Browse Art Galleries, Golf or Shop in Charming Aiken
Known for its history, art and Thoroughbred racing heritage, the town of Aiken, SC offers plenty of things to do all year long. Stay at the Country Inn & Suites just a few miles from downtown, where pedestrian-friendly streets invite you to walk past shops, art galleries and unique restaurants
. In the area for golf? Aiken offers beautiful courses and is within an easy drive of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the famous Masters Tournament. You can also cheer on the Pacers at the University of South Carolina Aiken, an award-winning regional university just nine miles from our hotel.
Nightlife and Entertainment:
- Historic Downtown Aiken (5.5 miles)
Wander through the streets of this happening little downtown that offers great restaurants, boutiques, shade trees and plenty of festivals throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (803) 649-2221
- Downtown Augusta, GA (22 miles)
Located about half an hour away, 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.
Phone: +1 (706) 724-4067
- Hopelands Gardens (4.8 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-7650
- Hitchcock Woods (5.3 miles)
Escape for some nature therapy at this mature pine forest that covers 2,100 acres. The wide sandy trails are easy to walk and are also ideal for horseback riding.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-0528
- Aiken Center for the Arts (5.7 miles)
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 artwork.
Phone: +1 (803) 641-9094
- DuPont Planetarium (9.7 miles)
Learn about constellations and other mysteries of the universe at this attraction that uses programs, telescopes, films and lectures to educate and entertain visitors of all ages.
Phone: +1 (803) 641-3654
Golf, Museums and Tours:
- Aiken County Historical Museum (4.6 miles)
Housed in a former mansion, this museum features exhibits that offer a glimpse into the lives of the region’s early settlers.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-2015
- Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum (4.8 miles)
Aiken’s love for horses runs deep. 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.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-7631
- USC Aiken (8.9 miles)
Consistently recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the South, USC Aiken is home to more than 3,000 students and boasts a 16-to-one student-to-faculty ratio.
Phone: +1 (803) 648-6851
- The Masters Tournament (26.4 miles)
One of the premier golf tournaments in the U.S. happens each April at the Augusta National Golf Club, just over the South Carolina-Georgia border. Many spectators choose to stay in Aiken and make the short drive to Augusta to watch the pros play.
From Columbia, take I-20 West for 55 miles to either Exit 22 (Hwy 1) or Exit 18 (Hwy 19). Both routes lead into downtown Aiken. From Augusta (Georgia), take I-20 East to either Exit 18 or 22.
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