Magnolia Plantation And Gardens

Currently 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).

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  • Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, United States
  • Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Contact Number: +1-8435711266
  • Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Price: 15 USD
  • Best time to visit Magnolia Plantation And Gardens(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Magnolia Plantation And Gardens: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 83.71% of people start their Magnolia Plantation And Gardens visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

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Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston Reviews

  • I can't say enough about this place! Absolutely amazing! The gardens are breathtaking. The tours were informative and entertaining. The petting zoo was just perfect for the kids. And the self guided walking tour was just plain cool. Definitely will be going back if I'm ever in this area again.

  • Fun way to spend the morning while vacationing in Charleston. There are other plantations as well but this was the only one I have visited so far. In late June there were few flowers, but it's fun to wander the paths. There were some bugs and we were glad to have brought bug spray. We did the boat tour and only saw some baby alligators (and the snout of one larger one in the distance), plus many birds, but the guide made it a memorable experience--great stories and lots of jokes!

  • A 'Must See' getting out of Charleston into the countryside! Don't miss the Plantation history film at the entrance in a special screening auditorium. The Plantation House tour was very informative. Special thanks to the family for creating the 'From Slavery to Freedom' Tour and to our guide Mr. Joe for making it all come alive. The slave dwellings and their story reveal the hard work that led to the lucrative rice trade and family's wealth...not to be forgotten!! The wonderful gardens are a graceful glimpse back in time.

  • A beautiful place with lots of history. It was extremely busy, so when I go back it will be during the off-season and on a week day. I still had a wonderful experience, but the crowd level made it feel a bit too touristy for my personal taste. Also, plan on spending a decent bit of money (compared to other activities in the area)... the base entry price per person was $20, and that doesn't include the tour of the manor (which costs an additional $8, as do most of the other add-ons). Having said that, I'd still say it was worth it; we spent over 5 hours exploring the grounds and we definitely didn't get to see everything. On top of that, MP&G is an extremely dog - friendly place; our boxer companion was allowed everywhere (including the tram) except for the main house during the tour, and he enjoyed himself at least as much as we did. I will definitely be back.

  • Beautiful! My kids especially loved the train ride and petting zoo, and my mom loved the conservatory. Everything was very pretty and done well. Tad, our train driver, was great! You do have to purchase a ticket for admission to the grounds, garden, and zoo; and you have to purchase separate tickets for house tours, train ride, and cabin tours. All of those smaller tickets were $8 each. We saw lots of alligators (at a safe distance), turtles, and birds, and the trees were glorious. We also enjoyed a horticulture maze (think corn maze, but with shrubbery). It was just a few minutes from Charleston and a great way to spend a few hours.

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