In a world where things are constantly changing, evolving or advancing in some way, I love that there are still experiences that are pretty much the same today as they always have been. One such experience that you can have in the Palmetto State is seeing a movie at the drive-in theater. The Monetta Drive-In, or, as most folks call it, “The Big Mo” is a famous spot in Aiken County. Here, you can see the latest releases from the comfort of your own vehicle, all under the constant watch of its landmark giant peach.
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Just like the classic drive-ins of yonder, at The Big Mo, you pay in cash for your film of choice. Each of the three screens hosts a different double feature, with the main screen often showing family favorites as it has a playground for littles to get energy out as they wait for opening credits. Pups are more than welcome to join you for the show, and you can find all your favorite movie snacks to nibble and sip on at the concession stand. It’s a seriously fun way to spend a weekend evening in the spring, summer or fall in South Carolina.
Want to make the most of your trip to The Big Mo? Here are some other ideas close by in Aiken to round out your experience.
Aiken is the heart of Thoroughbred Country and here, horses are a big deal. There are so many ways to experience the horse culture of the region, but maybe the best is to go where the horses are. Get a backstretch experience at the Aiken Training Track to learn about horse racing and how the training track operates or take in a polo match at Whitney Polo Field. There are also several major events that happen throughout the year, like the Aiken Trials and the Aiken Steeplechase.
Lunch at The Village Café
The Village Café is helmed by 2020-21 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Jason Tufts. Having started at the Green Boundary Club and the Woodside Plantation Country Club, then named executive chef of Malia’s, one of the town’s most popular restaurants, Jason earned a reputation for showing off local products to their freshest, finest advantage. He still does so with the seasonal menu at The Village Café, which also boasts weekly flavors of delectable house-made gelato. It’s a must eat for lunch or brunch if you’re in the area.
Historic Aiken Trolley Tour
Aiken is a truly charming city with incredible stories to tell. Dive into its unique history on a trolley tour with a local guide. Hear about and see historic homes and churches, equestrian sites, the live oak canopy on South Boundary, the beautiful Hopelands Gardens and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum. The tour departs the City of Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum (406 Park Ave SE, Aiken), at 10 am each Saturday. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as tickets often sell out two to three weeks in advance.