Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston

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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About Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston

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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Magnolia Plantation And Gardens, Charleston Reviews

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  • Beautiful, historic, moving. An important part of history and a perfect way to spend a day. Leave enough time to see all the areas and just sit and take in the scenery. They have tours for a small additional cost (~$8) but didn't have enough time. Would love to visit again!

  • Gardens are informal variety, which I love but if you prefer formal gardens, not the place for you. Wonderfully peaceful setting. Good for kids, pets and adults. I would suggest you go at a warmer time of year to get some blooming in the garden. Plantation house interesting but not the most historic place I have been.

  • This stop was so much more than we hoped for. It is so big, so gorgeous and so full of life in the sounds and the movements you hear all around you. We saw a VERY large spider weaving a web, and even that was beautiful. The history that lives in the trees and the paths is amazing, and the bridges and structures they put in create unreal backdrops. We got incredible photos and videos all throughout, especially since it borders the water. They have bike trails as well as walking trails, and options to be driven throughout on tours for anyone not looking to spend the day walking. There is so much to do for those who can entertain themselves on sight seeing and history, we spent the whole day here and wished we had more time. The tranquility was worth the price and more.

  • If you can only visit one plantation; make this the one you visit. It has the most to offer for everyone in the family. Beautiful gardens, bridges, and trails. Romantic corners to sit and relax in nature. Hedge maze and petting zoo for kids. Nature train is fun and educational. House is beautifully kept and maintained. Snack bar has good choices for all ages.

  • My grandchildren had so much fun. Make sure to bring snacks as the food is expensive. We will be visiting again. I suggest a yearly pass, you can go anytime and makes more economical sense if you live here and like to visit. Many animals mingle in the open and are super friendly. The children's favs. Are the geese and deer.

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