Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of Historic Places. Ancient Oak Avenue. Tours full of History. World Famous Gardens of the 19th Century "Romantic Style". Selected by Travel + Leisure (2014) as the only South Carolina garden deemed one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens". Reconstruction Period Plantation Home Tour. Award Winning Slave Cabin Tour. Very popular Nature-Train Tour. Rice Field Boat Tour. Family Oriented. Petting Zoo and Nature Center. Audubon Swamp Self-Guided Tour. Amazing Nesting Rookery. If you have only one Plantation to see, don't miss us!
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  • Lisa W
    Cardiff, United Kingdom149 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared for midges!!
    Although beautiful and interesting this is basically a swamp and as such you definitely need to be covered from head to toe in mosquito/midges spray. I have over 20 nasty bites all over!! The guide in the house was very informative but don’t waste money on the nature train as it was basically a bumpy ride through trees seeing the occasional turtle and heron. The gardens must be beautiful in the spring but not many colours in the summer to be honest. Very expensive for what it was too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting but remember this is partly swamp based so bring your mosquito spray!
    We spent the whole day here starting with the 10.30 nature train ride. In addition to showing us some of the wildlife it gave us a great introduction to the plantation, it’s history, fauna and flora. We then took a wander around the wildlife refuge which was a pleasant attraction before heading out into the gardens. We struggle to describe them as gardens but this may be a cultural difference. I guess we were expecting lots of flower gardens etc. Instead there are various pathways you can walk that take you around the swamps and bridges spread out beyond the house. Even though we had the app downloaded we still found it hard to navigate. It also took us a bit of acclimatisation to understand the idea of walking around areas where alligators n snakes may be present again given our UK background. Eager to eat we popped to the cafe. The food wasn’t too bad but probably a little expensive for what it is compared to other outlets we have been to on this current leg of our 3 month tour. From here we headed into the house at 2 pm and enjoyed hearing about the history of the family and seeing the various rooms. Finally at 3.30 we did the Slavery Tour. The young man was incredibly passionate about his subject matter and we found it really informative. It again extended my knowledge of what life was really like for this generation of people.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Debbie P
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely natural scenery
    We've been to Magnolia Gardens many times over the years and always find it a beautiful place to visit. We still get lost at times in the gardens (more signs would be nice) but always find someone along the way who guides us back to familiar territory. The ancient gardens are my favorite. When we splurge for a tour, it's always with Sharon if she's available. Every tour is different and the things she teaches us is always interesting and cool! The train can be a little bumpy and crowded, but it's always worth it. We like to sit up close to the front so we can see what she's seeing and talking about. Bug spray during the summer is a must. The ponies and Hector have a special place in our hearts and always get a little scratch if they are close by. We look forward to the boat tour opening back up. So if you're looking to enjoy natural surroundings, Magnolia Gardens is a good choice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Aimee G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and incredible
    Brought a friend from England and she and I had a marvelous time. Garden is beautiful and both tour guides were outstanding!! So much character and knowledge. They were absolutely delightful and so knowledgeable on historical facts. Vanessa on the slave home tour was incredible.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Andrea W
    Southport, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic. Highly entertaining and informative
    The tour on tram was okay. Not too informative lots of potholes. But the tour of the plantation was outstanding. The guide was very entertaining and thorough. The gardens are magnificent . Loved the zoo cute. Would highly recommend. Ran of time for the slaver tour hope to use ticket which is good for 7 days
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • OBXCruiser
    Kitty Hawk, North Carolina5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed feelings, improvements needed
    We visited today because it was Grandparents day and we had free admission to the gardens, including tropical conservatory. The conservatory was closed and we were not told that when we purchased our daughters tickets for her and her child. With hit or miss showers in the forecast we probably would not have spent money on tickets or made the effort to go. Also, we were not given a map and it’s a large place with a lot of walking. The QR code required downloading an app which we didn’t care to do. The signage could be improved upon also. The animal area was nice and the walking trails very scenic. However there were mosquitoes and gnats. We should have also been told that when we purchased tickets, as our grandson gets an allergic reaction to the bites.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Jerry A
