Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA

A visit to a Charleston historic plantation is typically on every traveler’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case with Lowcountry wilderness rather than tamed rows and hedges, introducing guests to the area’s true colors (and teeth). Open to the public since 1870, Magnolia claims to be the oldest tourist attraction in Charleston. 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. Explore the boardwalks, bridges, and hard-packed walking trails year-round, or visit when the azaleas are in bloom and experience striking purples and pinks. It’s easy to fill a full day here, particularly 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!

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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