Located in the midlands of South Carolina and settled just off of Lake Murray, Lexington brings you the best of both worlds: the hustle and bustle of the city and the slower serenity of the countryside. Only about thirty minutes from the state’s capital city, Columbia, Lexington can be a great place to explore with your dog. On weekends between May and September, the city hosts a farmers market where you can buy delicious local produce, and since it’s outdoors, your dog can join you. Grab your dog’s leash, a swimsuit, and a picnic basket and head to one of the many access points for Lake Murray; a swim is a great way to beat the southern heat. If you’re looking for dog parks, though, or somewhere your dog can join you while you grab a meal, you’ll want to head to the capital, where you’ll have more options.
The heart of Lexington is home to Libby’s of Lexington, and if you’re looking for a bite to eat with your dog, make sure to check out this local favorite! Libby’s serves up delicious food, including Greek salads, meatball subs, and burgers that locals rave about. They don’t just welcome your dog on their outdoor patio; they even serve your four-legged friend! Libby’s is known to give water to all the pooches that visit, and if your dog is really good, he’ll even get a treat or two. A leash is required, as is good behavior – on your part and your dog’s!
The historic neighborhood of Mill Village, located on the outer edge of West Columbia, is located about twenty minutes from Lexington. In this neighborhood, you’ll find Café Strudel, and if you want a unique spot to dine with your dog, you have to give this local favorite a try! If you want a classic, check out the restaurant’s delicious wraps and omelettes. Feeling adventurous? Café Strudel serves a dish called the “Hangover Hashbrowns,” which are covered in cheese, peppers, tomatoes, and more. You dog can join you on the patio. Your pawesome friend needs to be on his best behavior, though, and a leash is required at all times.
Earlewood, a neighborhood in Columbia, is located about 25 minutes from Lexington. Earlewood is home to NOMA Dog Park, and although there’s a small annual fee (between $15 and $25) to use this new dog park, your pooch will definitely think it’s worth the investment! NOMA Dog Park, which stands for North Main Dog Park, has separate areas for small and large dogs, allowing your four-legged friend to play it safe when it comes to running around off his leash. NOMA Dog Park also provides waste disposal stations, and there are tennis balls for your dog to play with.
Located less than thirty minutes from Lexington is Columbia’s popular Main Street District. There’s plenty for you to do here with Fido. On Saturday mornings, check out the Soda City Market. Sections of Main Street are shut off, and local vendors set up. Not only is your dog allowed, he’s welcomed! If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at Michael’s Café and Catering. This popular restaurant serves mouth-watering cakes and made-to-order sandwiches. Your dog can join you on the patio, but make sure he stays on a leash and out of the way of people passing by on the sidewalk.
About thirty minutes from Lexington is Columbia’s Vista, and if you want to grab a quick bite to eat and want to bring Fido along, make sure you stop by. Cupcake, a local gourmet cupcake shop, serves up many different flavors of cupcakes, as their name suggests, and your dog can join you at the bakery’s outdoor seating. If you’re looking to enjoy a cold drink, head to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. This local-favorite has all your favorite beers on tap, alongside some lesser-known options and classic bar food. Your dog can join you on the spacious, covered porch – rain or shine. Make sure to bring a leash.