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Hopelands Gardens

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Address: Whiskey Road and Dupress Place, Aiken, SC 29802
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Beautiful gardens

Recently strolled in Hopelands Gardens. What a peaceful, serene location, located within beautiful Aiken. Graceful live oaks, seasonal flowers, restored out buildings, and a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Recently strolled in Hopelands Gardens. What a peaceful, serene location, located within beautiful Aiken. Graceful live oaks, seasonal flowers, restored out buildings, and a recently restored gazebo near the ponds! Absolutely beautiful! Summer concerts, the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, done miss Hopelands Gardens while in Aiken!!

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Wilmington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We stopped in here to walk around and it was a very pleasant visit. The gardens, while not opulent, are well laid out and a good place for a stroll or just to sit for awhile. Parking was easy when we were there on a Sunday morning.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Wonderful opportunity to wander through the gardens. Not too much blooming in October, but it was still pleasant. Its also an easy walk for those of us who can be unsteady on our feet. Make sure to visit the horse racing museum on the grounds.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Although I've been to Hopeland Gardens many times, it seems there's always something new! Besides the Summer Concerts, there's the Thoroughbred Museum; Carriage Museum; beautiful gardens; a 'maze' that's great for kids and adults, alike; history; children's programs; etc!

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Thank cmaccrum
Oakland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We visited on a weekday in mid September and the park was quiet with only a few other people visiting. The pond is beautiful.

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Boston
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A picturesque and quiet place, with a horse racing museum (only open in the afternoon when we visited) and a maze to compliment the plants and tree.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Even though we've lived in Aiken for about 9 years now, Hopeland Gardens never ceases to be a peaceful, beautiful place to stroll, take pictures, I've seen wedding being held there. It's taken very good care of by the city and a group of botanists. Lovely, lovely, lovely! We always bring visitors to Hopelands to take a stroll!!

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Thank Joy M
Aiken, South Carolina
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This protected area is stunning. The amazing gardens and the foresight of the original owners to gift it to the City and people of Aiken, SC was truly a wonderful and priceless gift. The summer concerts are great and the turtles and huge Koi in the ponds are fun and delight children as well as adults

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Walked around with map. Well maintained, good and easily walkable paths, nice mix of ponds and forest, good signage for the various plants,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Beautiful garden with a remarkable history, ponds, fountains and gazebos. Statues, reflection pools and peaceful paths round our the picture. There's even a labyrinth. The old horse stables are interesting to see and they have a delightful doll house with ever changing displays. Mature oaks, magnolias and camellias planted throughout give a romantic ambience, the deciduous cedars by the wetlands... More 

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