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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
800 367-3517
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Ranked #22 of 106 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: Home of the oldest garden in America.
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I really just wanted to see the oaks, and had to pay admission for that. So we tried to make the best of it. We took the plantation tour. Basically looked at a farm. It was cool to see where a scene from 'the notebook' was filmed. Butterfly cafe was lame. We didn't tour the house for the same reasons... More

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San Diego CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We wanted to see one of the historic plantations in the Charleston area. Because two members of our party were recovering from surgery, we wanted to minimize walking. Magnolia Plantation was perfect. It has extensive grounds, natural style gardens and a historic summer home with tastefully restored interior. You don't have to walk the whole property. They have a nature... More

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Moab, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful plantation and well worth the time to tour. You can wander on your own, ride a tram, take a boat ride, tour the house, etc. We chose to tour the house and also take the tram ride to see the grounds and wildlife. Guides were very knowledgeable. There is a basic admission price and then additional... More

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Ft. Lauderdale
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you love photographing nature then this is the tour for you. The oaks trees (huge and magnificient) and gardens are beautiful. Of course, there's the bridge which is a must to photograph. The history of the house is so interesting. I also highly recommend the Slavery to Freedom tour. Worth the price to tour the house, nature train and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Had an interesting day at the plantation. I suggest arriving early in the morning if you want to see all the different tours they offer.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The grounds are beautiful! You pay to enter the grounds, and everything else is extra. We chose to take the tram ride, which was about 45 minutes. I will say that the guide was informative, but I would've enjoyed more stops to take photos. We did stop a few times, for the guide to point out alligators, birds, and turtles,... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit and was extremely pleased. First thing to do was tram tour of the swamp area with guide interpreting the natural history and wildlife of the plantation. Saw many birds and alligators as well as lots of native plants including the floating islands.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I entered review under magnolia. Plantation with charleston tours. Alice was great tour guide. A lot of walking. Kids would enjoy nature tram.

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Felton, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We booked our tour at tourist information in Charleston. Our guide was really well informed. She was excited to share her knowledge about the gardens, curiosities, and fmailies who have called this beautiful real estate home. The docent at the plantation house was very knowledgable. She was inviting and never rushed you throught the house. Overall, I would highly reccomend... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's an interesting historical place and quite beautiful. But, I find the price a little steep for what you get...and the only reason I can't give it 5 stars.

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