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Things to do in Aiken

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Located in the heart of Aiken, South Carolina, the Hitchcock Woods is one of the largest urban forests in the nation. With 2,100 acres of forestland and 70 miles of sandy trails, the Woods are a haven for hikers, equestrians, dog walkers, runners, bird watchers and nature lovers and history buffs.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Locals swear by Malia's. Drop by for lunch or dinner and be sure to try the raspberry pie.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Garden
“Wrapped behind a serpentine brick wall and under a canopy of ancient oaks, deodar cedars and magnolias, is Hopelands Gardens. Bequeathed to the City of Aiken by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, this 14 acre estate was opened in 1969 as a public garden. Radiating throughout the gardens is a network of paths shaded under 100 year old live oaks. I is believed that Mrs. Iselin planted the deodar cedars and live oaks which still grace Hopelands Gardens today. The lazy curves of the paths and garden borders lead visitors throughout a wonderful variety of experiences sure to please visitors of all ages.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Spa
“Grab a cozy seat in the lobby and unwind with a cocktail before dinner in their restaurant. Short walk from The Carriage House”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This is a brewing company locally owned and operated. New brews are added weekly. Enjoy a cold one along the beautiful tree lined street and just kick back.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“Another local favorite for a quick coffee or breakfast/lunch. Independently owned and operated for over 20 years. New Moon roasts all of its coffee, so if you find one you that really like - you can take it home, too!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A seemingly odd combination of sushi and rustic Southwestern cuisine - a local favorite and consitantly good food”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“An easy walk from No. 10 Downing, The Historic Museum is housed in an original Winter Colony (Banksia) with some great exhibits.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The best part of visiting this art museum is that you will be able to witness the handmade goods that are made by the local craftsmen.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Simply comfortable and enjoyable. Old-fashioned American corner eatery serving burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches & blue-plate specials.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful 1890's Aiken home. Adorable bar, beautiful garden seating. Try the "Kat-Tini" martini on a chilly winter evening. Bailey's, Kahula, and Vodka. Open Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We like it! Casual, family-owned nook offering American dishes & happy hours, plus live music & outdoor seating.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent food and service; Local spot frequented by equestrians and other local community members.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fun place for pizza, great to take the kids and have fun in “the alley”. Service can be a bit spotty so do t come here if you’re in a hurry. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Locals swear by Malia's. Drop by for lunch or dinner and be sure to try the raspberry pie.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Spa
“Grab a cozy seat in the lobby and unwind with a cocktail before dinner in their restaurant. Short walk from The Carriage House”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“Another local favorite for a quick coffee or breakfast/lunch. Independently owned and operated for over 20 years. New Moon roasts all of its coffee, so if you find one you that really like - you can take it home, too!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A seemingly odd combination of sushi and rustic Southwestern cuisine - a local favorite and consitantly good food”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Simply comfortable and enjoyable. Old-fashioned American corner eatery serving burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches & blue-plate specials.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful 1890's Aiken home. Adorable bar, beautiful garden seating. Try the "Kat-Tini" martini on a chilly winter evening. Bailey's, Kahula, and Vodka. Open Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We like it! Casual, family-owned nook offering American dishes & happy hours, plus live music & outdoor seating.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent food and service; Local spot frequented by equestrians and other local community members.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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