Magnolia Plantation And GardensCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- 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.
- The ticket counter closes at 4:00 PM.
- $10 ( for kids 6-12 years).
- Free (for kids below 6 years).
- 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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95% of people who visit Charleston include Magnolia Plantation And Gardens in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
93.18% of people start their Magnolia Plantation And Gardens visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Magnolia Plantation And Gardens
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I love this place so much. We camp here all the time and they have these lovely peafowl including an albino one. This place has a historic house and a large field next to it. They also have a petting zoo that is open with loads of animals including goats, deer, geese, pigs, and the peacocks, as mentioned earlier, although those roam free around the whole property. There are also various nature and bike trails. Overall a great place
Absolutely beautiful gardens. We paid for the garden and house tours and were not disappointed. The grounds are beautiful. The house tour was very cool. Nice story behind all of the generations who have inherited this home and grounds. Spent approx. 3 hrs walking around.
Autobahn swamp garden, azalea full paths, wooden bridges, petting "zoo" area, peacocks roaming, views of the Ashley river, swamps surrounding the area, alligators in view just far away to be safe, house tour, tram tour, go during the late fall or spring when flowers are in bloom. Winter is great there, still flowers in bloom. Food service and bathrooms, easily spend a whole day.
You could easily spend a day walking around the entire gardens, but we spent a little over 3 hours taking photos. I suggest getting there right when it opens, as the place filled up fast. I think they charge a little too much and broke up the different areas to charge even more. If you have never been to a Carolina's swamp with Cyprus trees, see the swamp walk along with the basic gardens. Otherwise, just do the basic garden, which includes the little zoo. The zoo is very basic, but is nice for little kids.
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.