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.
It's officially Hurricane Season and the SC 2020 Hurricane Guide is now available. Be prepared and stay safe.
Hurricane season is here. Review this valuable resource. Have a plan to be safe. https://scemd.org/stay-informed/publications/hurricane-guide/?fbclid=IwAR1kLUoBRsa5eXaa3b1IeHsAu7jCRib2b4cA3_3dU5g27qEbsijijTfBslE
Betsy Hughes is displaying her work with us for the month of June. This unique fiber art is something you must see in person. Please remember we are limiting two visitors at a time but are gladly accommodating everyone who comes to visit.
Our hours are Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00.
This Alabama couple is in Aiken celebrating their honeymoon! So far they've enjoyed several local parks while picnicking and horseback riding. I just sent them toward South Boundary Ave to see the Live Oak Canopy and then suggested a stop at Redcliffe Plantation Historical Site! Congratulations to these newlyweds and we hope they enjoy their visit to Aiken County!
Check out South on Whiskey for a mini golf adventure while visiting Aiken County!
Ready for some fun? Join us with the family for mini golf and batting cages! We keep mini golf equipment sanitized before and after use and you bring your own equipment for the batting cages. We keep it safe and fun for all!
Hours of operation: Sat 10am - 9pm
Sun 1pm - 7pm
Check out this charming article about Aiken County Farmers Market and a few local farmers in Aiken.
Get your tickets and mark your calendars! 🎶 You don't want to miss the new concert series coming to the Monetta Drive-In Theatre "The Big MO". First up TOBYMAC & The Diversecity Band LIVE in concert June 23rd! Read the full post from the Monetta Drive-In Theatre for more information and guidelines while attending the concert.
Awakening Events, Inc. has rented the drive-in to present a series of LIVE & IN PERSON concerts. First up is Grammy award winning Christian music artist TOBYMAC on Tuesday, June 23. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.driveintheatertour.com/tobymac/062320. No tickets will be sold at the drive-in. All ticket inquiries should be directed to Awakening Events (www.facebook.com/awakeningevents).
We feel this concert might provide us a good opportunity to test COVID-19 safety measures before we reopen for movies sometime later this summer.
The following rules will apply to all attending:
*customers will be required to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose when they are away from their vehicles;
*50% capacity will be imposed on each field – that is, one vehicle per each set of posts;
*a 6-foot distance between customers must be maintained at concessions and in bathroom lines;
*other rules may be instituted as needed.
For those who have never attended the drive-in, please see our FAQ page at www.TheBigMO.com.
Just a reminder we will be CLOSED today in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen tomorrow for our normal business hours. Have a safe holiday!
We will be CLOSED this Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday for our normal business hours. Have a safe holiday!
Boyd Pond Park Disc Golf Course is open and ready for visitors!
Hours are dawn to dusk.
We will be CLOSED this Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday for our normal business hours. Have a safe holiday weekend!
Aiken Memorial Day Parade
In lieu of our parade this year, we are encouraging our community to take a moment this Saturday, May 23rd at 11:00am to remember those who have fallen protecting our freedom. At that time, Shellhouse Funeral Home will solemnly follow our parade route alone in remembrance.
Thank you Rob Shellhouse and the Aiken community.
Tune in at 8:00pm for story time before bed!
In tonight's episode of "Story Time" Superintendent Laurence reads "The Napping House” written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood. We hope you enjoy tonight's reading with a very special THANK YOU to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! #acpsdSuperintendentStoryTime
Enter the Chalk the Walk Contest!
Read below for more information 😁🎨
DON’T FORGET TO ENTER‼️‼️‼️ Share with all your artsy friends‼️‼️‼️
CHALK YOUR WALK CONTEST
Open to everyone!
HOW TO SUBMIT …
🎨Create your masterpiece
📸Take a picture
💻Email to [email protected] by May 2️⃣2️⃣.
🌟Subject Line: Chalk the Walk Entry
🌈Please include creator’s name and age.
🔴Best of COVID-19
🟠Best Inspirational Saying
🟡Best in Show
🟢ACPRT DIRECTOR Favorite
🟣Best Elementary Masterpiece
🟤Best Family Masterpiece
☑️Winners will receive bragging rights and be announced on May 2️⃣6️⃣!
We love fresh fruit!
Visit this link to find peaches and berries near you!
Boyd Pond Parks trail is open!
Check out this beautiful picture on the nature trail.
