Aiken is a laid-back, charming com- munity located near the mid-point of
South Carolina’s long border with Georgia.
It offers great golfing, hunting and fishing.
Often described as a city with Southern
charm and a cosmopolitan flair, Aiken has
received national acclaim in several prestigious magazines.
Historic downtown Aiken is filled with
remarkable shops and restaurants, and
the business district is alive and flourishing. Galleries, antique stores and specialty
boutiques await the serious shopper.
Beautifully preserved grand homes line
the avenues and shaded streets. Residents
enjoy warm weather and a wonderful
quality of life.
Hopelands Gardens is a major local
attraction. The 14-acre public estate features a network of garden paths winding
underneath a canopy of ancient live oaks
dripping with Spanish moss.
Aiken is one of the nation’s greatest
training grounds for thoroughbreds. It is
home to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall
of Fame, established in 1977 as a tribute
to the flat racing, steeplechase and honors
horses that have trained in Aiken and gone
on to become national champions. The
Aiken Steeplechase Association, founded
in 1930, hosts the Imperial Cup each
March and the Holiday Cup in October.
People who come to Aiken hoping
to golf won’t be disappointed. The mild
winters make golf a year-round activity, and the city offers a wide variety of
courses from which to choose. The city
boasts America’s fifth oldest course and
is also home to the first course to offer
women’s tees. For those who prefer golf
to be a spectator sport, nearby Augusta is
home to the Masters Golf Tournament.
A wide variety of events take place all
year long in Aiken and its surrounding
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