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Aiken’s Beautiful Golf Courses, Kid-Friendly Parks and Historical Museums are Waiting for you to Explore
The city of Aiken was founded approximately around 1835 and was named after the President of the South Carolina Railroad, William Aiken. The city was recognized as the All-America City Award recipient in 1997 as chosen by the National Civic League. Aiken was first a part of the Edgefield District with a small collective population with its neighboring counties. The great thing about Aiken is that it was a planned city and many of its streets were named after other cities and counties in South Carolina, including Fairfield, Greenville, Florence, Lancaster, Orangeburg, Edisto and Abbeville, etc. During the 18th century, it gained attention as a wealthy people’s wintering spot, especially people from the Northeast. Today, it continues to be a popular winter home location for public figures and notable names like George H. Bostwick, Madeleine Astor and Allan Pinkerton. Aiken boasts of a high number of historic sites and iconic landmarks so, if you are interested in history, be sure to bring the charter bus to attractions like the Palmetto Golf Club, St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Whitehall Mansion, Aiken Polo Club, Aiken Tennis Club and the Aiken Colored Cemetery, amongst others. The people of Aiken takes pride in the fact that it is home to the Aiken Steeplechase Association, which was founded in 1930 and it continues to host the Imperial Cup every March and the Holiday Cup in October. The events have gone on to become tourist magnets for the city, having the ability to draw up to 30,000 participants and viewers every year. So, be sure to drop by attractions like the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum when in town. Other unique festivals and events held at the city includes the Battle of Aiken Reenactment, The Whiskey Road Race, The Lobster Races and Aiken’s Makin’. With the help of a charter bus, we are sure that there would be no problem making your way around attractions like the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, Aiken County Farmers Market, Aiken County Historical Museum, Center for African American History, Art and Culture and the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site.
US Coachways, in the meantime, is the ground transportation company you are looking for if you are planning a wedding, vacation, birthday party, corporate function, exhibition, conference, meeting, prom night, bachelor or bachelorette party. We cater to events of all sizes and types in and around Aiken, including State-to-State travel. You can choose from a large number of charter buses, school buses, mini buses, party buses, corporate cars, coaches, vans and limousines and within a short period of time, we can help secure one for your event, effortlessly and affordably. Speak to our customer service representatives by calling our 24/7 hotline and we will get you started immediately.
Looking for a Fun Skating Center, Bowling Alley or Museum to Visit in Aiken? We have you Covered!
We are committed to more than to just help connect you with the right vehicles and people, we care about the quality of your trip and safety of your travel companions. Our fun-loving travel writers have come up with a list of worthwhile points of interest which includes parks, restaurants, malls and museums. They are outlined below.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Whether it is bowling or skating, we think people of all ages are going to have a splendid time playing at the city’s indoor and outdoor attractions. The HIC Warehouse Indoor Skate Park is a hip and fun place to learn skateboarding or if you enjoy LIVE music or are looking for a place to hang out with like-minded people, this place would be a gem. There’s also bumper boats, mini golf, go-karting, slides and laser tag games to enjoy at an attraction like Columbia’s Frankie’s Fun Park and a bowling night out at Park Avenue Lanes in downtown Aiken. Visitors can also opt for a movie night-out with family and friends at the state-of-the-art Regal Aiken Mall 8 where they show not just the latest blockbusters, there are documentaries and inspiring independent films too.
- Art & Culture — For first timers, it would make a lot of sense to drop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum for a quick look-around. There is a treasure trove of information about the attractions, malls, restaurants and historical points of interest in the center and the staff is always more than happy to provide you with maps, brochures, flyers and booklets for your travel; the museum helps visitors learn about the earliest days of South Carolina’s railroad development and travel. The volunteers and passionate workers behind the Aiken Center for the Arts offers art education programs for both children and adults alike; the galleries are paced with works of local artists that you can admire and purchase if you wish to. If you love LIVE performances, you can stop by either at Aiken Community Playhouse or the Imperial Theater. Aiken Community Playhouse offers programs and shows throughout the year and it includes musicals, dramas and stand-up comedy while the Imperial Theater, which was built in 1910, is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Every year, there is a strong lineup of performances and the highlight would always be the Poison Peach Film Festival, so, be sure to catch it when you are in town. Other wonderful art attractions to check out in Aiken includes the thousands of paintings and pictures exhibited by the Morris Museum of Art, the cultural events, concerts and annual Garden Festival held by Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the large variety of classics by the Symphony Orchestra Augusta. The orchestra debuted in 1954 and offers hundreds of shows every year, some involving unique instruments like strings, woodwinds, brass and percussions.
- Golf & Sports — Aiken Golf Club features an 18-hole public golf course with varying difficulty levels and if you are just taking up the sport, be sure to book yourself in for a quick crash course or enjoy their practice facilities. Cedar Creek is not just your regular quiet neighborhood; there’s a golf course and tree-lined streets and green space for young and old alike or alternatively, bring the charter bus to River Golf Club, the tee off is open everyday; with their membership, you can enjoy lodging and other entertainment options all under one roof. For teens and young children, they may enjoy a trip to Hole-N-One Miniature Golf and Games instead. There is also a full arcade and batting cages, making it a popular place for birthday parties and special events. James Brown Arena in Augusta, is one of the largest of its kind in the country; there are two main stages at its entertainment complex and apart from boxing matches, there are year round concerts and live performances from artists, dancers and bands.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — There’s a large number of historical attractions and museums that you can visit and it is a must if you like learning about a city’s culture. You can learn from the artifacts, documents and pictures about Native Americans, Aiken’s history and official documents at Aiken County Historical Museum or head on over to Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum for a quick look-around. Horse racing is a big sport in the city and it would be an eye-opening experience to learn about it. Rye Patch is one of the most beautiful historic homes in the city and visitors would have their weddings, parties and social gatherings in the estate or you can bring the charter bus to Augusta Museum of History and explore the decades worth of information like a 1920s trolley car, vintage locomotives, antiques and exhibits related to the healthcare, banking and railroad sector in the region. Visitors can also take a guided tour around the former home of President Woodrow Wilson; the home was where the President spent his early childhood and where he and his family lived through the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Every single acre of the Hopelands Gardens is stunning and gorgeous and it is often referred to as a serene respite from busy city life for the residents. There are gazebos, manicured gardens, canopies of trees, oak, dogwood and myrtle trees as well as shady areas for guests to relax in. Hitchcock Woods is a very rare forested area located right smack in the middle of busy city center. When it is in season, the woods is used for steeplechase competitions and horseback hunting. There’s also approximately 200 acres worth of green space, mountain terrain, hiking trails and fishing pond at Boyd Pond Park and a 40 acre wildlife preserve at Brick Pond Park. A part of Brick Pond Park is wetlands, home to countless alligators, deer, otters, fishes, birds and other wild animals. Students and visitors would sometimes take advantage of the riding lessons, summer camps and event venues provided by Deerwood Stables or make use of the equestrian polo facilities or check out the tournaments at New Bridge Road Polo Ranch. There are events available throughout the year so, be sure to check out their website for their schedule before heading over. You can also catch a sunset at the gorgeous Augusta riverwalk; the shaded sidewalk on the Savannah river banks are used for jogging, biking, picnics and people-watching.
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