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“Great price, amazing swamp tour, the rest - meh” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens
3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29455
843-553-0515
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Visitors can wander through these beautiful gardens or tour cypress-lined swamps by flat-bottomed boat.
North Carolina
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“Great price, amazing swamp tour, the rest - meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

At $10 for an adult ($9 if you're a AAA member, $8 for seniors), Cypress Gardens SC is priced far below other similar attractions. For an additional $5, you can take a 30-minute guided boat tour of the swamp.

My advice: Make sure you do the boat tour! Honestly, the rest of Cypress Gardens was disappointing. There was a building that contained all kinds of large aquariums with fish in them, but there seemed to be no theme. You ask yourself, "Why these particular fish? Are they natives of SC? How are they alike or different?" but there is simply nothing that holds the exhibit together. Same with the reptile area. There was also a parrot exhibit, but why these particular birds? The butterfly house was the best of the exhibits.

Ah, but now we get to the guided boat tour of the swamp. Now, that was worth the price of admission. Twelve people including the guide were on a large-ish flat bottom row boat as the guide slowly paddled us through the swamp, pointing out interesting spots. We saw alligator nests, places where major movies had been filmed on this swamp, a gazebo that can be rented for weddings, etc. Our guide told us why the swamp water is black, but showed us how clear the water really is. Amazing!

After the boat tour, we walked one of the paths through the property. The pathways were clear and smooth, easy to walk, and we would occasionally see something interesting, but the main thing we got out of the walk was exercise.

Bottom line, I would say the swamp tour was worth $15 to $20, and the rest maybe $5.

Visited March 2014
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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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“Very interesting and educational.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Modest entry fee and great value for the money. The swamp is the star of the show, but the attractions are great as well. Staff are well-informed and helpful.

Visited February 2014
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“Beautiful Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This location is not to be missed. Not only is it very economic for a family of any size but the scenery is worth every penny.

You can tour the gardens any time of year and always see something new in bloom. They plant their flowers so they always have something blooming.

For first time visitors I recommend taking the guided boat tour for 5$. We were lucky enough to see massive amounts of wildlife including gators, osprey, ducks, turtles, along with water lillies and beautiful trees and other flowers lining the water. Then as long as there is a boat available, for free you can paddle yourself around taking as much time for sight seeing and picture taking as you like.

I have visited many of the plantations in the Charleston area and would put Cypress Gardens up there with Magnolia and Middleton on a much smaller scale with a smaller pricetag but all the beauty.

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“Definitely a great day trip, really great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Beautiful swamp, and nice trails...I did not know you could see this kind of stuff in South Carolina. The self guided boat tour was really awesome. Just wanted to say that this one woman there was really, really nice. I called and told her I left my sweater and that I couldn't pick it up any time soon and she offered to send it to my house. Sure enough it got here today, and the envelope package says it cost 5 dollars...that was very, very nice of her and she definitely did not have to do that. I want to go there again soon to pay her back. I really don't have enough awesome things to say about this place. Beautiful trees in the swamp, beautiful birds but saw no gators in the swamp while we were there because it is winter and they are hiding away. They do have some gators in captivity, along with a variety of snakes (including copperheads, rattlesnakes, and a cottonmouth), and turtles, and other cool things. The trails were very nice. If i lived in SC it would be worth a season's pass.

Visited January 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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“Interesting scenery, plus gators”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stopped at Cypress Gardens for a couple hours on our way out of Charleston. There is some gorgeous scenery here with the cypress trees growing directly out of the black water. You can take a rowboat out yourself and paddle past the alligators and turtles hanging out among the trees, or pay an additional $5 a head for a guided tour. There are also walking trails weaving around the grounds, too.

We opted for the guided tour, hoping for a little more background on the plants and wildlife around the swamp. In retrospect, we probably should've just taken a boat out by ourselves, which would've been a liltle more peaceful and relaxing than being in a boat with a bunch of other people.

There are a few buildings on the grounds, too, with some swamp critters on display.

The swamp part of Cypress Gardens is really cool, but the additional buildings and exhibits don't quite justify the $10 per person entrance fee.

Visited March 2013
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