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“Spanish moss, cypress knees and an alligator in the wild”

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
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Historic Magnolia Plantation Tour with Transportation
Ranked #18 of 240 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: 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!
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Spanish moss, cypress knees and an alligator in the wild”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Took our niece's recommendation and visited this plantation. A beautiful day with a tour of the house and slave cabins (very interesting with a knowledgeable guide). Walked the informal gardens and saw our first alligator in the wild sunning itself by a pond. Not expecting that since we weren't on the swamp tour! Agree with another reviewer about the number of people (too many) on the home tour. Lots of plantation history and beautiful gardens although we didn't see all of it due to our time limitations. Allow at least 3 hours to do this place justice.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Swamp, marsh, history”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

This plantation, in its 13th generation of family holding, is a wonderful site for an all day outing among the foundations of the Low Country environment. Reasonably close (13 miles or so) from old town Charleston, it offers a full range of guided boat and tram tours, guided tour of the mansion house and plenty of garden and wetlands to wander around in. The all inclusive ticket, at $47, is a fair bargain for what it gets you. And if you start your day here at opening or so it will leave you some time to visit the Audobon Swamp, which is included in the everything ticket and located adjacent to the actual plantation grounds.
Some reviewers have commented on the parking (signage, handicap, routing), indicating a difficulty- no real issues here. If you or a fellow traveler require close parking, just drive toward the ticketing entrance where you'll find adequate handicapped parking.
My wife and I took advantage of the all- included ticket and spent a wonderful 5 hours with very knowledgeable plantation staff learning about the plantation's history, how it really worked and how the Drayton family maintains possession to this very day. We also spent some time in the Audobon swamp, even meeting an Auburn Univ. student setting up a field study on some of the resident creatures.
All in all a very satisfying part of our visit to the Charleston area and well worth the time invested.

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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 12 May 2014

From Charleston and had not visited Magnolia Gardens in many years. We had a wonderful time! We did the house tour and boat tour which were fun and informative. Take your bikes with you if you can. They have nice bike trails. I was impressed with how well maintained and managed the entire plantation appeared. Beautiful! We will definitely being making another trip out there soon!

Visited May 2014
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Saginaw, Michigan
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Plantation!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Due to not having a car, we went on a tour of this plantation. Our tour guide was wonderful! First, we took a walking tour of the grounds. Unfortunately, the weather was record highs that day & it was hot (94 degrees). Next we went on the tram to tour the swamp & saw alligators, etc. That was very interesting. Last, we toured the house. There were just too many people in our house tour. We had to wait to see the rooms because there were too many people in front of us so we lagged behind to see what everyone else saw. No photos are allowed. This was disappointing as I like to have remembrances of my trips. Unfortunately, our tour time left us with only 1/2 hour left in which to get a bite to eat (around 1:30 p.m.). We never did get to go into the gift shop because we ran out of time. I would suggest going on your own, where you can take your time throughout the entire plantation.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Sharon G
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Hartselle, Alabama
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62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“very beautiful - even though passed flowering season”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just missed the azaleas and camellias in bloom but the grounds were still stunning in early May. The huge live oaks with the Spanish moss hanging down were lovely. I especially enjoyed the old slave area and the working shops (blacksmith, carpentry, etc). The tools, all powered by hand, that they had during this time period were amazing as well as what they made with them.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Mary Y
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