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Audubon Swamp Garden

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Address: Charleston, SC
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
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A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.

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Best part of the winter tour of Magnolia Plantation

We were at the Magnolia Plantation in January and while the plantation itself is quite beautiful, at this time of year it's the swap that was the highlight. We saw lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013 via mobile

We were at the Magnolia Plantation in January and while the plantation itself is quite beautiful, at this time of year it's the swap that was the highlight. We saw lots of migratory birds, turtles and alligators. A beautiful spot and well worth the extra time.

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We opted to pay extra at Magnolia Plantation to see the Audubon swamp gardens, and it was definitely worth it! We went in winter, so we did not see any alligators, but we saw plenty of ducks, egrets, herons, and turtles on our walk. There were multiple pathways to take, and it was just beautiful.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

We spent a couple hours soaking in the stark beauty of this natural wonder. The Audubon folks have kept the swamp in its natural state, and we are able to see the effects of hurricanes, time etc. The only negatives? While it may seem obvious to most of us, I think they need a "no smoking" sign, because on our... More 

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CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

If you need to reconnect with nature while in Charleston, this is a lovely place to do it. A boardwalk winds through the swamp allowing an up-close look at the birds and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye for alligators and bring binoculars to view the birds!

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Thank Lorri H
Elburn, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

We went for a nice walk through the entire swamp and who would think that a swamp could be so lovely. It was an excellent stop. We saw huge spiders and some alligators and the trails were easy for those who may not be in the greatest shape.

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Thank tmyil Y
Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2012

Never really had an interst in seeing a swamp! But this was a Jacques Custeau moment, I think! Seeing live gators and the beauty from the flora and fauna was just amazing. Their were no other people around so it was a liitle intimidating at first, but when you cant get your eyes off everything that their is to see.......it... More 

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Thank Amy H
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We have been members of Magnolia Gardens for about 10 years because it lets us go any day and wander the Audubon Swamp. All of Magnolia Gardens is magnificent, but we love keep track of all the nesting birds in the swamp and counting the alligators. We always see something new.

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Thank LoisinCharleston
Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

We saw lots of great animals, egrets, turtles, alligators. Got a little scared after we saw a huge snake and an alligator on the trail (we screamed and it ran away). Fun story to tell and we had a good laugh. Be alert!

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Thank Wtrmlngurl
Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

This boardwalk weaves through former rice fields. One always sees alligators sunning themselves on platforms built out in the water. The rookeries are so full of birds that one barely sees the leaves in those particular trees. Flowers have been planted in amongst nature.

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Thank Darline W
North Charleston, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

I like the way they preserve local fauna and flora. All of my European visitors were especially thrilled looking at gators.

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