Aiken is a city in South Carolina.
Aiken is located off Interstate 20, only 20 minutes east of Augusta, GA and an hour west of Columbia, SC. Conveniently located only 2 ½ hours from many major southern cities, including Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, Charleston, Hilton Head Island and [Savannah]].
Drive about 20 minutes to Redcliffe State Historic Site, beautiful plantation home and grounds. Tours on the hour. Incredible Tree Collection.
Aiken is one of South Carolina’s most popular cities, and with its many things to do, it’s easy to see why. The city is full of rich historical attractions and outdoor recreational activities. This is combined with several restaurants that offer delicious dishes and many unique shops. Aiken has a thriving downtown area in which visitors can find a variety of activities, and the city is also host to a number of events throughout the year that showcase some of the best concerts, food, and dance.
Great Plant Nurseries in the area: look for: specialty woody shrubs at Nurseries Caroliniana, outside of North Augusta. Native plants at Woodlanders in Downtown Aiken. Crinum lilies near Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island 
Aiken County Farmers Market operates as the oldest (in continuous operation at the same location) county farmers market in the State of South Carolina. Live oaks now shade the newly restored market while descendants from the early farmers’ families continue to sell their goods on the same tables. The Farmers Market, now as then, is a place where goods are offered for sale and recipes (and stories) are swapped with friends, old and new.
Funny Fried Fish Place, great fried bream, in the back parking lot of the Baptist Church on Hwy 278 in Beech Island, SC (lushlifegarden.com)
The Restaurant At The Willcox. Enjoy a casual, comfortable dining experience at Aiken, South Carolina’s most loved landmark. The Willcox's unpretentious, innovative and addictively delicious menu ranges from burgers and salads to fresh fish and certified Angus beef steaks. Light meals and healthier options also are served, each prepared with care using farm-fresh or organically grown foods bought from regional suppliers. Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m, until 10 p.m. Visit The Willcox for evening entertainment. Every Tuesday, experience the Piano Bar from 6 - 8 p.m. On Thursdays, experience the smooth sounds of Jazz Night from 7 - 9 p.m. (summer months) and 6 - 8 p.m. (winter months). And, live piano is featured every Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m.
Rose Hill. The restaurant features a menu of regional American cuisine, freshly prepared with premium ingredients featuring seafood, steaks, and pork dishes. A separate grill menu and a German menu is available for casual dining in the bar. Also, enjoy our beautiful screened porch and outdoor open pavilion.
Red Pepper Cafe. Locally owned restaurant that features daily specials and assorted desserts for everyone.
The Alley Downtown Taproom is the number one place for craft beer! They have 48 taps with a variety of beer, ciders, wine, kombuchas, sodas and coffee. Pay by the ounce, or by the pint.
The Aiken Brewing Company You’ll enjoy Aiken's finest in locally brewed ale. A great local gathering spot, you can choose from dining indoors or outdoor. On select evenings,you can enjoy live music and daily specials. You'll always have a good time and lots of fun at the Aiken Brewing Company.
Grumpy’s Sports Pub. An American sports pub.