What to do and see in Aiken, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 22, 2017 Milan Banda

Aiken is the largest city and county seat of Aiken County, in the western portion of the state of South Carolina, United States. With Augusta, Georgia, it is one of the two largest cities of the Central Savannah River Area. It is part of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Aiken

1. Hitchcock Woods

430 S Boundary Ave., Aiken, SC 29802 +1 803-642-0528
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5 based on 167 reviews

Hitchcock Woods

Reviewed By Chamoale - Bluffton, South Carolina

We were looking for some trails to hike on our stay during the evacuation in Aiken, SC and found this gem! Their were many different trails to take and they provided maps so we could find our way back to the car. There were some hills that made it a little more difficult to hike than a flat surface but we enjoyed it! Beautiful woods!

2. Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry St SW, Aiken, SC 29801-4844 +1 803-642-2015
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Aiken County Historical Museum

Reviewed By MG29851 - Aiken, South Carolina

We had visitors in town who wanted to see some history, so we decided to check this place out. We were not disappointed. If you like history, this is the place for you. The house itself is gorgeous. There was a civil war reenacter on site and he gave us a great tour of the military room. There is plenty to see and it's Free!!! We did spend some money in the gift shop though. It is a lot of walking and there are stairs, just in case this is an issue to any readers. Having just moved here, we enjoyed learning about Aiken county and South Carolina's history.

3. Hopelands Gardens

Whiskey Road and Dupress Place, Aiken, SC 29802 +1 803-642-7631
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4.5 based on 372 reviews

Hopelands Gardens

Reviewed By ValECee - Aiken, South Carolina

Hopelands Gardens is a must see for visitors to Aiken. Local residents enjoy special events throughout the year or visit just to unwind and enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens. Like a step back in time.

4. Aiken Center for the Arts

122 Laurens St SW, Aiken, SC 29801-3888 +1 803-641-9094
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Aiken Center for the Arts

Reviewed By mdiv2001 - Orlando, Florida

We had never stopped here before during our previous visits to Aiken. What a treasure! The space itself is a beautiful repurposing of an historic space. There is local artistic talent in abundance, and the price of much of the art shown is within reach for a middle class family. Space is also available to rent for events and celebrations.

We'll be sure to stop by when next we're in town.

5. Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510 +1 803-293-7846
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more. The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location every Saturday at 10 am. Private trolley tours for groups of 15 or more may be available upon request.

Reviewed By Bruce Jeffrey K - Charleston, South Carolina

We enjoyed the museum with its very detailed HO scale railroad dioramas. The exhibit is very informative regarding the railroad history of the area. The restored train station, housing the museum, is very impressive. This would be a nice quick stop for families with young...MoreIt took years of research to ensure that the dioramas were as detailed and accurate as possible. Thank you.

6. Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

135 Dupree Pl SW, Inside historic Hopelands Gardens., Aiken, SC 29801-4811 +1 803-642-7631
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the great tradition of racing and Aiken’s vital role in it. Forty Champion Thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track. The Hall of Fame immortalizes each in the Iselin’s charming, old carriage house. The Hall of Fame features both flat racers and steeplechase horses, from 1942 through the present. Photos, trophies and other memorabilia highlight these outstanding horses.

Reviewed By AMiller121 - Columbia, South Carolina

We were visiting Hopeland Gardens when we happened upon the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum. I am so glad that we did because this museum if packed full of history about horse racing. Definitely worth a stop!

7. Aiken State Park

1145 State Park Rd, Aiken, SC 29856-2135 +1 803-649-2857
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Aiken State Park

Reviewed By jlantern3 - Columbia, South Carolina

The canoe tril was the highlight- very challenging- but worth it. beautiful river scenery= snakes seen swimming. wonderful visuals. very good picnic areas, playground available for the kids. swimming area in small pond. clean state park. friendly staff. good time was had here

8. Dupont Planetarium- Aiken South Carolina

471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801-6389 +1 803-641-3654
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Dupont Planetarium- Aiken South Carolina

Reviewed By Kelly S - Aiken, South Carolina

Christmas show is the best. A great show for all ages. Then afterwards if the weather is favorable you can go upstairs and look through the telescope.

9. St. Mary Help of Christians

138 Fairfield St SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4546 +1 803-649-4777
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5 based on 7 reviews

St. Mary Help of Christians

Reviewed By Frank D - New Orleans, Louisiana

Amazing service! In addition to it being a very special Mass the Church was beautifully decorated. It was obvious several people put forth much loving service to make the Christmas Midnight Mass a very special time.
Thank you to everyone involved and yes, I highly recommend this Church for any day and especially for Christmas!

10. Virginia Acres Park

1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803-7336
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Virginia Acres Park

Reviewed By TooOldtoRun - Columbia, Maryland

I routinely go to Virginia Acres Park to walk when visiting Aiken, SC. It is a city park with play grounds, a tennis center, an activity building, soccer fields, and a 1 mile walking track. The track is a great way to get some exercise when traveling. I like it because I can be outside (instead of in the hotel exercise room) and still get some relaxing walking in.

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