Things to Do Free of Charge
Aiken County Historical Museum
The museum is housed in a 1931 winter colony mansion - one of only two open to the public. Three floors of exhibits tell the history of Aiken County from past to present. A one-room school from the 1890's and an 1808 log cabin are also on the museum grounds. Admission is free, donations accepted. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 2-5 pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays.
Living History Park
North Augusta's Living History Park plays host to several special events throughout the year including Colonial Times which exhibits examples of everyday life in the 18th century. Meeting house, backwoods cabin, educational cabin, smoke house, blacksmith forge, stage and tavern round out the park. Located at the entrance to the park is the Sensory Garden, one of only a few handicapped accessible sensory gardens for the sight impaired. The total access garden is of the 21st century in a Colonial setting. The park and all scheduled events are open to the public free of charge.
North Augusta Greeneway
Nature Trail. A redeveloped railroad right-of-way, this paved walking and bicycling path is currently over 7 miles. The Greeneway runs along the Savannah River and is the major connector of planned city-wide bicycle paths. Designated a National Recreation Trail. Part of the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail. Open dawn to dusk.
Lower Savannah River Alliance Greenway and Trail
This 4 mile long walking trail terminates at a 1938 Turnstile Metal Bridge over the Savannah River. Half of the trail is elevated giving you a unique view of the swamplands below. There is also a FIT trail with obstacles and a primitive campsite at the Lower Savannah River Alliance Nature Education Center.
Edisto River Trips, Bamberg Chamber of Commerce
Float down the South Fork of the blackwater Edisto River from any of the three launches found in Bamberg County. Choose from Claude's Landing, Bobcat Landing or Brabham's Landing. The Chamber offers free shuttles for organized trips held throughout the year. Paddlers are required to bring their own boat and equipment. Call for dates.
Stroll this small town which has several stores for your shopping pleasure. You can choose from an old time five and dime store, an antique store in a building with a history all its own, an art gallery or a hardware store that sells everything from lumber to fine china. As you stroll the town, notice the hand painted wall bulletins and outdoor advertising signage. These are part of the Denmark Sign Project, an indoor-outdoor community display of 20th century advertising.
Blackville Heritage Museum
Exhibits include artifacts and information about the early days of the town and general area. Open Tuesday 2-4pm, during special events and other times by appointment. Admission is free.
Barnwell County Museum
Discover Barnwell and the South's heritage through exhibits, guided tours and special programs. Vocal and instrumental performances are also offered at various times. Tue-Th 3:00-5:30 pm. Admission is free.
The unique vertical sundial in front of the courthouse was given to the town in 1858 by Joseph D. Allen, at that time a state Senator from Barnwell. Legend has it that this is the only vertical sundial in the United States and though erected two years prior to standard time, it keeps within two minutes of that.
God's Acre Healing Springs
Off of SC 3 N. Look for signs 3 miles north of Blackville. Indians believed in the springs' natural healing powers and brought wounded Revolutionary War soldiers here to drink. Locals still believe in the springs' powers and drink its waters. In 1944, the acre of land the springs is on was legally deeded to GOD by LP "Lute" Boylston. Come, sample the waters. Open during daylight hours.
Williston, SC was once known at the "Asparagus Capital of the World" 1910's - 1930's. This quaint museum contains memorabilia from the town of Williston. Country store exhibit with farm implements, asparagus display, an old cash register and bill filing cabinet from Cone's drug store. Dental equipment and old medicine bottles used in the early 1950's. Clothing worn in the early 1900's. Cameras, calculators, typewriters and a check-processing machine formerly used by the Bank of Williston. Display of Williston's first telephone exchange. Memorabilia from the annual Wonderful Williston Weekend events and the Williston-Elko Blue Devils. Open by appointment free of charge.
Veterans Memorial Park, Barnwell
The Veterans Memorial Park was planned, developed, and organized by The Vietnam Veterans of America Salkehatchie Chapter 828. The park is located on US 278 west, adjacent to the Barnwell County Airport. All monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park represent veterans of WWI, post WWII wars, and all men and women that have worn the uniform. A walking and running track on the perimeter of the park is used by locals and visitors alike. The Veterans Memorial Park is a non profit project for the community, state, Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), and the United States of America. The Veterans Memorial Park is maintained by veterans, families of veterans, and the citizens of Barnwell County.
Hopelands Gardens, Aiken
This 14-acre park was the former estate of Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin. Mrs. Iselin wished that her gardens would be preserved for the enjoyment of others so she left her estate to the city. The house was later removed and the area is now occupied by three reflecting pools. A Touch and Scent Trail for the visually impaired was developed. The wetlands area is home to fish and many ducks. The performing arts stage hosts a concert series during the summer. The gardens are also host to various other events including a display of Christmas lights. Also on the property is the Doll House, former playhouse of Mrs. Iselin's children, and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
Parks, multiple locations
There are many local and state parks in Thoroughbred Country, SC. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy.