Aiken, South Carolina is a great place to be a Lion. Whether you plan to visit, relocate, or retire here, we thought you might want to know what Aiken Mid-Day Lions love about where they live and serve.
Aiken is strategically located - only 2+ hours from the beaches and the mountains. Our climate is one to be envied. Snowfall is measured in minutes, not inches.  The coast is a short drive, but we're out of harms way from hurricanes.

This is a city with a southern charm all its own.  It offers a quaint and vibrant downtown area which includes many unique shops and restaurants. Just south of downtown is a shopping mall accompanied by nationally known retailers and restaurants.  Aiken is a very sophisticated town, offering award-winning public and private schools, secondary educational opportunities such as the University of South Carolina-Aiken, beautiful parks, golf courses, equestrian events and a variety of cultural activities for all ages. Companies from around the world are drawn to our dynamic business environment, and visitors will often end up making Aiken their home.
Aiken's love affair with the horse from its early beginnings continues today with wide variety of equestrian activities in and around Aiken. There are many local fox hunts around the area, hunter/jumper horse shows hosting Grand Prix events, and horse trials to attract competitors from beginners to Olympic athletes. You can catch a polo match at Whitney Field,  spend the day at a steeplechase event (held in the spring and fall), or tailgate at any one of three spring weekend events known as the Triple Crown which include flat racing, steeplechasing and polo - all held just minutes from downtown.  At the center of town is the Hitchcock Woods, a 2000+ acre urban forest with trails for the equestrian and pedestrian alike. 
In Aiken, golf rivals riding as a favorite sport, and our town offers many golf courses from which to choose. Play on one of the country's oldest courses - the Palmetto Golf Course, founded in 1893 - or check out one of the many courses available at Houndslake or Woodside Country Clubs.  Aiken also has many recreational facilities offering tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields which attract competitors from all over the southeast. The walking track is a favorite place for young and old alike, and the dog park is a hit with all dog lovers.
Homes vary in our community from cozy cottages in our downtown historic district to elegant stately Winter Colony homes in the horse district. There are many lovely horse farms dotted throughout the county and beautiful custom-built homes in planned communities near downtown. Aiken is truly a community with a quality of life that is second to none.  
It is often said,
"If you are lucky enough to live in Aiken,
you're lucky enough!"
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