These are the types of afternoons we dream of. Where will your next trail adventure take you? Photo features views from the Boyd Pond Park nature trail in Aiken County. #thoroughbredcountrysc #discoversc #boydpondpark
Be sure to check with South Carolina State Parks before you go!
You can also visit www.discoveraikencounty.com for exploring Aiken County.
The following parks have reported that they are at capacity and closed to day-use visitors at 4:20pm (5/16/20):
Little Pee Dee
These parks will not reopen until a safe capacity is reached. Many of our parks are back to normal capacity and do close for periods of time on weekends because they are full.
**NOTE: This post will be updated if we receive information. Please know, parks could close or reopen, and we are not aware. Thanks for your understanding & patience.
Check out this post sharing some of Aiken County's history!
Construction began on the #SavannahRiverSite H Canyon Chemical Separation Facility in May 1951. Construction lasted three years, with startup in 1955. The facility’s operations historically recovered uranium and neptunium from fuel tubes used in nuclear reactors at the Site, to produce radioactive materials used in making nuclear weapons. After the end of the Cold War, the facility’s mission changed to one of nonproliferation and environmental cleanup. #70YearsOfService #TBT
Eudora Farms now has more days available to enjoy their drive-thru safari!
We are happy to announce that we have expanded our Safari Drive Thru days!
You can now come visit us during the week!
We will be opening at 11:00am today.
We will be opening at 11:00am tomorrow Friday, May 15th.
How cool is this!
Check in every Thursday for new shows!
Virtual In-home Planetarium (VIP) Experience
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center's Dupont Planetarium, in partnership with Evans & Sutherland, the world's leading producer and distributor of full-dome planetarium shows, is offering the community the Virtual In-home Planetarium (VIP) Experience. For the next few weeks the Dupont Planetarium will release a new show on Thursdays at http://www.usca.edu/planetarium/VIP.
USC Aiken, Evans & Sutherland
Enjoy this quarantine parody filmed at Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast!
How Scarlett O'Hara handled quarantine at Tara in the old south...A parody of the classic 1939 film, Gone With The Wind. Hope this little stay-at-home family…
Need a get out and do something day? Check out Boyd Pond Park's 2-mile hiking trail or Langley Pond Park's 2.8 mile loop trail. These trails are open and ready for some foot traffic!
Visit www.discoveraikencounty.com for more information!
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Eudora Farms has officially opened their drive-thru safari! We don't want to give it all away, but here are a few candid shots from our visit today. If you love up-close encounters with animals like we do, then head out to Salley, SC where you can not only see these beautiful animals but you can also feed them. Check their website for hours of operation and admission fees. If you have already been, share a photo of your visit in the comments below.
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Gravatt Camp and Conference Center
T-Minus 4 days until Gravatt Tunes LIVE with Scott Rankin and Kenny George of the Kenny George Band! Tune in at 7pm for some tunes with friends and check out the schedule for the rest of the summer!
May 8, 2020
Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
133 Laurens St. NW
Aiken, SC 29801
Email: [email protected]
Local Tourism Development Grant Applications and Guidelines 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 contact page and in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office of the Aiken County Government Center.
These funds must be used for tourism development, 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. The Local Accommodations Tax Funds are for TOURISM RELATED PROJECTS as described:
(a) Tourism-related buildings including, but not limited to, civic centers, coliseums, and aquariums;
(b) Tourism-related cultural, recreational or historic facilities;
(c) Tourism-related land and water access;
(d) Highways, roads, streets, and bridges, providing access to tourist destinations;
(e) Water and sewer infrastructure to serve tourism-related demands.
Projects must take place and be completed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Deadline for receipt of your application is 5:00pm on June 19, 2020. There will be a public workshop held in the Aiken County Government Center June 12, 2020 at 5:30pm to assist with the application process. Please rsvp by 5:00pm June 8, 2020 to [email protected] or 803-642-7557 if you plan on attending the workshop.
To receive an application and requirement guidelines, call or email:
803-642-7557 [email protected]
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Are you as excited as we are!? 🤗🦓🐪🐂🦙
Eudora Farms is opening a Drive-Thru Safari on Friday, May 8th! Read below for more information on admission, days and times. We can't wait to check it out for ourselves.
This Friday!! Just in time for Mother’s Day!!! Watch channel 6 news tonight for more info!
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Feel the thundering hooves of horses; smell the homemade bread baking; sample the fresh peaches and berries; view Civil War and living history; enjoy the songs of birds in our natural areas. Thoroughbred Country - We're Way More than Horses!
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.
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!