Visit Aiken SC

We serve as the official tourism entity for the beautiful City of Aiken. Take a minute to see the charm and beauty that makes Aiken a place like no other!

Aiken is known for many things… equine pursuits, the arts, sporting facilities, nature, and even playing a part in our country’s railroad birth and our fight in the Cold War era. With a history most small towns have never experienced the likes of; you’ll be enthralled with stories of our past and enchanted with the reality of a beautiful, charming, sophisticated town. Aiken is a wonderful destination for a quick get-a-way or an extended stay, with countless activities to offer, many of which are free. Just 20 miles east of Augusta, GA, home of the Augusta National’s Masters Golf Tournament, Aiken offers a relaxing time for you to reconnect with friends and family. Golf, history, star gazing at our Planetarium, gardens, concerts, shows, plays, art, festivals, antiques, history, tours, outdoor adventure, parks, softball, baseball, tennis, equestrian events and more will keep you busy and returning for more.

Mission: This page created by the Tourism Division of the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department features upcoming community events and information, for Aiken's guests and residents. The page is also linked with our visitor information website, where you will find a plethora of information on Aiken such as the calendar of events, attractions, art & cultural information, entertainment, shopping, where to eat, where to stay and more! Come be a “Fan” at and be just a click away from all the latest info. on what is happening in Aiken and around Aiken County!

National Travel and Tourism week continues with celebrations.

Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. Come join us!

Come see us today at the South Carolina Welcome Center in North Augusta and celebrate National Tourism Travel & Tourism Week!

We invite you to celebrate National Tourism Week with us on May 10 at the I-20 SC Welcome Center, North Augusta. - info available 24/7/365. #nttw19 #travelmatters

Aiken's Choice 2019 Nom & Voting

Vote for the Aiken Trolley Tours as the Best Place to Take a Tourist! Aiken's Choice 2019 Nom & Voting

Palmetto Golf Club

Get a behind the scenes look of the Palmetto Golf Club. Originally posted on the in 2014, this video was recently shared.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Aiken, SC – The City of Aiken has been recommended as a top vacation spot for caregivers in an article published by

According to CNN reporter, Forrest Brown’s article titled Is a vacation for a caregiver even possible? Yes — here’s your new way to ‘travel’, Brown wrote: “vacations are one way we take care of ourselves when your life becomes engulfed in a loved one’s long-term medical crisis.” His simple method to caretakers like himself was just changing the way he thought by exploring short trips within 200 miles of his Atlanta home.

In the article, a photo of downtown Aiken captioned “A statue in downtown Aiken, South Carolina, reflects the town’s rich equestrian heritage. I explored downtown on November 25, 2018, for about an hour while hometown visitors sat with my mother. I think this is one of South Carolina’s nicest downtown areas,” Brown wrote. Also mentioned in the article was how he discovered the beauty of South Boundary Avenue.

Toothless is taking a ride on the train while he waits for his rider to pick him up. Please call 803-293-7846 or stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum to claim him.

Welcome Masters Guests! Stop by our hospitality table.

Welcome Masters guests: Directions to navigate downtown Aiken intersections

Great tips! Masters Week brings many new faces to Aiken every year, which leads to roads full of drivers who, typically, don’t know how to drive in downtown Aiken.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Welcome to all of our visitors in Aiken. Please explore for the many things to do here in our great city. Visit Aiken SC

Thank you to all!

Visit Aiken SC

Aiken Trolley Tour

Visiting Aiken this week? Have guests in town? Take a historic trolley tour! There is plenty of room this Friday, April 12th at 2 pm and some space on Saturday, April 13th at 10 am and 2 pm. Experience Aiken's charm, grace, and elegance during this two hour tour aboard our trolley. On the tour, you’ll see and hear about... • Historic Homes and Churches • Equestrian Sites • The Civil War’s Battle of Aiken • The Live Oak Canopy on South Boundary • A guided walk through Hopel...

Aiken Downtown Development Association

Welcome to the 8th Annual Horses and Courses Art Walk.

Horses and Courses Art Walk Set For April 9, 2019 in Downtown Aiken

Join us Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5 - 8 pm in downtown Aiken for the 8th Annual Horses and Courses Art Walk!
NOTE: A post stating that it was rescheduled for Wednesday was retracted.


Like and share this post for a chance to win "Nights of Horseplay," by Steve Gordy. Stories in the book were written by members of the Aiken Scribblers along with the author who donated the book. Steve and several other local authors are participating in the 8th Annual Horses and Courses Art Walk on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm. The winner will be notified on Monday, April 8th and can pick up the book at the event.
Aiken Downtown Development Association City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Did you know that the City of Aiken Parks & Recreation has 8 outdoor dedicated pickleball courts and up to 9 indoor courts, depending on the gym schedule ? Additionally, there are several Aiken neighborhoods and clubs that have indoor and outdoor courts. A plethora of Pickleball potential! is a great source of local Pickleball information.

Aiken in April 2019

Hot off the press! Our E-News delivered to you. Enjoy!

Have guests in town next week? Take them on a historic trolley tour! Additional tours will be offered beginning next Wednesday. The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will also have extended hours next week: Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.

Did you know that April is recognized in Aiken as National Pickleball Month? We invite our citizens and visitors to pick up a paddle and ball and experience the physical, mental and emotional health pickleball brings to our community.

Stop by The Alley today to write your thoughts...

Before I die I want to...COME TO THE ALLEY AND LET THE WORLD KNOW! #DowntownAiken #BeforeIDieAiken

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Aiken, SC – The results from Southern Living Magazine's "South's Best" are in and Aiken was voted the fourth Best Small Town in the south out of 10 selected towns.

