stay on his leash. You’ll also want to bring along some water and waste disposal bags.
In the southern part of Florence, there are several restaurants where Fido can join you while you get your chow-hound on! If you’re craving delicious Mexican food, make sure to check out Vallarta Mexican Restaurant. This popular spot has four dog-friendly patio tables, meaning your dog can dine with you. If you’re looking for something more low-key, give Cookout a try. This fast food restaurant serves up delicious burgers and milkshakes that are to die for! Your pooch can join you at any outdoor table, and there’s even an option to order outside at a walk-up window. A leash is required at both restaurants.
Lee State Park in Bishopville, located about thirty minutes away from Florence, is a great opportunity for you and your outdoor-lovin’ pooch to get away from the city life and explore nature! Lee State Park has a five-mile trail, allowing you and your canine companion to get in more than enough exercise. Fido must remain on a leash – one no longer than six feet – at all times, and you’ll need to remember to bring along water and waste disposal bags. No one wants to step in anything! Get out, and get moving!
While Hartsville is about a 30-minute drive northwest of Florence, the city does have several more dog-friendly dining options, meaning it might just be worth the trip! If you want to enjoy some delicious, locally-caught seafood, check out Black Creek Bistro. Locals say you absolutely have to try the shrimp n’ grits; it’s a southern classic! Bizell’s Restaurant serves up delicious American dishes, so there’s something for everyone. There are also a couple of dog-friendly fast food restaurants in Hartsville. All restaurants require a leash and good behavior – by your dog, of course!