Your 1st Stop in Aiken County, SC
We're here to make your visit a memorable one. Start at the Aiken County Visitor Center for information, maps and unique gifts. We'll tell you where all the great sites are in Aiken County, SC.
Aiken Ice Cream had to leave for the day! However, she will be back on Friday, May 17th with FOTAS! Stop by and see us then!
Aiken Ice Cream is back today from 12pm-3pm!! Her first customers of the day were excited to see her cart! What beats the heat on this beautiful day! Why ice cream of course! 🍦
The South Carolina's Best Peaches and Berries 2019 Guide is now available!
Looking for somewhere fun to send the kiddos while you're at work this summer!? Look no further and get them signed up for the Aiken County Recreation Center's Summer Camp! Also, beat the heat by stopping by the their swimming pool! Available to the public for a small enterance fee per person per day.
We are 5 weeks and 3 days away! Now is the time to register your little one for camp!
We are 5 weeks and 1 day away from the pool opening! 10 am to 2 pm! FREE SWIM!
Call us for more info!
May 4th is Derby Day! 🏇 Looking for that perfect refreshing drink to toast a run for the roses!? 🍹Look no further, we now carry Carolina Mint Tea from Charleston Tea Plantation.
Join the National Park Prescription (Park Rx) Initiative and get outdoors! Aiken County has several beautiful parks that are accessible for exercise! Langley Pond Park, Boyd Pond Park, Aiken County Recreation Center, and Harrison-Caver Park are just a few that have walking trails. Read the below article to learn more about Park Rx!
aikenstandard.com You probably know that exercise is good for you and that daily physical activity – going for a walk, for example – is associated with improved health. A lower risk
National Travel and Tourism week is next week, May 5th-11th.
This is "National Travel and Tourism Week 2019 | Travel Matters" by U.S. Travel on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
May is here! So May I introduce this months artist, Phill Yarborough.
Stop in and view his wonderful work!
Head over to Harrison-Caver Park today from 10am-2pm for the Sensory Sensitive & Special Needs Touch-A-Truck event!
Sensory Sensitive Touch-A-Truck
Have ya'll seen the new way to get around downtown Aiken!? 🚗 Give it a try next time you want to go from the Aiken County Visitors Center to the Aiken County Historical Museum! Oh, did I mention... It's FREE!
Want a free ride to get you around to all your destinations downtown?! This is it!!
Text “FREELOAD” to 555-888 to get your ride now.
We are not being paid for this post it’s just AMAZING!!
The Big Mo is open! Take your family to see the stars 🎥 under the stars ⭐️!
Love Bluegrass music!? Don't miss The Aiken Bluegrass Festival May 10th & 11th at the Western Carolina Fairgrounds. For more information and ticket prices visit the link below.
discoversouthcarolina.com To get this right out of the way right off the bat, they love parties. They love bluegrass. Eventually, they got to wondering what would happen if they combined these two loves to create a big bluegrass party, and by cracky, The Aiken Bluegrass Festival was born! Previously held at High Fields, just...
Happy Easter from the Aiken County Visitors Center!
Just a reminder the Aiken County Visitors Center is closed today!
🚨Aiken County Visitors Closing Alert!🚨
National Travel & Tourism Week is May 5th-11th. Stop by the North Augusta Welcome Center on I-20, May 10th from 9am-4pm to celebrate!
Don't miss the 13th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour on April 27th from 10am-5pm. Purchase a ticket and get the chance to visit 13 "Historic Gems" in Beech Island. One you should not miss is The Jarrett Museum, Owned by Kenny Jarrett.
Dedicated to the memories of his grandmother and his uncle. Kenny Jarrett, owner of Jarrett Rifles, built this two-story private museum in 2006 to house his vast collection of Native American and Civil War artifacts and hunting trophies from all over the world. In 2011, he enlarged the museum to include his 50 year plus collection of Civil War pistols.
For more information and Historic Sites visit the website below.
Don't miss the 13th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour featuring homes, churches, cemeteries and other Historic Sites, April 27th from 10am-5pm. The following 13 places can be visited at your leisure and in any order you choose, except Site #3, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, with tour times at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
1. All Saints Episcopal Church
2. First Baptist Church of Beech Island
3. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
4. Hammond Cemetery (Beech Island Cemetery)
5. The Dr. John Galphin Home, Owned by Dr. Charles G. Larke
6. The Jarret Museum, Owned by Kenny Jarrett
7. Beech Island Historical Society Visitors Center & Barn
8. The Beech Island Country Store
9. Silver Bluff Missionary Baptist Church & Schoolhouse
10. Meyer Brothers' Swiss Settlers' Farm & Home Site
11. Zubly Cemetery
12. Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary
13. Risher Cabin & Upper Pond
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 and $15 for Senior Citizens at the Aiken County Visitors Center, Beech Island First Citizens Bank, North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta, Jackson Municipal Complex. Or day of, at Site #7 for $25 and $20 Senior Citizens. BBQ dinners available for $10 at Site #7. All proceeds benefit The Beech Island Historical Society, Inc.
