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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
800 367-3517
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Ranked #20 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Home of the oldest garden in America.
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Home of the oldest garden in America.

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Abingdon, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a lovely plantation with an interesting history that goes all the way back to the late 1600s. It is the oldest public tourist site in the low country and the oldest public gardens in America. A tour of the house lasts about 45 minutes. The house is furnished with antiques, quilts and other Drayton family heirlooms. Each room... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The plantation house was burnt down several times and the one they have now very disappointing. Great nature trails, will try another Plantation next time we visit Charleston.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The gardens are quite nice, but during this time of the year (beginning of december) there is not much to see, besides nice old trees and the outlook over the river and the rice field. Entrance fee is 15$ only for basic admission, and all tours etc. you have to pay even on top. So too expensive!

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Midwest
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12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Visited December 10-11, 2014. Although it is now winter, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens was beautiful with ponds, marsh and rivers, huge oak trees with Spanish moss and some trees such as Camella still blooming. As many people have pointed out, Magnolia gardens are in more natural setting, skillfully landscaped from the original wood and wetlands. It has well maintained walk... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The grounds were really beautiful. There is a lot to see and do. My daughter really enjoyed the animals and the ride around the plantation.

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Indianapolis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Let me preface this with the disclaimer that we probably went at the worst time. The gardens were not in bloom and it was chilly for a walk around. That said, the house our was a little disappointing. The house is not one of the expansive old plantation mansions. It was a large country house. The story of the family... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The plantation is very nice with very interesting plants and trees and the house is specially impressive with ladies dressed in period clothes and they show youaround.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was a great experience. A great way to have/start a conversation with children about history and have them see it "first-hand."

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Bellingham, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited when the gardens were not at their best, but the walk through the plantation grounds was enjoyable. The house tour was enlightening and--unlike one reviewer--the history room was open and provided extra information if you're a history buff. The food available was actually pretty good; much better than I would have thought.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited Magnolia Plantation shortly after Thanksgiving. I had read that they were having a holiday food drive which with a donation gave you the admission as a 2 for the price of 1 which was a great value. We were expecting the tours to be so arranged; but are glad we participated in especially the Tour of the Slave... More 

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