I was worried about making the half hour trip from Charleston with the family. Would my kids really care about a tea plantation, when we were all so hot and cranky?
I am happy to say, my worries were unfounded. When we arrived at the Plantation, we were welcomed into the visitor center with unlimited cold and hot tea in several varieties. The visitor center/gift shop offered a large variety of common and not so common tea related items.
From there, we were led upstairs to view the tea processing area, (which was not operating while we were there,) and to watch a very informative video about the tea making process.
We took the trolley tour, which was a blast. The tour narration is pre-recorded, but the tour guide made frequent stops to answer questions and add to the narration. He was informative and also pretty humorous. Maybe it's just me, but I just found it to be so funny to be riding around through bumpy fields of tea in an open air trolley that the owner had purchased off of Ebay.
All three of my kids informed us that they were pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed the Plantation. Was it the quirky vibe, or perhaps the opportunity to get away from the crushing heat of Charleston? Maybe they just appreciated visiting a place that is very different from a typical tourist attraction. I may never really know, but what I do know is that it was one of the highlights of our trip to the area.
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