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, 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.

Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Magnolia Plantation And Gardens

  • 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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  • 90.51% of people who visit Charleston include Magnolia Plantation And Gardens in their plan

  • 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

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Magnolia Plantation And Gardens

People normally club together Boone Hall Dr and Drayton Hall while planning their visit to Magnolia Plantation And Gardens.

People also prefer to start their day with Magnolia Plantation And Gardens.

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Magnolia Plantation And Gardens Reviews & Ratings

  • First time visit with my granddaughter. She absolutely loved the petting zoo! Don't miss the "train" ride around the property as your first step. This will give you a great overview and you'll get a chance to see the wildlife and some great scenery. We will be going back for a better look at all the other elements of the property. Looking forward to the Chinese Lantern light show over the holidays

  • What a magical place. It's absolutely lavish and lush for being in the desert. It's so well maintained and just a journey waiting for the next turn. I wanted to visit the butterfly pavilion but it is closed for the summer.I'd highly recommend for you to wear hiking shoes because this hike is basically the most rocky, up hill, intense cardio I've done with regular gym shoes.. If you aren't used to these types of hikes, definitely prepare yourself with a lot of climbing.

  • Magnolia plantation & gardens 12 generations of Drayton family descendent have lived here. This place was established IN 1676. We did the train ride, I WOULD definitely recommend it because it does show you a lot of the history, plant life, and wildlife. Magnolia gardens have been famous since the 1800s and has been known as the most beautiful garden in the world. 500 acres. Duckweed on the ponds, it looks like a layer of scum but are tiny, tiny, little green plants. They are getting ready for the Chinese Lantern Festival and it looks like it’s going to be incredible. I heard that they had seven shipping containers full of decorations for this festival they also had the people come from China to be able to assemble all the lights and decorations. If you look closely at the dragon you can see that it’s made out of plates, So beautiful and so artistic. I want to go back to see that festival. Next time I am in this area I WOULD go back because I didn’t have enough time to see how the things that they offer.

  • Came to Charleston to visit family and so glad we made it to Magnolia Plantation. Every staff member was so friendly. The lady at the ticket window advised us well when we had questions based on our time frame, yet wanting to capture as much of the experience as we could. Tad was a great guide on the train tour. His personality is PERFECT for that job. His ability to bring together geography, culture, history and humor....excellent. The grounds were gorgeous even in August, and not peak blooming season. In fact, it was 110 with the heat index, and I would donit again even so in a heart beat. I finally saw alligators...which was very exciting for me. The walks (make sure and check out the swamp walk,) had very clear signs that you may encounter various wildlife. We saw all ages there and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Thank you for providing this experience. We will be back.

  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a great place to take kids on vacation. They offer walking trails, history, and a zoo among other things. There is a lot to do and so many things to see. There is also a cafe for food if you’re hungry and drink if you’re thirsty. We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely come back next time we visit Charleston.

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  • what is the admission price for seniors thank you

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    • I don't think there are any special discounts for senior citizens here. There are required to pay the adult admission fee, i.e., $52. 

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  • Please tell me first the best time to visit from out-of-state; and the range of months in the spring and fall to see everything if we can't make it at the optimum time? Thanks.

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    • March to May are the best months to visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. For more information, it is recommended that you call on (843) 571-1266. 

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    • March to May are the best seasons to visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. For more information, it is recommended that you call on (843) 571-1266. 

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