Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston

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Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

Phone: +1-8435711266

Ticket Price: 15 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Wildlife Sanctuary , Garden, Zoo, River, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Lake, Nature, Bird Watching

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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
  • FATZ
  • La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill

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  • It's kinda beautiful, here. A peaceful morning walk, and enough to explore that it is DEFINITELY worth your time, if you go online and seek out their coupon, DOUBLY so. The animal area is unmatched. Where else is your kid gonna get licked by a deer, stand one inch away from a banana spider, or see fifty wonderful creatures for a few clams? Go for it!

  • If you are an out of town tourist or new to the area, you will definitely be in awe visiting this breathtaking destination. If you are a Charleston, Savannah, or low country local it may be a little less impressive as you're surrounded by the natural beauty of the azaleas and mossy oaks on a regular basis. Either way, it's a stunning place and worth the trip for any and all visitors. Especially great for anyone who loves taking photos:) My 8 year old son enjoyed the gift shop (of course), the historical buildings, and especially loved the small garden maze. So it is great for all ages!

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  • Great history and huge grounds. Did tram tour of grounds and saw many alligators, turtles, birds and natural areas. Highly recommended. Great little petting zoo. Did not get to go inside home very disappointed only available as a guided tour even Biltmore allows you to go through house or option of guided tour. The grounds over the years seem to be over grown but have many varieties of flora. Still worth the visit.

  • What a wonderful place to spend the day at. I wish we had more time, you really could spend an entire day here visiting the different parts. We did the general tour, the slave tour and the home tour. I would skip the home tour if I could only do a few as each tour is a separate charge. That makes it expensive to go there but it is very nice and done very well. I would love to go back someday and check out their animals and the swamp tour. The gardens are gorgeous and worth a stroll. I highly recommend the slave tour, they have four cabins there all staged for different decades. Sadly it seems it is the least popular of the tours but because of low turnout we got a private tour inside each cabin and had great conversation with our guide. If you make it all the way out to Magnolia plantation it would be a real shame to skip learning about the slaves that made it all possible.

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  • Loved being in this beautiful setting. Exploring the grounds on foot, tram, and boat allowed us to view the gardens from different perspectives and really immerse ourselves in both the history and the beauty of this magical place. I would recommend visiting the plantation. I did it with my 17 month old daughter in tow, she had a blast and became quite the walker during her visit.

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