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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
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Owner description: Home of the oldest garden in America.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Visiting Magnolia Plantations was an amazing experience in lots of ways. The scenery was gorgeous, and the tour guides were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Of all the things at Magnolia, I was most excited to go on the boat tour, and it didnt disappoint. Randy, the guide, is terrific. I was the only person on my tour, and he... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on November 4, 2014. We knew this was not exactly the season for gardens so we could only imagine what acres of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and other plants would look like in the spring. It was an interesting enough place to tour and I would recommend that you visit, but not at this... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit Magnolia Plantation instead of Middleton during our recent visit, and in the end, wished we had chosen Middleton. Magnolia has lovely grounds and the house tour (an extra charge) was interesting, but not spectacular. My toddler enjoyed the petting zoo and the miniature horses, and we had a nice stroll around the grounds. It is expensive... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The gardens are beautiful. Nice to wander around, take your time, see the alligators etc. and admire the beautiful camellias. Good tour of the house by a very knowledgeable man. Went on the tour of where the slaves lived which was informative. Everything is "extra $" for the tours but good value and easily spend a good part of the... More

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed walking around the extensive gardens but the signs are confusing and it's very easy to get lost. The house itself is a little disappointing with very little of historical interest remaining. The "train" tour of the grounds was enjoyable. We walked to the the slave cabins but were chased away by a staff member who said they... More

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Florence, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I enjoyed the plantation but the house was a bit disappointing. The tour of the house was very good, the guide was terrific, but much of the house still needs restoring. You may go in expecting Tara, but should think more second house in the country. The history of the place was fascinating and the grounds were wonderful. You could... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Although not much was in bloom when we went, it was still a beautiful plantation to visit. There was a guided tram tour that took us around the grounds, and then a tour of the house on the plantation. It is a beautiful place to just walk around and soak up some history.

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Bergen County, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The grounds are lovely, but the house isn't much. It's very expensive. Skip the self-guided swamp tour. We saw no animals there at all. The boat ride was good, saw alligators and blue herons up close. The signs are very confusing and it can be difficult to find what you are looking for.

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Thibodaux
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Magnolia Plantation and gardens is gorgeous!! We did the general admission, the house tour and the swamp gardens. Now there is other things you could do and your really could spend all day here. The garden is included in the price of your admission ticket and is so beautiful. The house tour was really nice and our guide ( Scott)... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Took the Home tour and it was splendid indeed. The Guide explained all the history of this Home and what a story it was. We walked all the grounds and the flowers were gorgeous .Had lunch there and it was surprisingly good also. The china is especially to be noted in this mansion.I highly recommend this plantation tour.

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