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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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Latham, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I visited Magnolia Plantation & Gardens while on my first visit to Charleston and found it most enjoyable. The tour of the house was very informative and it was so nice to see the older furniture and pictures of previous tenants, etc. The gardens were also lovely as well, but I'm sure it's much prettier in the spring and summer.... More

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Pooler, Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

First off, if you're like me and going up for the gardens, make sure to always check their website first. They have a spot on there which will tell you what happens to be in bloom! I love to visit this place at least once a year to take photos of the gardens. If you're visiting from out of town,... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We arrived early and were the first ones to take a tour of the gardens which I would highly recommend doing. For 2 hours we strolled through the gardens and saw 2-3 people the entire time. It is a stunning display of gardens, flowers, ponds and overall just beautiful!

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Houston
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This place has a very modern feel to it because it's been renovated with a bigger porch. I love a big porch, but it does change the feel of the place. Still, the gardens are lovely and the whole setting is beautiful. I don't recommend the tram ride because you see the swampy areas in back. Better to just see... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Charleston several times but it was only the first time last week I had the opportunity to visit Magnolia plantation. I took a 45 minute tram tour which provided excellent history of the ones famous working plantation. Be sure to take a one hour tour with the actual residence. There are many beautiful gardens to walk... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great place to visit. The grounds are beautiful and the boat your and swamp visit were fantastic. Today we saw six alligators, several huge spiders, two eagles, turtles, lots of various birds, fish, lizards, and so much more. It's an expensive place to visit. For my wife and I to get on the grounds, take the house tour, boat tour... More

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Harker Heights, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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

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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