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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
800 367-3517
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Ranked #24 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: Home of the oldest garden in America.
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Springville, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I'm not a fan of the ala carte pricing of this place. There was an additional fee to see each little thing (slave cabins, swamp tour, house tour, etc.). The basic fee just lets you see the gardens (which are nice and does take up a large portion of the total property). The combined price was akin to an amusement... More

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va
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

we spent most of the day there. did all we could do took all the tours and did the walking parts. the guides where informative and the wild life was all around. well worth the money to see it all.

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Ellicott City, MD
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100 reviews 100 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We visited all the plantations in Charleston, and I think this is the one that most closely resembles what most of us have in mind as a Southern plantation - more similar to Tara than the rest. However, to see all the different parts of it, you have to spend more money than I think it was worth. But we... More

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new jersey
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115 reviews 115 reviews
17 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We spent the morning and a part of the afternoon walking around this beautiful Plantation. We opted to take the tram tour around the plantation and I am happy we took it. The guide was very informative, the wildlife was abundant and you really got to see the many acres and swamps that make up this plantation itself. The guide... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Spent a half day @ Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and it was well worth it! The gardens are beautiful and the wildlife is abundant. We had multiple alligator sightings as well as many birds including peacocks. I enjoyed learning about the history of the plantation (the good & bad (slavery)).

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Canton, Michigan, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The plantation is very beautiful. We only took the house tour this time, and the docent was very informative. We had a small group and they home has much of the original decor. Not the oldest home, mid to late 1800's but still beautiful grounds. Paid $17 for the "admission" and $8 for the house tour. Be sure to check... More

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I truly enjoyed an afternoon exploring the gardens, taking tours and having lunch at the cafe. I paid the base admission plus for the boat tour and the slavery to freedom tour. I found both tour guides to be very knowledgeable and friendly. As a history buff, I was pleased to learn that much of what they share is from... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The Magnolia Plantation was an interesting visit, but much too pricey for what it offered. Thy charge a fee to get on the grounds and then a fee for each part of the plantation you want to visit. To see everything, it adds up to over $50 a person! The house tour was short and only a few rooms. I... More

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Baltimore, MD
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171 reviews 171 reviews
30 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Paid a visit here over the weekend. First off, the garden walk is very nice and serene with some nice views of the river and marsh. However, we were disappointed at all the add-on fees at this place as well as some of the staff. The initial payment gets you into the grounds only and from there every little thing... More

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california
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited mid-Sept 2014. Used Charleston's Finest Historic Tours full day package: morning was an introduction to historic Charleston and afternoon was a visit to Magnolia Plantation. It was recommended by AAA Guidebook. The house is so-so since the original one burned. The tram ride was repetitive, going around the property to one swamp after another. The slave quarters were... More

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