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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
800 367-3517
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Ranked #22 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: Home of the oldest garden in America.
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Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The gardens really were beautiful. But the cost to see the grounds was a bit high, considering EVERYTHING else was an add on. We paid to see the house, which wasn't worth it at all. A lot of the furniture isn't even original, and the tour was a whole 15 minutes. For the prices they're charging, I was expecting an... More

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Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

On a previous visit I had visited Drayton & Middleton. All three have their charm and history. On a hot day you can still see this plantation. There are teams and boat tours that take you around. The house is perfectly preserved. It is a privately owned. Per tour info the original families still live there. Even without the flowers... More

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Syosset, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We have gone to several plantations, and this one offers so much to see and do It is educational, beautiful to look at. I learned quite a bit about rice cultivation in the Carolinas at this plantation Far superior to Boone Hall overall

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Woodstock, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Visited the plantation of the last day of my trip. Spent a few hours wandering the grounds and enjoyed my time there. It's a bit of a pricey excursion, requiring you to pay a general admission fee and then an additional fee for many of the other spots (e.g. the boat ride, the plantation house, the audubon swamp). I would... More

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great neck
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

If you don't know which of the two plantations to go on (Magnolia vs Middleton ) hands down, go to Middleton. Middleton has the manicured, Versaille like gardens and Magnolia, although lovely, has natural gardens that you would see any where. Magnolia is also more wooded. I was not all that impressed with Magnolia despite the all must-see reviews. If... More

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falmouth, maine
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232 reviews 232 reviews
70 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

this place makes no bones about the fact that it is not a formal English garden. It is a plantation; several ponds, bridges, borders the Ashley river. Not loaded with fancy flowers and flowering shrubs, but lots of beautiful azaleas. There are a lot of other things to do like visit the plantation house or take a tram, but we... More

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Bern
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46 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This extensive and very beautiful garden is a must see. Unfortunately in summer there are not all that many flowers in bloom, but it was still great. I loved the intricate bridges, they made for some great photo shots. Since it is so big you can always find a quiet spot. I highly recommend to also visit the Audubon Swamp... More

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Oneonta,New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens, pond, bridge walkways, river views. Recommend the boat ride tour through former rice paddies. See alligators and variety of birds. Go early enough to also take the swamp walk. We were incorrectly told that we would have time for this after boat and house tour but they lock up promptly at 5PM. Also, we were on the last... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the natural boat tour. It is extra on top of the plantation ticket. It is just fun to enjoy the boat ride for 40 minutes watching the natural life go on its own business. I didn't take the train tour so I am not sure if that's this much fun as the boat ride. The house seems... More

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful natural plantation. The gardens are not perfectly landscaped but I think that adds to the beauty. We saw a ton of alligators on the boat and train (team) tour. It was very cool to see them in their natural habitat rather than a zoo or aquarium setting. The Spanish moss on the huge magnolias was incredible... More

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