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Charleston - 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.


Kara M.

Monday, April 9, 2018
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.

Christina Brinklow

Sunday, March 18, 2018
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 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!!

Kathy C

Saturday, March 24, 2018
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!

Perry Holmes

Friday, March 23, 2018
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!

Deanea Vivola

Saturday, March 31, 2018
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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