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“A Definite Must-See”

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Aiken
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more. The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location every Saturday at 10 am. Private trolley tours for groups of 15 or more may be available upon request.
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Definite Must-See”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

For train lovers, this is definitely a must see. The building is a replica of the train station from 1899 and is beautiful in architecture and detail. Inside there are dioramas and a model train that travels through each scene, there's historical information regarding the train that came through Aiken back in 1833, and there are helpful docents who can recommend eateries, motels, and things to do while in Aiken along with all sorts of pamphlets and handouts. This is a "first stop" must-do in Aiken.

Visited November 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great history and introduction to Aiken SC”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Visitor center has a wealth of information on Aiken and surrounding communities and a train museum.
The train museum has nine dioramas that depicts the towns in the south. We found it very interesting to learn how the railroad played a big roll in the community and peoples lives.
We recommend this highly to tourists and visitors. Young children would like it too.

Visited October 2013
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Denmark, South Carolina
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237 reviews
71 attraction reviews
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“Bluebird enthusiasts take the trolley tour of Aiken.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

The trolley picked us up at the Hilton Garden Inn in the morning at 9:00 A.M. for our two-hour group tour of Aiken on Thursday, October 3, 2013. We had an informative guide who commented about what we were seeing throughout the trip. Our only stop was a guided walk through Hopelands Gardens. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum located in the Gardens was closed. We viewed the Live Oak Canopy on South Boundary from our windows on the trolley. We saw from the rolling trolley historic homes and churches, Hitchcock Woods, and the equestrian sites (stables, polo fields, race track and the steeplechase course).The trolley tour was educational and gave me a broader perspective of historic Aiken.

Visited October 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“This is a terrific informational stop”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

When in Historic Aiken, SC this is a definate location you will want to visit for information on Aiken, but also the train museum and exhibit, very well done.

Visited August 2013
Thank Ron B
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Aiken, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful display of dioramas”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

History of towns along route from Charleston to North Augusta via railroad. Interactive display helps viewers learn about each town.

Visited December 2012
Thank Myra T
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