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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
One of Charleston’s historic plantation typically makes it onto every visitor’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case by allowing the wildness of the Lowcountry to show its colors (and teeth), rather than taming it into ornate hedges and rows. That doesn’t mean that Magnolia isn’t stunning—visit when the azaleas are in bloom and you’ll be overwhelmed with striking purples and pinks. Open to the public since 1870, Magnolia claims to be the oldest still-operating tourist attraction in Charleston, and it still looks much as it did 150 years ago, especially in the Audubon Swamp Garden, where close-up encounters with alligators are nearly a given. Boardwalks, bridges, and hard-packed walking trails invite guests to explore. It’s easy to fill a full day here, especially if you indulge in the train and boat tours. Take time to view the Ashley River from the observation tower, and end your day with a meander through the impressive and challenging topiary maze.
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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Beautiful! Petting zoo for the little ones, house tours, swamp tours, boat tours, bus tours. Less formal garden structure that allows you to enjoy nature a little more. Alligators included!
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Magnolia Gardens in Charleston
One of the most enjoyable attractions in Charleston are the many gardens. Long walks waterside show off the southern landscapes that made the city famous. Our favorite is Magnolia Gardens, pictured above and below. Magnolia Gardens is a historic home on the Ashley River. The property offers miles of leisurely walks and scenic boat rides. William Posey Silva, a Charleston Renaissance artist, called Magnolia “The Garden of Dreams,” according to officials.
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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
This 17th-century estate includes the oldest public gardens in the United States—in 1870, visitors were invited to see its thousands of flowers and plants. Today, guests can explore not only the historic flora, but also a petting zoo, conservatory and the Audubon Swamp Garden. A Nature Train and boats tour the plantation’s lakes, woodlands, marshes, rivers and rice fields, with opportunities to spot wildlife along the way. Guided tours are also offered of the plantation house and slave cabins.
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3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
+1 843-571-1266
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