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“Past, present fun and animals. Something for everyone!”

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Ranked #36 of 191 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We purchased the all inclusive pass for $52. We arrived at 10am and left at 5:30pm. It’s definitely a full day. Something for everyone. I’d give yourselves at least an hour for each part. The free roaming peacocks were my favorite. I also really enjoyed the petting zoo. We also got licked on the face by the cute little deer. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the plantation. We all had a great time.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank NicoleC532
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Rich in history, well worth the visit. Gardens are very beautiful, and the home and nature tour are well worth the history of one of the oldest man made attractions in the U.S.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jarret B
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Magnolia Gardens is everything I envisioned a Southern Plantation grounds would look like, absolutely beautiful with all the Spanish Moss and garden areas looking fairy tale like. A "must-see" in Charleston. It is very near Drayton Hall so you can easily go to both.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank fishman620
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Very disappointed, not sure but I was expecting to see gardens. This was a walk in the woods and nothing more. For $20 a person, it just wasn't worth it to me. They nickle and dime you for all the other sites here as well. The train was extra, a certain tour of the house was extra......

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Lola G
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

This place is magical! We did not even visit when the azaleas are in bloom and it was gorgeous. Many of the Spanish moss draped trees are hundreds of years old. The care of and pride in this land are evident.

Start your visit with a short film explaining the history of the property. The house tour is a must see. Our docent was not only engaging but incredibly knowledgeable. There wasn’t a question posed he couldn’t answer. The furnishings and artwork are lovely and such a glimpse into the past.

We were on a limited timetable and so did not partake in the swamp or slave your. I’m planning a return trip to Charleston specifically to see the rest of the property!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank eh4643
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