Find things to do in Aiken, from golfing to browsing art galleries

Known for its history, art, and Thoroughbred racing heritage, the town of Aiken offers plenty of things to do all year long. Booking one of the comfortable rooms or suites at the Country Inn & Suites puts you just a few miles from Historic Downtown Aiken, where you can peruse charming shops and cultural attractions like the Aiken Center for the Arts. Looking for fun activities with your kids? You can discover the night sky in a unique way at DuPont Planetarium or enjoy a picnic lunch at the Tea Cottage in Hitchcock Woods. If you prefer more fast-paced fun, cheer on the Pacers at the University of South Carolina Aiken, an award-winning regional university about 15 minutes away.

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Aiken Center for the Arts

5.13 mi / 8.25 km from the hotel
This downtown artists’ hub features juried art shows, dance performances, and educational programs. Visit the gallery store to purchase one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry, and other work.

Aiken County Historical Museum

4.82 mi / 7.75 km from the hotel
Housed in a former mansion, this museum features exhibits that offer a glimpse into the lives of the region's early settlers.

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

4.35 mi / 7 km from the hotel
Celebrate the history of Thoroughbred racing at this unique museum, and visit the Hall of Fame to learn about famous horses that have trained in Aiken.

Downtown Augusta, GA

17.77 mi / 28.6 km from the hotel
Augusta's beautiful downtown sits along the banks of the Savannah River, which separates Georgia from South Carolina. Explore the city's thriving restaurant scene, nightlife hot spots, and art and history museums.

DuPont Planetarium

7.23 mi / 11.64 km from the hotel
Learn about constellations and other facets of the universe at this attraction that uses programs, telescopes, films, and lectures to educate and entertain visitors of all ages.

Historic Downtown Aiken

5.04 mi / 8.1 km from the hotel
Wander through the streets of this happening little downtown that offers great restaurants, boutiques, shade trees, and plenty of festivals throughout the year.

Hitchcock Woods

4.38 mi / 7.04 km from the hotel
Explore the natural beauty of this historic pine forest that covers 2,100 acres. The wide sandy trails are easy to walk and are also ideal for horseback riding.

Hopelands Gardens

4.3 mi / 6.91 km from the hotel
Find serenity as you stroll along the winding paths at this 14-acre attraction, home to beautiful gardens, water features, a gazebo, and a labyrinth. Look up to see 100-year-old oak trees towering overhead.

USC Aiken

7.16 mi / 11.52 km from the hotel
Consistently recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the South, USC Aiken offers a variety of liberal arts academic programs and boasts a 15-to-one student-to-faculty ratio.