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Audubon Swamp Garden

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Open Now: 08:00 - 17:30
Open today: 08:00 - 17:30
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So interesting and so much fun. See the alligators and turtles and a snake was great! Recommend... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
Weather Dependent

I learned a lot on the guided train tour, and very much enjoyed walking unguided through the swamp... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
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Charleston, SC
+1 843-571-1266
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So interesting and so much fun. See the alligators and turtles and a snake was great! Recommend this for everyone. Walk the entire place, it's worth it and keep your eyes peeled for those animal. So much fun.

Thank livasida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learned a lot on the guided train tour, and very much enjoyed walking unguided through the swamp. It was a million degrees outside though, so we didn't make it very long before flagging. It's definitely worth seeing--especially if you can work around the weather.

Thank Tmteixeira
Reviewed 13 September 2018

time your visit per peak season and time of day for viewing the birds and animals, walk around the back pond then back up through the forest on the trail, boardwalk and trail are well kept

Thank DonNjen G
Reviewed 27 August 2018

There is so much to see as you take this easy walk through the swamp. Take bug spray and adequate water on a hot day. The swap is spectacular and there are large areas of water covered with duck week that in a photo appear...More

Thank Ron M
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a beautiful swamp area, enjoyed so much. Saw many wild critters. You should take your time when here, be quiet and still and the swamp will come alive for you! It was hot and humid and late in the afternoon, even got a...More

Thank Y5605BBrichardg
Reviewed 16 August 2018

we wree there when very hot but worth stopping at the end of the day. drive your car from main carpark towards exit and you can park right there. all on a broadwalk so you are above the water. saw good wildlife spots.

Thank ax11111111
Reviewed 2 August 2018

My 9 year old daughter and I took the time to do the swamp trail at Magnolia Gardens. Surprisingly, we had the place to ourselves and there were few, if any, bugs. There were, however, lizards, turtles, herons, birds, squirrels, orb spiders, and alligators. Great...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Go early in the day. Mid day heat will about kill you. Beautiful scenery. Didnt get ate up by bugs much either. Saw mainly turtle, no gators on our visit

Thank Elijah G
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The boardwalk and trail were easily walkable. In the spring we were able to see wood ducks, nesting and juvenile egrets and herons, turtles, dragonflies, and even alligators. You are not allowed to bring food/beverages into the swamp garden. There are some shaded areas of...More

1  Thank Char S
Reviewed 11 June 2018

I added the Audobon Swamp Gardens to my Charleston “must-do” list because I love nature, swamps, gardens, and hiking and this location had it all. I had NO IDEA it was located on an old plantation, the Magnolia Plantation, until I got there. I was...More

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Marty F
22 March 2018|
Response from Lorraine S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are! One baby gator was just a few feet from the trail, I stood and stared at it for a long time wondering if it was real. When it blinked I knew it was and moved along.
carole b
12 February 2017|
Response from Lorraine S |
No, you have to pay the entry fee for the garden and also pay to add-on a ticket to get into the Swamp Walk. They will give you a code to gain access to the walk.