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Address: 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 800-367-3517
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Description: South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of...
South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of Historic Places. Ancient Oak Avenue. Tours full of History. World Famous Gardens of the 19th Century "Romantic Style". Selected by Travel + Leisure (2014) as the only South Carolina garden deemed one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens". Reconstruction Period Plantation Home Tour. Award Winning Slave Cabin Tour. Very popular Nature-Train Tour. Rice Field Boat Tour. Family Oriented. Petting Zoo and Nature Center. Audubon Swamp Self-Guided Tour. Amazing Nesting Rookery. If you have only one Plantation to see, don't miss us!
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Enough of interest for a full day

We took the full package and we're given a timetable that worked and allowed time for lunch. We were a week or two early for much to be flowering in the well established woodland... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Monterey, Massachusetts
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Monterey, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We took the full package and we're given a timetable that worked and allowed time for lunch. We were a week or two early for much to be flowering in the well established woodland gardens but we enjoyed the tours and commentary on the house, shallow lakes (the former rice paddies) slave quarters and the swamp with many breeding birds.... More 

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Rochester, NY
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

20 minute drive from the Charleston Historic District. Great place, did the swamp hike first and then the gardens and trails on the property. What an amazing spot along the river under the big trees. My wife and adult kids had a great time. We brought water and snacks with us and stayed half the day. Good as advertised.

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Stow
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I visited last week and bought the all inclusive ticket for 47 bucks. Really not sure how they can maintain all of this property on so little. Especially enjoyed the nature train ... So here's the deal... If you are on a budget, just get the general admission and the nature train. Skip the slave tour, the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a full day at the plantation and did all of the tours. They are all motorized which is great for those of us with older legs. We saw lots of gators on the boat tour, and learned a lot about slavery and plantation life from the slave cabin tour. We didn't care as much for the nature tram... More 

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Solomon, Kansas
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We visited in late March and did the garden, house, and swamp tour and stayed about 3 hours. The azaleas and camellias were lovely and the 300 year old oak was cool. The house was nice but nothing special. We had never been to a swamp and were glad we paid for this extra. Even saw an alligator! Get there... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Our favorite parts were the boat ride and the walk through the Audubon Swamp. The boat captain was great fun and very informative. We saw a lot of different birds and many alligators. Our walk through the swamp boardwalk was lovely. We saw SO many wonderful birds and other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour. Scott ,our first driver , was just wonderful. Could not be more informative . He even stopped and bought us boiled peanuts Alan took us around the city. He certainly knew his stuff. Well worth it for an overview of the city. Anyone visiting will just love this city. The company that provided the tour was... More 

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Coopersburg
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We did the garden tour only, lots of walking so make sure you have comfy shoes! The grounds were once beautiful I'm sure! It was a little early in the season for all the flowers and bushes to be in bloom. It must be amazing in full bloom! The grounds seemed a little neglected, but that may be because it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful plantation even though we were a little early for all the flowers to be in full bloom. All the staff was friendly and seemed to enjoy what they did. The gentleman that took us on our tour was very informative and interesting. They had a little bit of everything to offer. The movie of the house's history... More 

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Bradford, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Magnolia Gardens was my favorite place visited. They offer various types of tours and you can spend hours walking the various trails through the gardens, along the river, by old rice fields, swamps, and more. The various vegetation and wildlife are amazing. The tram takes you around the perimeter and the guide, Patrick, gave a wonderful overview of the history... More 

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