Surpassing in votes the towns of Fairhope, AL, Columbia, TN, Gatlinburg, TN, Bluffton, SC, Cleveland, MS and Blowing Rock, NC, Aiken once again stands out not only as a vibrant equestrian community but one that is rich in historic charm and tradition. The towns of Beaufort, SC, Beaufort, NC and St. Augustine, FL rounded out the top three.

The Southern Living survey was developed by the editors of Southern Living, in association with a third-party individual research firm, was made available at from November 9, 2018, to December 4, 2018.

The City of Aiken congratulates our own Wilcox Hotel which placed first as The South’s Best Hotel.

Did you know that the opera that is part of Joye In Aiken, Dido and Aeneas, will be performed in London, Versailles and Aiken? "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell, featuring the Juilliard Opera and Juilliard415, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., as part of Joye in Aiken.

We are excited to walk on the red carpet, are you? Register today to win 2 VIP passes.

Who's ready for The Southern City Film Festival, besides Mr. Aiken?!

Better yet, who wants to win 2 VIP PASSES?!

Follow the steps below to be entered to win 2 FREE VIP PASSES for this weekend's events! The winner will be announced tomorrow at 3:00 PM.

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The SOUTHERN CITY® Film Festival kicks off TOMORROW in the heart of our downtown. With the VIP Pass you will have access to all amazing films, educational workshops, and the SCFF Awards Ceremony!

For more information on Southern City or to purchase a ticket, please visit

Things to Do in Aiken That Will Steal Your Heart Away! | Visit Aiken SC

Did you know that Aiken began with a railroad and a love story? This is why you need to visit us! Things to Do in Aiken That Will Steal Your Heart Away!

We are excited about Mardi Gras tomorrow! Are you?

Who’s ready to celebrate Mardi Gras tomorrow night?

Who doesn’t love a FREE T-SHIRT?!!!!

Follow the steps below to be entered to win a free Abita t-shirt!!! The winner will be announced tomorrow at 3:00pm and can pick up their shirt at the event. GO!

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Did you know?

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum highlights African Americans with permanent exhibits inside the museum located at Hopelands Gardens.

Aiken in February 2019

Your February E-News, hot off the press. Enjoy!
Editors Note: Correction - Mardi Gras is on Saturday, February 9th.

Are you seeing a lot of red today? That's because it's National Wear Red Day. Join us to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. Share your pictures with us showing your support! #WearRedDay

Did you know? Horses have right of way. Aiken is one of the only cities where horses have the right of way. A stoplight (with a button to push) is located on Whiskey Road, one of Aiken's busiest roads, for horse riders to safely cross.

USC Aiken

Save the date!

Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken presents the 2019 Aiken Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The event will be held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Aiken SC. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the program begins at 3:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Patricia Russell-McCloud, best-selling author and acclaimed orator. The event will be hosted by Ms. Renetta DuBose, anchor at WJBF NewsChannel 6 and feature musical performances by the Aiken Community Choir. There will also be a service fair from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. highlighting area nonprofit organizations.

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New Year 2019

Looking for New Year’s Eve plans? We’ve got you covered! It's countdown to say goodbye to 2018 as we welcome 2019, and there is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in charming Aiken! From el...

New Year 2019

Merry Christmas Eve! Hot off the press is our E-Newsletter. It's countdown to say goodbye to 2018 as we welcome 2019, and there is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in charming Aiken! From el...

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Happy Holidays from Mayor Rick and First Lady Angela Osbon

Holiday and Christmas Message from Mayor Rick and First Lady Angela Osbon

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

The City of Aiken was incorporated on December 19, 1835. The Best Small Town in the South truly has a rich history and culture. Today, our city celebrates its 183rd birthday.
Happy Birthday, Aiken!!

Congratulations to the Garden Club of Aiken winner of Best in Show at our Festival of Trees!

What a magical event! Thank you to all who attended and to our dedicated volunteers!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Santa will be at the Depot in two days! Thank you Chick-fil-A Aiken for your donation!

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in partnership with the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot will host their 7th Annual Santa at the Depot.

WHEN: Saturday, December 15th 10 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum (406 Park Ave SE)

Festival of Trees | Visit Aiken SC

It's countdown to vote Best in Show for the "Festival of Trees" at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Vote by Friday, December 14 by 5 p.m. Join us for the second annual Festival of Trees at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum December 1st - December 29th!

A Farmers Market Christmas

Fantastic turnout at the Aiken County Farmers Market for Christmas Crafts at the Market! Come see us next Saturday! A Christmas craft show at the Aiken County Farmers Market.

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406 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC

Opening Hours

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00
Other Tourist Information Centers in Aiken (show all)
Aiken County Visitors Center Aiken County Visitors Center
133 Laurens St NW
Aiken, 29801

Your 1st Stop in Aiken County, SC

Thoroughbred Country South Carolina Thoroughbred Country South Carolina
2748 Wagener Road (POB 850, 29802)
Aiken, 29801

Feel the thundering hooves of horses; smell the homemade bread baking; sample the fresh peaches and strawberries; view Civil War and living history; enjoy the songs of birds in our natural areas. Thoroughbred Country - We're Way More than Horses!

208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast, Aiken, South Carolina 208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast, Aiken, South Carolina
208 Abbeville Ave NW
Aiken, 29801

Fully restored 100-year-old home has three large bedrooms with full baths. Delicious breakfast served daily by the owner, local chef, Bruce Shipman.

Tailored Tours of Aiken Tailored Tours of Aiken
Park Avenue
Aiken, 29801

Private guided tours, tailored to specific areas of interest, are offered to groups of 1 to 7 people.