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Whether an outdoor enthusiast, an avid shopper, or a history buff, Aiken has more than enough to keep visitors on the go. A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks, and bustling shopping.

Aiken gained a reputation during its first hundred years as "a place for a splendid time to be had." Those words reign true today. Once a summer retreat for Charlestonians escaping the threat of malaria, Aiken became the “Winter Colony” during the late 1800s, attracting some of the country’s wealthiest who built their winter “cottages.” The "grand health resort" had the perfect climate and a healing combination of warm dry air with scented pine and healthy spring water.

Equestrians began bringing horses for pleasure and grandiose cottages and stables sprang up everywhere. Polo is played on Sunday afternoons just as it was in 1882. Aiken is rightly famous for its lush gardens and fast horses. It hosts world-class equestrian events and all sorts of festivals. In Aiken, there's always something new to discover.

Aiken is the perfect Southern travel destination with something for everyone. Discover the perfect fit at an award-winning hotel or quaint bed and breakfast. With accommodations for groups, families, and even furry friends find out which Aiken accommodation fits best.

Aiken boasts an incredible abundance of restaurants, cafes, and foodie celebrations. At many locally-owned cafes and restaurants, find something for every taste and budget.

Aiken festivals and events are certainly world-class, from prestigious equestrian events to street festivals, to one-of-a-kind celebrations not found anywhere else. And whether looking for a weekend get-a-way that’s an easy drive or coming from greater distances, Aiken is conveniently located to everyone.

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  • City of Aiken Tourism Division
  • Aiken
  • SC
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