More information available at http://www.beechislandhistory.org/
We are nearing the end of Masters Week ⛳️ here in Aiken County! If you had the chance to stop in this week, we had a guessing game going on at the Aiken County Visitors Center! Marty from Aiken County is one of our winners, she was just a few tees shy of guessing the actual total! Congratulations Marty!! 🎉 We hope you enjoy your prize!
Unfortunately the Book Signing with Brian Boger is canceled tomorrow, but will be rescheduled soon!
Stay tuned for the new date!
It's Masters Week ⛳️
Not a golf enthusiast!? That's okay. Aiken County has plenty to offer that's not golf related. Take an adventure over to Beech Island and tour Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site.The grounds are open daily from 9am - 6pm. House Tours are Thursday - Monday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Park admission is free, however, House Tours are $7.50 for adults, $5 for SC Seniors and students (age 6-16). Children age 5 and under are free.
For more information click the link below.
southcarolinaparks.com Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is one of the state’s historic plantations. South Carolina State Historic Sites are big fun for the family!
It's Masters Week ⛳️
The nation's second-oldest club at the same location, is located in Aiken, the Palmetto Golf Club, begun in 1892. Since then, the venerable course has undergone a number of updates, the most recent in 2005.
Short by modern standards, it's the toughest 6,713 yards (back tees) you'll ever play, with elevated, undulating greens, wicked bunkers and rolling terrain. Palmetto allows public play during Masters Week, with greens fees, cart, range balls and lunch for $300.
Read the entire article by Discover South Carolina, "Watch in Augusta, play in South Carolina: Masters week 4-day itinerary" by clicking the link below.
discoversouthcarolina.com It’s a time-honored tradition for Masters-goers to spend half a day watching the PGA Tour guys, then hand off the coveted badges to friends and head out to play a quick 18 holes – or vice versa. So where are you going?
A great tour option in Aiken County!
It's Masters Week ⛳️
Golf seems to be all that's on our minds this week! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Masters and join the local businesses and talented artists in downtown Aiken for the annual Horses n' Courses Art Walk from 5pm - 8pm. Downtown businesses will stay open late to welcome you, local visual and performing artists will be in front of every store front. It's an evening you don't want to miss.
Come on in, take a look and find the perfect artwork and jewelry for you!
Laurie Scahill Adamson artwork is displayed (Sanctuary Farms Artwork) along with our jewelry in the Aiken Visitor’s Center downtown! Go check it out 💜 All sales - 10% goes to Miss Lexi for her therapy dog training💜🐾
Displaying for April will be Sanctuary Farms Artwork and LexiKay Jewelry!
Check out the lovely pieces!
It's Masters Week ⛳️
What better way than to kickoff the week then with a "Hidden Gem"!?
South Carolina is known for some prestigious golf courses. One that made the Hidden Gems List on DiscoverSouthCarolina.com is The Aiken Golf Club -Est. 1912. One of the state's oldest courses; a smalltown design by an architect who has produced some of the state's best layouts; and the product of a PGA Tour star in a site so isolated, you'll need a GPS.
Click the link to read the article about The Aiken Golf Club.
It's Masters week ya'll!
That means a week of fun and tradition.
Stop in the store and see what great goodies we have along with sales and giveaways!
Also, this week will be packed with events, Horses & Courses and Book Signing with Brian Boger, just to name a few. Check out www.discoveraikencounty.com for more events!
See ya'll soon!
Uncle Raymond just moved here from Tampa, FL. His family is showing him around Aiken today and stopped in the Aiken County Visitors Center to introduce him, snap a photo in front of our photo-op and learn a little bit about Aiken's history! Welcome to Aiken County Uncle Raymond!
Searching for a new best furry 🐶 friend is now easier with the Aiken County Animal Shelters new extended adoption hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Also, join them in celebration on the first Tuesday and Thursday of April 2nd & 4th from 5pm-7pm for pizza and door prizes!
STARTING NEXT MONTH, THE AIKEN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER WILL HAVE NEW, EXTENDED ADOPTION HOURS!
Fun Fact Friday....
Upper Three Runs Creek is a20-mile waterway that meanders through hardwood and cypress forests on the 310-square-mile Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC. It empties into the Savannah River. The creek is a blackwater stream because of its high concentration of naturally occurring tannic acid that gives the water its tea color. Scientists have recorded more than 575 species of aquatic insects in the Upper Three Runs, probably giving it the second highest level of aquatic insect biodiversity in the world.
