Before school is back in session and pumpkin spice returns, enjoy the last few days of summer with a last minute trip to Aiken. Seize the day by experiencing Aiken’s rich history, southern eats and cultural cuisine, unique shops and scenic views. Here are some ideas to help you started!

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum and meet the staff who will help you make the make the most of your experience in Aiken.

Unwind at The Willcox Hotel   

Enjoy the South’s finest hospitality at one of the world’s best hotels that was recently recognized as the ‘No. 1 Best Hotel in the South – Southern Living South’s Best Award 2019.’ Warm, welcoming, and classy, a stay at The Willcox Hotel makes for an unforgettable visit for your entire family, with your significant other or yourself.

New Moon Café

New Moon is a funky local café where all the locals go. Since 1999, New Moon has been roasting and specialty blending its own coffee. The cafe's signature “MoonBeans” brand coffees have become a favorite of Aiken area coffee connoisseurs, winning two national awards for its coffee. They also serve creative comfort food, breakfast and lunch, from scratch using fresh ingredients from the southeast.

Shop Downtown

The shops downtown each have their own style and unique finds such as equine goods, hand-picked specialty made jewelry, modern clothes, fine artwork, culinary items, and upscale furniture. You won’t miss shopping at the mall! Mark your calendar for the Labor Day sidewalk sale on the weekend of August 29 – 31.

Getting Around

Need a ride? Take a Freeloader! Park downtown and get a free ride to your downtown destination.

Saturday Market Finds

Voted 2019's Best Place for Produce in the City of Aiken the Aiken County Farmers Market is home to the freshest, most natural, and healthiest alternatives to store bought fare; and the vendors will greet you as sweet as the peaches they are selling! On the third Saturday of each month, walk a few blocks down on Park Avenue for a vintage shopping experience at the Indie Arts Vintage Market.


Go back in time dining at Betsy's Round the Corner with an old-fashion soda fountain and retro décor. Try a mouthwatering lunch at the Taj Aiken Indian Cuisine for authentic Indian food, or an evening under the stars at the Whiskey Alley and indulge in appetizing cuisine selections such as the beef tartare, charred octopus, and charcuterie platter. Get cozy in a romantic spot for just the two of you at The Whitney Restaurant and Bar. For other exquisite dining experience options, click here. The scrumptious cuisine, restaurant décor, and outdoor dining in Aiken is truly a memorable experience.

Live Music

Relax in a rocking chair and cool off after sunset with a signature cocktail or two while enjoying the festive live entertainment in the heart of downtown. Aiken is a haven for music-lovers! Click here for a list of events.

Breweries and Pubs

The Aiken Brewing Company produces some of the finest local brewed ale in the area and a lineup of craft beer that changes weekly. Tailgate Tavern is a lively sports bar with 28 televisions. The Alley Downtown Taproom is a self-pour tap house with plenty of options for beer and wine; and it's dog-friendly too!

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Enjoy Sunday brunch at The Willcox in the lavish dining room or club setting while listening to live piano or request a table outside on the poolside patio to enjoy the southern breeze. Hit Tailgate Tavern for bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's or Whiskey Alley for an edible flair. For a Downton Abbey experience, LaDolce is the place! For more brunch options, click here.

Discover Aiken’s treasures, taste Aiken’s cuisine and experience what our vibrant town has to offer. The ambiance, romance, history and hospitality in Aiken is sure to be a sweet summer you will never forget! For a calendar of August happenings, click here!