Pet-friendly? We sure are!

Pets are family, and more people are choosing to include them in their travel plans. While health and safety regulations prevent your pet pals from enjoying some spaces, you will find that Sumter also contains many places where your furry (and not-so-furry) friends are more than welcome!

From parks and campgrounds to a cozy B&B, outdoor dining, a rooftop brewery and two dog parks, there are plenty of opportunities to get your pets in on that family selfie, night out, or evening under the stars.

Bring your furry pals along and enjoy Southern Hospitality for yourself and your pets!

For more pet-friendly fun than you can wag your tail at call the Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau at (803) 436-2640.

  • 1912 Bed & Breakfast
  • America Best Value Inn & Suites
  • Econo Lodge
  • Quality Inn
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Hyatt Place Hotel
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Travelers Inn and Suites

Leashed pets are welcome at numerous national chains, including Petco, Lowe’s, Tractor Supply, Harbor Freight, and more. Please call for individual store policies.

Locally-Owned Restaurants & Refreshments
  • Sumter Original Brewery (Rooftop Only)
  • Sidebar (Outdoor Only)
  • Cypress Trail
  • Dillon Park
  • Dillon Park Bark Park (Off Leash)
  • Mill Creek Park
  • Palmetto Park
  • Palmetto Trail
  • Poinsett State Park
  • Patriot Park
  • SPCA Bark Park (Off-Leash, Membership)
  • Shot Pouch Greenway
Want to add to the family?

Adopt from our many local rescues such as Saving Sumter’s Strays, Lucky Paws Rescue, INC, Sumter SPCA, and more.

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If you’re traveling with your pets and need supplies, Sumter offers many local pet supply stores as well as a Petco that can provide what you need.

A clean dog is a happy dog! Check out the Spaws-to-go self dog wash just outside the SPCA Bark Park. It’s Pawsome! No membership is needed to use the spaw!

Emergencies happen. Local Vets.
  • Advanced Veterinary Hospital - (803) 469-6077
  • Animal Medical Clinic - (803) 773-1616
  • Guignard Animal Clinic - (803) 775-9152
  • Hudson Veterinary Hospital - (803) 905-9700
  • Palmetto Veterinary Clinic - (803) 773-5506
  • Peach Orchard Veterinary Clinic - (803) 494-8387
The Inside Scoop:

The closest 24-hour emergency care facility for pets is approximately 50 minutes away in Columbia. CVETS (803) 995-8913