Things to Do in Aiken County
Aiken Center for the Arts
The center features regular gallery exhibits by local, state and regional artists. A variety of local artists and center members display works for sale year-round. The center also hosts programs and events throughout the year and offers instruction in a variety of mediums. The center has 3 galleries, a gift shop and classrooms for programs.
AECOM Center for the Performing Arts
This state-of-the-art theater is home to the Aiken Community Playhouse (ACP) which has recorded over 50 seasons and the Aiken Performing Arts Group (APAG). The theater seats approximately 300 in addition to the 32 seat Hospitality Suite/Balcony. ACP offers a full season of comedy, drama and musical plays. APAG presents national and international professional shows through the season
Aiken County Historical Museum
The museum is housed in a 1931 Winter Colony mansion, one of only two open to the public. Three floors of exhibits tell the history of Aiken County from past to present. A one-room school from the 1890's and an 1808 log cabin are also on the museum grounds. Guided tours available with advanced notice.
Aiken Trolley Tour
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 and the Winter Colony residents. You'll also enjoy a guided walk through Hopelands Gardens and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum (weather permitting). The tour is offered Saturdays from 10 am until 12 pm (weather permitting). Tours depart from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Customized tours available.
Aiken's Historic Downtown
Surrounded by a one of a kind parkway system and bordered by beautiful beds of flowers, the area offers unique dining and shopping choices including art galleries, antiques, gift shops, a brew pub and a variety of restaurants. Downtown is also home to the Aiken Center for the Arts, the Aiken County Historical Museum and the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts.
Beech Island Historical Society Visitors and History Center
Renovated old country store that tells the history of the Beech Island area. One of the oldest settlements in South Carolina, the area was known as Savannah Town, a meager trading post, as far back as 1685. The area grew to become one of the most important Indian trade centers in the state. A fort was built in 1716 to guard the western end of the colony. Tours of the Beech Island area are also available by appointment.
The 45 seat planetarium is equipped with state-of-the art special effects systems and is augmented by sundials and telescopes. Various shows are available throughout the year. Located on the University of South Carolina-Aiken campus.
Located on the University of South Carolina-Aiken campus. The center's scheduled includes a cultural series, performances by university students, children's plays and regular displays in the gallery. Various other performances and events are also scheduled throughout the year.
Hole-N-One Miniature Golf & Games
Family fun center with 18 holes of challenging mini golf, baseball and softball batting cages (all lit for night play), interactive video and redemption prize arcade, snack bar.
This 14-acre park was the former estate of Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin. Mrs. Iselin wished that her gardens would be preserved for the enjoyment of others so she left her estate to the city. The house was later removed and the area is now occupied by three reflecting pools. A Touch and Scent Trail for the visually impaired was developed. The wetlands area is home to fish and many ducks. The performing arts stage hosts a concert series May through August. The gardens are also host to various other events including a display of Christmas lights. Also on the property is the Doll House, former playhouse of Mrs. Iselin's children, and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
1859 Greek Revival antebellum mansion of James Henry Hammond. Held by the family through four generations then donated to the State Park Service in 1975. The house is complete with furniture, decorative arts and artwork from the various periods of occupation. Also on the grounds is a nature trail. Tours last approximately one hour.
North Augusta Greeneway.
A redeveloped railroad right-of-way, this paved walking and bicycling path is currently over 7 miles. The Greeneway runs along the Savannah River and is the major connector of planned city-wide bicycle paths. Designated a National Recreation Trail. Part of the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail. Open dawn to dusk.