This 14-acre garden in downtown Aiken is part of the SC National Heritage Discovery Corridor. It has free admission and is a spectacular Southern garden year-round. Two wetlands ponds have abundant wildlife and boardwalks for close-up views. There is a touch-and-scent trail, with plaques in Braille for the visually impaired. Hopelands also hosts special events for the public throughout the year such as the Summer Concert Series. The 2018 season runs each Monday night through June.