Magnolia Plantation And GardensCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8435711266
- Ticket Price: 15 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Garden, Zoo, River, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Lake, Nature, Bird Watching
Magnolia Plantation And Gardens - Review
Registered in the list of National Historic Landmarks, this garden and plantation was built and modified by the Drayton family in the early 18th century. There is an old house and extensive portions of gardens and fields. The Drayton family still looks over the whole garden property even after 15 generations have passed by.
Initially they took up the land and built there a small house with a formal garden. This later expanded to give way to rice cultivation that was looked after by African slaves who knew the art of growing rice very well. Later on, after a couple of generations passed by the garden was beautified and it started gaining popularity for its color and charm.
At present there is a plantation garden and also a museum hall that has become a very popular tourist spot. The park is divided into a number of sections. What is most attractive about this place is the fact that here you will get to see styles and choices of several generations starting from the 1800’s to the different war times till the 19th century. In spite of the fact that the garden has been redeveloped again and again, the essence of each time remains intact. There is also a pet zoo here that the children will love. The history of African slavery can also be seen here from the various displays and photographs. There are also beautiful artificial lakes, bridges, swamps and exotic gardens here. To be specific the various displays here are as follows-
- 20th century history when slavery was in full swing in the society. The plantation area reflects each and every detail of how the slaves were kept in this place and they all wanted a good change.
- Barbados Tropical Gardens- This is an indoor garden with tropical plants and flowers.
- Camellia Collection- The earliest types of camellia Japonica was discovered long ago in 1820. The rest of the plantings were planted later over the years.
- Cattail Wildlife Refuge- This is a very peaceful part of the gardens with a bird watching tower also.
- Cypress Lake- In this part you will find old cypress trees on the banks of beautiful rivers and wetlands.
- Nature Center and Zoo- this part is a conservatory cum zoo with the swampy vegetation.
Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Information
- Do not touch the plants or pluck flowers.
- Do not litter the gardens with packets or bottles.
- Interpretative shows and programs are also put up very frequently.
- There is also a very good gift shop in the museum.
Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Ticket Prices
- The ticket counter closes at 4:00 PM.
- $10 ( for kids 6-12 years).
- Free (for kids below 6 years).
Restaurants Near Magnolia Plantation And Gardens
- Big Billy’s Burger Joint
- Middleton Place Restaurant
- Charleston House of Pizza
- Nigel’s Good Food
- Sticky Fingers
- Sunflower Cafe
- Cafe Fork
- La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill
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10 AM - 11 AM
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People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Magnolia Plantation And Gardens
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Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston Reviews
Great plantation experience. Prices are a little steep, but generally a lot to see and do, could definitely make it a solid day experience if you wanted to walk through all the gardens as well as take the train/boat/house tours. However the tours are extra, the admission just gets you into the gardens and the petting zoo area. The boat tour was fun, saw gators and a variety of birds including a bald eagle. The house tour was a little bit shorter than the ones downtown where they give you a bit more time to look around, but here they are pretty busy so move you through. Great gardens especially if you go the months all the flowers are blooming. The petting zoo had more animals than I expected, deer, goats, chickens, turkeys etc. Nice gift shop and a little outdoor lunch restaurant.
beware it cost $20 dollars to get in the $8 dollars the see the house then if you want to see then if you want to do the nature train ride add 8 dollars more per person each time you want to see something more it cost you $8 dollars except for hiking or walking on the nature trail having lunch at the picnic table or using the bathroom. eating at the cafe also cost money. otherwise its a beautiful place to see. Great plantation experience. but generally a lot to see and do, could definitely make it a solid day experience if you wanted to walk through all the gardens as well as take the train/boat/house tours. However the tours are extra, the admission just gets you into the gardens and the petting zoo area. The boat tour was fun, saw gators and a variety of birds including a bald eagle. The house tour was a little bit shorter than the ones downtown where they give you a bit more time to look around, but here they are pretty busy so move you through. Great gardens especially if you go the months all the flowers are blooming. The petting zoo had more animals than I expected, deer, goats, chickens, turkeys etc. Nice gift shop and a little outdoor lunch restaurant.
A bit out of the way for Aussie. This is what the deep South of America was like back in the days of slavery. The plantation house was magnificent old world charm. The slaves quarters were bare but possibly for where they were in those days , adequate as they had a roof over their heads. Also able to grow some of their own food too. Very interesting to delve back into the past to see life as it was like at that time
An amazing place to visit! So much history and nature. It's so unique and will cared for. You can spend an entire day here. The house tour is great. Walking attend the gardens is a beautiful, peaceful experience. There's a petting zoo and a swamp walk. The place is huge! A must do if you are visiting Charleston!
we enjoyed exploring the plantation, it was not busy when we were there the last week of August. with purchase of admission, you can revisit the plantation for free within a week. there are many additional "guided tours" can be purchased--- a few that i remember---to tour the inside of the plantation house, a boat tour through the rice fields, a walk through the swamp gardens. we did not purchase any of them. the plantation grounds were very pretty, i am sure in the spring with all the flowers in bloom it is breathtaking!