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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

3550 Ashley River Road


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.


Denae DiVincenzo

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Fun way to spend the morning while vacationing in Charleston. There are other plantations as well but this was the only one I have visited so far. In late June there were few flowers, but it's fun to wander the paths. There were some bugs and we were glad to have brought bug spray. We did the boat tour and only saw some baby alligators (and the snout of one larger one in the distance), plus many birds, but the guide made it a memorable experience--great stories and lots of jokes!

Mary R.

Monday, June 25, 2018
A 'Must See' getting out of Charleston into the countryside! Don't miss the Plantation history film at the entrance in a special screening auditorium. The Plantation House tour was very informative. Special thanks to the family for creating the 'From Slavery to Freedom' Tour and to our guide Mr. Joe for making it all come alive. The slave dwellings and their story reveal the hard work that led to the lucrative rice trade and family's wealth...not to be forgotten!! The wonderful gardens are a graceful glimpse back in time.

Bree Calkins

Monday, July 9, 2018
How disappointing. For the price of admission you would think they would take care of the grounds. Everything was very over grown. Completely infested with spiders everywhere. Bridges had very soft and springy wood when walking over with lots of dry rotted everywhere. One of the gazebos was over grown to the point where you couldn't hardly see it from the path. Statues were decrepit and the family crypt has a massive crack down it. The map was confusing and there was very little history mentioned in the hand out. Save your money and go down to Middleton Place Plantation down the road. It was immaculate and much more maintained.

Leighann Kinter

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
This plantation is stunning with lots of unique features to keep you and your friends / family entertained for hours. I definitely plan on returning. The website recommends allocating at least 45 minutes to tour the gardens, but I would say more like 1 - 2 hours. The petting zoo was lots of fun, even better than I expected. It contained a wide assortment of pretty sociable animals to interact with. You can also bring in your own food and there are plenty of great spots to have a picnic.

Carolin Griebel

Thursday, July 12, 2018
A beautiful place with lots of history. It was extremely busy, so when I go back it will be during the off-season and on a week day. I still had a wonderful experience, but the crowd level made it feel a bit too touristy for my personal taste. Also, plan on spending a decent bit of money (compared to other activities in the area)... the base entry price per person was $20, and that doesn't include the tour of the manor (which costs an additional $8, as do most of the other add-ons). Having said that, I'd still say it was worth it; we spent over 5 hours exploring the grounds and we definitely didn't get to see everything. On top of that, MP&G is an extremely dog - friendly place; our boxer companion was allowed everywhere (including the tram) except for the main house during the tour, and he enjoyed himself at least as much as we did. I will definitely be back.

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