    Jefferson, Georgia2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring Bug Spray
    First, the garden, staff and tour guides were all top notch. We were “ill prepared for” and did not expect the very real need for bug spray. Mosquitoes were thick and bothersome everywhere outside of the house itself which took away from the experience as a whole. The kid inside also enjoyed visiting the Wildlife Center.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Trip36541538851
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnolia madness
    Our family attended our son’s Naval Power School graduation and we decided to visit the famous Magnolia Plantation. We loved the tour of the mansion which Beverly gave us. Her enthusiasm was infectious. We also enjoyed the tram ride where we were fortunate to see gators, turtles swimming in the blackish swamp. We also learned so much about the experience of the life of the enslaved people during the Slavery to Freedom tour. Our family highly recommend visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 September 2023
  • carolricketson
    Akron, Ohio13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful 4-hour Experience
    Small bus to the Plantation, guided walking tour thru the gardens, tram ride thru more gardens and tour of the plantation. Well worth the visit and a lot of history. Must be able to walk a bit and stand while touring the plantation, but very enjoyable.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Greg P
    Galva, Illinois336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day in Charleston
    Thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the plantation after thoroughly researching where to go while in Charleston. We went to Magnolia and all of the plantations in Charleston. Highly recommend each one of them. Need 4 hours minimum to visit Magnolia in my opinion.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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LadyPhade
Brookeville, MD40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My review is based on the time of year I visited and the price. I definitely feel as if I just got ripped off. Visited end of August paid almost $40 for entrance plus two tours which in my opinion should be free with entrance and both were nothing special. I feel like I got ripped off. Within 20minutes of entering..the heat was so bad we were contemplating leaving. The zoo area is a bit lame and I hate to see animals behind bars. There are a few deer, goats, ducks and chickens roaming around that will come up to you. We wasted time there before our tour started which was the nature train tour. Tour guide was awesome but could only understand about 60% of what he was saying because of his southern accent and he was talking quite fast. The tour itself was more like getting on a gold cart and circling around a swamp..maybe seeing a few alligators, etc. After that we were hot and soaked in sweat trying to start our venture around to explore pathways...felt like we would just get lost in the pathways that had little to no animals or flowers in bloom at this time of year. Maybe I picked the wrong time to visit. We ended up leaving shortly after tour because the heat was unbearable on our walk we saw nothing special. The bridge was under construction from a storm so you could not even photograph one of the prettiest sites. It was like paying to go to a free park only because there was history of rice plantations, etc there. There is gardens near where I live that were equally as pretty and are free to enter. All in all the price is ridiculous. I would not re-visit.
Written 2 September 2020
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s f
Sumter, SC40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I was actually a little apprehensive about spending the day here with my grandkids as I thought they’d get bored quickly. Instead they had an awesome day! There’s so much for them to explore and we spent at least a hour in the Petting Zoo. They had a blast trying to spot alligators (saw at least 4) and turtles. There was something to see around each curve and over each bridge...lots of photo opportunities. We had planned on eating in town so we didn’t get to try the Peacock Cafe. The menu looked amazing, definitely not the usual burgers, fries and hot dogs...they had all different wraps, brunch items, speciality coffees. Plan on eating here to extend your day. Don’t forget to check out Groupon for 1/2 price admission tickets which include the petting zoo.
Written 10 February 2020
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Lynn Berg
Naples, FL1,021 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
I've been to a few Plantations in the south. This one disappointed me. There's a $20 fee per adult (just to walk the premises) and then an additional $8 per tour (main house, slave quarters, etc.). If you want to see everything, it's an expensive day. Other plantations I've been to had one entrance fee.