Though scientists have documented more than 575 species of auquatic insects in Upper Three Runs Creek, the figure does not include other species of invertebrates. These include round worms, crayfish, other large crustaceans and mussels. Altogether, the stream may contain as many as 700 invertebrate species. Upper Three Runs is the only known locality of the blackbanded sunfish and the turquoise darter in the Savannah River drainage.
This post made courtesy by http://archive-srel.uga.edu/outreach/factsheet/upperthreeruns.html
With Spring comes new scents!
Stop in and get your own unique Aiken County candles from Iron Gate Candles LLC.
Easter event 2019
We still have tickets available at the Aiken County Visitors Center! 🏇Stop in tomorrow between 8:30am-5pm to get yours. Cash or Check only.
It's not too late to get your tickets! Visit the Training Track office! #2Days
Have you always wanted to learn how to fish or learn some new tricks!!?? Take advantage of this free Family Fishing Clinic at Camp Gravatt on April 9th from 10am-2pm. Be sure to pre-register for your spot, as there are only 15 spots available.
www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed to register.
dnr.sc.gov The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section’s mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina’s natural resources.
Have you heard!? The Aiken Spring Steeplechase is only 2 weeks away! Don't walk, race to the Aiken County Visitors Center to get your tickets before the big day! 🏇
We had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful group of visitors and two amazing furry friends from Iowa and North Carolina!
Have fun exploring Aiken County guys!
*Woof Woof* to the two of you too!
Fun Fact Friday...
Did you know that the Aiken County Farmers market is the oldest continuous farmers market in SC, and is open every Saturday year-round, and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer.
This post made courtesy of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
Spring is just around the corner! With Spring comes the buzzing of hoofbeats...🐎 and the Aiken Equestrian Life comes alive. The March Horse Trials at Stable View is one equestrian event you don't want to miss. The show includes Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels, and offers up to $20,000 in prize money. The sport of eventing is the equivalent of a horse triathlon: each horse and rider pair must complete three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Ultimately, the horse and rider pair with the fewest penalty points is the winner of the division-and some prize money! The Horse Trials will run all day Tuesday, March 19th (tentative schedule released the week before), is FREE for spectators and will have a food vendor on-site. For more information please visit www.stableviewfarm.com
aikenstandard.com WARRENVILLE — A groundbreaking ceremony was held in the rain Thursday for a $1.15 million Aiken County government project to build a finish line tower at Langley Pond Park.
Spring must be around the corner if this weekend is opening weekend for the Monetta Drive-In Theatre "The Big MO"!! Visit their website for what's playing each weekend as well as admission fees! Enjoy watching movies under the stars! 🍿📽⭐️
OPENING WEEKEND OF THE 2019 SEASON!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
March 1, 2, & 3
Main Field: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) & Green Book (PG-13 Best Picture Oscar Winner)
Screen 2: A Madea Family Funeral & The Upside (both PG-13)
Screen 3: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (PG Best Animated Movie Oscar Winner) & Aquaman (PG-13)
Gates open at 6:30, earlier if needed.
First movie on each screen starts at about 7:30.
Next weekend: Captain Marvel
Interested in remote control airplanes!?🛩 Stop by Harrison- Caver Park to see a demonstration by Quan & his buddies!
Do not forget to come by Saturday, February 23 between 10AM - 12 Noon at Harrison Caver Park for the free remote control airplane demonstration. Quan & his buddies have several planes they are planning on flying.
The Southern City Film Festival starts tonight and continues throughout the weekend! 🎬
Come walk the red carpet tonight and enjoy our signature @titosvodka cocktails, eat some great food, listen to good music, and hear from a few amazing filmmakers from around the country all for a good cause! #scff19
February 22, 2019
Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
133 Laurens St. NW
Aiken, SC 29801
Email: [email protected]
FY20 State Marketing Grant Applications are now available from the Aiken County Visitors Center at 133 Laurens St. NW, Aiken, SC. They can also be found on www.discoveraikencounty.com on the contact page and in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office of the Aiken County Government Center.
These funds must be used for marketing and advertising tourism related events and programs, with the priority of funding to be in the unincorporated areas of Aiken County. The available tax funds are collected in the unincorporated areas of Aiken County through accommodations and are to be distributed in a manner to replenish the accommodations tax base. Applicants should have 50% matching funds.
Projects must take place and be completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Deadline for receipt of your application is 5:00pm on March 29, 2019 at the Visitors Center. We will notify applicants of any errors or missing information if turned in by March 22, 2019.
To receive an application and guidelines, call or email:
803-642-7557 [email protected]
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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!
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!
Private guided tours, tailored to specific areas of interest, are offered to groups of 1 to 7 people.
Fully restored 100-year-old home has three large bedrooms with full baths. Delicious breakfast served daily by the owner, local chef, Bruce Shipman.