Magnolia Plantation And Gardens

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  • 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

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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  • Beautiful and well kept old plantation! Petting zoo is a nice touch that my kids loved! A must ---- do the guided tours whether it's the house tour, the ride on tour, the slave homes walking tour, the boardwalk walking tour etc. Beautifully maintained and groomed gardens are everywhere. Perfect venue for weddings or large parties. Be prepared for important historical information and ask many questions. Such an important part of American history...kids and adults alike need to know and understand what happened, why slave plantations existed and what that means both then and now. Alligators are sometimes seen on the tours which is always cool! Prepare to spend a day here...a full day. Quick tip: if you bring your receipt the next day, you can get back in for free!!

  • We visited this plantation in the middle of March, so it was cool enough out to enjoy walking around the plantation. I'm not sure how much I would like visiting here in July, if you do come that time of the year, I'd suggest bringing some bug spray. This place can get pricey quick. It's $20 for the general admission, but then $8 EACH for the five other tours. We opted to only add on the historic house tour for $8. We had our five pound dog with us, it's so nice that they will let you carry your small pup into the house to take the tour. My favorite part of the tour was our leisurely stroll through the gardens. The house tour was somewhat interesting as well. We had also visited Boone Hall Plantation while on this trip and I think I liked this one a bit better due to the gardens.

  • The grounds and house are stunning, but the plantation house tour is a white-washed history. The tour guide there will briefly tell you that the gift shop downstairs is the old slave kitchen... The Slavery to Freedom tour (only an additional $8) was the BEST part of my experience in SC. Our tour guide John was a passionate, truthful, and articulate guide. If you are looking to learn about the true roots and foundation of our country, you will definitely want to see this. Some people say Magnolia isn't worth the money, but in my opinion, if you're coming to visit Charleston, you might as well spend a little money to learn about one of the most historic cities in the US!

  • What a beautiful place! We were lucky enough to visit when the azaleas and wisteria were blooming, and it was a wonderful visit! We took the boat tour which was very informative and tranquil. Our tour guide (forgot his name, but his wife came from the Chicago area) really held our interest, and knew so much about the flora and fauna of the area. We really enjoyed the ride! We also took the tram tour, and had a very interesting character for our guide. He had lots to say about the area, and you could tell he really loved what he did! He had a whole binder of photos that he passed around, showing photos from his nature experiences. We enjoyed his "show"! We are so glad we came here - it was a most enjoyable afternoon in such a tranquil setting!

  • Had a such a good time that we went back twice in same week. Admission includes second day free within seven days. Would recommend boat ride, tram ride and swamp walk. House tour was disappointing because you didn't really see much of the house, only first floor. It was all history of dwelling and owners. Swamp tour was worth the whole visit. We saw lots of Gators (up close) and large nesting birds. If you like to walk it's worth it. Trails are paved or gravel.

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