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! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @VisitAikenSC for updates what is happening in Aiken and around Aiken County!

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How can social distancing get any better than a drive-in safari? Visit Eudora Farms for the safari fall festival! #discoveraikensc #keepaikensafe

October Visit Aiken E-News

Hot off the press! October E-News. Social Distance - The Aiken Way Discover Aiken's Southern Charm in this breathtaking fall air! While life in general may not look quite the same, ...

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

We hope you enjoy our second video installment featuring our City Manager, Stuart Bedenbaugh. We are celebrating 50 years of Hopelands Gardens being a part of the City of Aiken and the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch.

For a detailed overview of the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch click the link below.

Hopeland Gardens is the kind of place that reminds you of who you truly are. The peaceful gardens featuring 100-year-old oak trees were bequeathed to the City of Aiken by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin. The American heiress and sportswoman was the first woman to compete as a crew member in the America's Cup yacht race. To top off her achievements, Mrs. Iselin is believed to have planted the cedars and oaks which still grace Hopelands Gardens today. #discoveraikensc #keepaikensafe

Rainy days are perfect for exploring the Aiken County Museum. #discoveraikensc #cityofaikensc

Let's get in the harvest spirit and decorate downtown! #downtownaiken

Fall has arrived! #falltravel

Happy First Day of Fall. Let’s find a perfect place to unpack and unwind. Start making your plans now for a trip to look forward to later. #ThoroughbredCountrySC #DiscoverSC #LetsMakePlans #falltravel

Did you know? Aiken County was one of the first "railroad towns" to spring up in the mid 1830s when the world's longest railroad was built connecting Charleston on the coast and Hamburg on the Savannah River. The town is named for the president of that 136 mile long railroad, William Aiken. #discoveraikensc #cityofaikensc

What does a dream day in Aiken look like to you? #discoveraikensc #tbredcountrysc #keepaikensafe

The Aiken way to have fun and social distance. Visit us soon for some polo!

All eyes on the prize 🏆 | Keep an eye out for this front runner, @willie29801, who'll be making his first game appearance of the season this Sunday in the black @sigpoloteam jersey for the @uspoloassociation 8G Nat'l President's Cup. Willie, alongside local favorite Deep Singh @instadeep, Malia Bryan @maliabryan (thats right the YOUNGEST female player to ever play in the U.S. Open), and long-time Aiken native, Alan Martinez @aempolo, will be taking on Bottega (Frank Stitt, Hope Arellano @hopearellano, Adam Snow @adamcrockersnow, Nachi Viana @nachiviana) in the first Sunday Polo game of the Fall season. Get ready folks, because its going to be a good one!
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Let’s start planning the next time you wish to unpack and unwind. Book now for a trip to look forward to. Link in bio. #letsmakeplans #thewillcox #discoveraikensc

Hopelands Gardens

Happy 50th Anniversary to Hopelands Gardens! #hopelands50 #discoversc

Hopelands Gardens is celebrating 50 years of being part of the City of Aiken. As a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, we will be releasing a series of videos highlighting this crowned jewel of the City and the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch who have partnered with us throughout the years.

We hope you enjoy our first video featuring Mayor Rick Osbon.

For a detailed overview of the 50th Anniversary from the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch click the link below.

Nothing can stop us from dreaming and Aiken, SC has plenty of inspiration. We are proud to support the @LetsGoThereCoalition and remind Americans the benefits of planning ahead for future trips. #LetsMakePlans #discoveraikensc #southboundaryavenue

Aiken Downtown Development Association

The Labor Day Sidewalk Sale kicks off TODAY!!!! Check out our stories to see all of the weekend steals or visit

Visit Aiken September E-News 2020

Hot off the press September E-News! Make Labor Day plans for the weekend. Social Distance - The Aiken Way Discover Aiken's Southern Charm! While life in general may not look quite the same, we welcome you to the beautifu...

Let's go fishing!

SC Wildlife magazine calendar says September 1 & 2 are two of the best days to fish this month. Check our website for Thoroughbred Country South Carolina locations. Information available 24/7/365. #thoroughbredcountrysc #DiscoverSC #SCDNR

It's Friday! Make plans for tonight. Why not check out the watering holes for cooling off and social distancing? #keepaikensafe #downtownaiken

It's National Dog Day, and it is no secret that charming Aiken is the best travel location for families with furry ones. Even Travelocity named Aiken the pet-friendliest city in the Southeast. Make plans to bring your pooch with you on your next trip to Aiken! (photo creds: buttermilk.anderconk) #NationalDogDay

Did you know today is National Waffle Day? Treat yourself!

Voted as one of the best hotels in the world, The Willcox offers southern hospitality at its finest with services that include a salon and spa, an on-site restaurant and bar, poolside dining and a pool for swimming, a market and grocery, and room service. Plan a weekend getaway soon!

Eudora Farms | Visit Aiken SC

How can social distancing get any better than a drive-in safari? Eudora Farms is a drive-thru safari where guests can ride in the comfort and safety of their own cars. (Photo Creds: Amy Holley Pryor) Eudora Farms Drive-Thru Safari is open from Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at an introductory rate of $20 per vehicle. $5 cups of animal food may be purchased in addition. The farm is closed Monday and Tuesday. As guests drive their own vehicles through the drive-thru safari,...

Free yourself outside and stroll some of the most whimsical paths and gardens. Radiating throughout the gardens is a network of paths shaded under 100 year old live oaks. The lazy curves of the paths and garden borders lead visitors throughout a wonderful variety of experiences at Hopelands Gardens.

Aiken makes social distancing so easy for the outdoor enthusiast!
#keepaikensafe #cityofaikensc

Aiken Downtown Development Association

We are so excited to welcome La Parisienne French restaurant & bakery to downtown!!!! They opened the bakery today and plan to serve their full menu by the end of the week!!!

It's hump day! Why not start making plans for the weekend? Did you know that set along the South Edisto River, the Aiken State Park offers canoeing, kayaking and fishing with peaceful picnicking areas, a campground and hiking trails? It is a breathtaking river for social distancing. Photo Creds: SCPRT

Did you know that today is National Spoil Your Dog Day? Get out and treat your dog today! #downtownaiken

The great news is that you can still shop!

COVID unraveled Aiken's Makin' this year, but don't despair you can still shop and find great gifts and treasures from the artists and vendors. Visit

Exhibitors please check your email for further information.

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Social Distance - The Aiken Way | Visit Aiken SC

Social Distance - The Aiken Way! #keepaikensafe Discover Aiken's Southern Charm! While life in general may not look quite the same, we welcome you to the beautiful haven that Aiken is to many.

August E-News 2020

Hot off the press! Visit Aiken E-News. #keepaikensafe Social Distance - The Aiken Way Discover Aiken's Southern Charm! While life in general may not look quite the same, we welcome you to the beautifu...

Breathtaking view for social distancing... #keepaikensafe

#TbredFreeFriday Take a quiet walk at Brick Pond Park and enjoy nature. #ThoroughbredCountrySC #DiscoverSC

We are so excited about this stunning mural in The Alley! It's located next to the Municipal Building. Beautiful job Erika Parker Rogers Art! #aikenmurals

Stay tuned... something new is on the way!

Nothing beats the heat like a sweet treat! Swing by Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe for ice cream today (and snag some candy for later)!

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406 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC

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