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Live Well During Retirement in Aiken, South Carolina

Have you dreamt of retiring in a small town rich with outdoor recreational activities, beautiful parks, unique shops, and a vibrant local arts scene? Aiken, South Carolina, offers all of these amenities and much more.

You’ll appreciate the area’s history, equestrian events, and street festivals – there’s something for everyone to enjoy year-round. Learn more about the perfect backdrop to our Cumberland Village community in this blog, curated by our Golden Bell Senior Living team.

Explore an Active Lifestyle in Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken is annually rated as one of the best places to retire, and it’s easy to see why. There are numerous destinations, festivals, art galleries, and learning opportunities to discover. Here are a few highlights of things to experience in the area.


As the center of what’s known as Thoroughbred Country, Aiken is famous for its polo matches, horse racing, and pride for equestrian excellence. Those interested in Aiken’s equestrian history will enjoy visiting the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Other notable destinations in Aiken include golf courses like the Palmetto Golf Club and Aiken Golf Club. If you’re not a fan of golf but love nature, carve out time for Aiken State Park, where you can fish, canoe, kayak, or hike. Hike, run, or ride (a horse) through miles of trails in Hitchcock Woods, one of the country’s largest urban forests.


Downtown Aiken offers unique shops, restaurants, and breweries. The Aiken Downtown Development Association plans several festivals, events, trolley tours, and other fun activities throughout the year, including Octoberfest, the Night of 1000 Lights, Aiken Music Fest, Joye in Aiken Festival, Spring Steeplechase, and the Hops and Hogs Festival.

Arts and Music

The Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken Community Theatre, and Etherredge Center for the Fine & Performing Arts all promote and cultivate the vibrant local arts scene in Aiken.

Vocalists can join or attend musical performances by the Harmony River Chorus, chartered in Augusta and a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, or the South Boundary Singers, a male a cappella ensemble. Classical music fans will also appreciate concerts by the Aiken Symphony and the Aiken Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Lifelong Learning

If you’re seeking lifelong learning opportunities, you’ll find a variety in Aiken. Learn about the town’s history at the Aiken County Historical Museum, and discover how trains brought wealthy horse owners and fans from the Northeast to Aiken before the Great Depression at The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum.

Additional learning opportunities include the Dupont Planetarium and the Savannah River Site Museum. The Office of Continuing Education at USC Aiken offers courses for older adults at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Enjoy Retirement in a Senior Living Community

Settle into retirement by moving to a Golden Bell independent living community like Cumberland Village. The sprawling 35-acre campus, nestled in the desirable hamlet of Aiken, is the ideal spot for outdoor walks and activities.

You’ll be part of a senior living community and reap the benefits of the surrounding culture, attractions, and historic charm that Aiken provides.

Residents at Cumberland Village experience resort-style dining, life enrichment programs, transportation services, a clubhouse with fitness center, an on-site salon, spacious apartment and patio home accommodations, along with access to a cozy 24-unit assisted living facility for those residents needing more assistance.

Life at Golden Bell Senior Living

Senior living communities like Golden Bell provide the comforts of home with the added benefits of supportive care, engaging activities, and a maintenance-free lifestyle. With your daily needs met, your loved one will live more independently and have opportunities to meet friends, discover new interests, and live each day to the fullest.

Golden Bell Senior Living offers a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and respite care. Residents have personalized care plans, are treated like family, and are greeted by name in a warm, welcoming environment.

Amenities and activities include:

  • Beautiful accommodations
  • Landscaped grounds and gardens
  • Community outings
  • Recreation and social activities
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Beauty and barber shop
  • Housekeeping and maintenance services

Please contact us to learn more about our communities or set up a tour. We’d love to hear from you and are happy to help answer any questions you have about senior living.  For more information about choosing senior living, download our complimentary Funding Senior Care and Housing Guide.

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