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“Great picture ops”

Ranked #58 of 233 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great picture ops”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

Love the nature walk o the Audubon swamp garden...Birds and gators and turtles ....If you love photography, you will enjoy this trail...

Visited May 2014
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“You gotta give this a try!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

We went to Magnolia Plantation for a long morning. My main interest was the swamp garden.
It was a beautiful clear crisp but very chilly morning. We were among the first to arrive at the main area just near the entrance to the house and grounds. We paid the $15 per person entrance fee plus $8 per person for the swamp. The grounds are lovely. We did not do the house tour. It's pretty but we really didn't want to go through the tour. We were able to go up the steps to the outside porch. Nothing special there except a nice view of the front grounds. We did visit the little petting zoo even though it was just husband and I. We figured why not we were already there. It was fun and cute. We liked the deer and the peacocks.
Then we went to the swamp area. It's actually on the way out so we drove toward the exit and pulled into the lot near the swamp garden. There's a sign directing you to it.
We LOVED it! Absolutely gorgeous, erie, peaceful, quiet, very green and out of the ordinary for us. We walked pretty far into it and we saw egrets, turtles, gators, ducks and birds. The trees and swamp and flowers themselves were beautiful and the excitement of seeing the gators (my husband was barely a step away from a baby gator sunning himself just out of the water against the path) was exactly what I'd hoped for. Definitely a must do.

Visited April 2014
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New york
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359 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Bird watching paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

It is inside the Magnolia plantation. To get into the swamp garden, we had to pay for the basic entrance fee to the plantation and an addition fee to gain access to the swamp garden.

We really enjoyed walking among the swamp. We saw plenty of birds, mostly egrets and some heroin. There were alligators too.

We spent about 75 min walking with some stopping.

Visited April 2014
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Takes you back to another time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

My family loves going to the Audobon Swamp trail.... and we are not even all that into birds. Its just a great place to visit, and get away.... feels like FAR away. We've been in all seasons... can't tell you which is best.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“RIP OFF!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

We went just for the swamp. When we arrived the woman at the gate told us we could purchase a ticket just for a 1 and a half mile walk of the swamp. They then charged us "basic admission" which only allowed us to go to the gift shop and café ($15). We had to come back and purchase tickets for the swamp ($8). The entire trip ended up costing $92 dollars for a 1 and a half mile walk without a tour.

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