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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
800 367-3517
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Ranked #23 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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Edmonton, Canada
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166 reviews 166 reviews
106 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for a Southern plantation mansion, then the Magnolia Plantation may not suit your tastes. The large house was designed for working rice plantation and is more modest although it has a very attractive view of the Ashley River and extensive grounds. We took two tours, one of the slave quarters and a nature tour of the... More

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Harker Heights, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This plantation has a lot of building history so pay attention. I would recommend viewing the video first instead. The video cleared up a lot of questions that we had during the tour. I would say the tram, the house tour and the slavery house tour are worth the money. Check for specials. When we were there it was a... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Coming in September, the gardens were still impressive however but not too much blooming. The house was not as impressive as I assumed. It's still a great tour it just feels very brief. The gardens are the best attraction followed by the swamps (if you like to stroll through nature) and the boat tour was a success as well. Keep... More

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Sorrento, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

was more like a 1940 era big house than a plantation.go to boone-hall plantation to see a real one and the tour guide doesn't give everyone time to get into each room before he starts talking,was even asked to but to no avail.not again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The animals are well cared for and each of them have distinct personalities! We chatted with the zookeeper, Channing, for quite some time about all the various "cliques" and the funny day to day happenings. She was extremely easy to talk to and provided fun and interesting information about all the creatures. You'll have a great time and it's a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A must see when you visit Charleston.you won't be disappointed.. We loved the beautiful scenery and seeing the animals. We also loved that they have free refills on the drinks that you order from the snack bar and offer ice water.

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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We only had a few hours before heading to the airport and I wish we had more. We stopped at Magnolia Plantation and what a southern beauty! The grounds are gorgeous and the house tour was very informative. Very easy access from Charleston and only 20 minutes from the airport. Plan on walking a lot, this is a big plantation... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A very good place to visit when in Charleston. The path's through the plantation gardens is a nice side tour while visiting. Also make sure to tour the house to get a sense of history.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Sunday September 14, 2014 .. if you can, go in the Spring or early Summer because the gardens should be in full bloom. This time of the year everything is mostly green with a few flowers. It was hot and humid but we had a wonderful time. We first toured the house which to me was awesome. Next we did... More

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san antonio, texas
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186 reviews 186 reviews
91 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were escorted by tour guide Valerie Stow with Adventure Sightseeing and she made this an excursion we'll never forget. She took as much time as we needed (and my wife shoots hundreds of photos) and explained everything in the gardens in depth and she even accompanied us on the train ride nature tour which was narrated by a Magnolia... More

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