We only purchased the slave quarters' tour. We took the tram (near the restrooms) and were shuttled to the slave buildings. We then walked to a covered area that had benches to sit on (uncomfortable for the back) where the guide gave history of the Plantation and the enslaved people on the property. We had a chance to ask questions. Informative. There are 4 small buildings on the slave property. One from 1850, and then 3 updated quarters showing the "improvements" to the small, one room cabins.

Be sure to tip your guide. It's a kindness.

We wandered through the gardens, which were in bloom with spring flowers. The live oak trees are impressive.

The plantation house is not the original. Without paying the extra for the house tour, a visitor can only walk around on the veranda.

Very nice gift shop. Great selection.

There's a snack bar also.

Lots of walking paths all over the Plantation. Lots of photo opportunities.

Written 26 March 2021
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MorganasLegend
Wilmington, DE74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We went after visiting Drayton Hall just a short drive away. We got there around 1:30 on a Thursday and it was quite crowded. Be prepared for that because the tours are all time slotted by the hour and even though we got there before 2 pm, the next available house tour wouldn’t have been until 4 pm. So you’ll want to get there early to try to beat true crowds. We opted just to do the general admission and the Audubon Swamp trail, but they also have a tram ride through the property, a zoo, a boat tour and a tour of the slave cabins. There’s also an on-site cafe. Everything is ala carte, so you pay one general admission which just covers the garden walk, plus $10 or so for each add on you want to do. Just the general admission and the swamp add on for 2 people was $60 so it is on the pricey side. The garden walk is impressive and seems to go on for ever with out coves this way and that. Saw quite a few little alligators. The swamp walk was also nice, about a mile or so, there’s a small didn’t see much wild life there aside from a lizard and some turtles, but there was an abundance of egrets in the rookery. You could easily spend a good part of the day here if you take part in everything.
Written 6 May 2021
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Danielle H
Milwaukee, WI107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Wayyyy overpriced for what you get. $20 just to get in and then each tour is separate $$. There were people everywhere, the garden wasn’t maintained well, and it was super pricey. The tour of the house was upstairs only (bottom floor is a gift shop) and you can’t take any pics. The tour guide was nice enough though. The zoo was neat, as deer and goats (etc) came right up to you. After visiting Boone’s Hall today I realized how much better maintained the property is, the prices are better, and they do so many tours/informational presentations all over the plantation. If you have it pick one, pick Boone’s.
Written 8 July 2020
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Matthew M
Sanford, ME1,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We went here on a Saturday with our 2 year old daughter. Kids are free and they have a $3 off military and first responder discount. It’s a fairly large area but many of the immediate attractions are close together. Our first stop was the Peacock Cafe for some water because it was blazing hot. Lots of snacks including beer and wine which you can consume on the premises. Next stop was the petting zoo which had numerous ducks, deer, chickens, peacocks, and a nice goat among other creatures. Bring some change for the feed dispenser! Next stop was the gardens and house. We didn’t tour the house but checked out the gift shop on the first floor. We went through most of the gardens, which include a maze and several ponds. The paths are well maintained and easily negotiable with a normal stroller. We looped back to the main area for the nature train ride. It was an interesting 45 min ride through the surrounding area with plenty of wildlife, including several gator sightings. Overall a good trip, but next time I’d budget a full day here, bring more snacks, and take the slave cabin and plantation house interior tour!
Written 18 July 2020
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4ublueskies
Jacksonville, FL138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Fantastic way to spend time with family and friends for a getaway.
We took advantage of the discount bringing non perishable items with ticket purchase runs through December. Saved over $50.00 for family of 4. You also get to return within 7 days for free entry of the gardens.
First day we took tram
ride. Well worth it. You visit far end of property. Sites include large pond views of turtles, alligators and wildlife. You pass slave quarters, native American burial ground,views of river and historic tales of the family that owned and still owns the property and home.
Toured main cottage, very beautifully maintained with historic furnishings , art and dinnerware.Home has great architecture changes throughout the years. Even though it's the 3rd home built on the property it is still a gem.
Peacock cafe - get a snack or eat lunch, everything is good.

Petting zoo , we visited twice. Bring a quarter to feed the peacocks!

2nd time we returned, we visited the nature walks and rivers views. We also were able to see the chinese new year art along the path, very beautifully designed and great photo opportunity. Runs through March.

Gift shop has great plantation gifts and local Charleston touristy goods.

If you live nearby and can visit often get an annual pass, bring your dog to walk trails and even tram.
Loved our visit and we would come back when the boat tours are in season.
Written 1 January 2020
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RJM
Charleston, SC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The animals at the zoo would be there regardless of whether or not Shannon was one of their keepers, but I AM CERTAIN they live such happy lives because of the care she gives them! Right away when you start talking with Shannon you get a sense of how much she loves her job and her "kids." We caught her mid-shoveling to ask her a question, and she stopped what she was doing and completely focused on us and our visit....She told us stories about some of the animals, answered every question we had, and made us feel as if we were the only ones in the zoo. We spent 45 minutes just walking around, getting love from the residents (especially Gracie the deer), and at closing time we witnessed Shannon "lead" all the chickens to their coop for the night...just like the Pied Piper :) They all know her very well, and Millie the rooster helped make sure all his girls were safe before going in himself. Shannon, you are the best! Thank you for your time, patience, and love for the animals and your job
Written 3 January 2020
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df03438
Farragut, TN127 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Good:
Rustic romantic style gardens with winding trails.
Nature tram tour provided a good 45 minute overview of the property.
Abundant birds. We saw egrets, herons and many more.
Significant historical sight.

Bad:
Garden admission is $20. Tours are additional $8 charge each for the house, the Audobon swamp garden, the nature tram. We have been to many gardens and found pricing for this property to be excessive.
The Peacock Cafe is an over priced snack shack offering prepackaged items.
I would not recommend this attraction to a friend.

Written 3 February 2020
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floridian6
orlando, fl229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We arrived around 9:30 am and was given a schedule of the tours we chose to do. First was the slave quarters tour. It was very informative and recommended. Second was the tram tour which was not so good. It mostly went through the swamp and border of the gardens in the woods. It does not go through the gardens at all. I felt it was a waste of time, the guide talked nonstop which was very annoying. Third was the boat tour which was ok. The guide did not talk nonstop which was nice to have a little peacefulness on the water. It was a short tour. Last was the house tour. It was interesting to hear about the family history and see the furnishing in the house. By the end of the tours we had little time or energy to see the gardens, so we went back a second day (the do let you come back at no charge within 2 days) so I could then just walk the gardens. The azaleas and camellias were in full blood during the time I was there (they bloomed early this year). If they had not been blooming it probably would not been as pretty. Some camellias are 150 years old, so be sure to see the historic camellia garden. There are some beautiful old oak trees and quaint bridges crossing some ponds. A walk along the river is very nice and relaxing. The bamboo garden is interesting. There were beautiful peacocks roaming the gardens. I did buy some really nice bird pictures (copies) done by a historic artist ( Dingle and another one). Lunch is mostly sandwiches and wraps eaten outside on picnic tables.
Written 13 March 2020
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