A day trip to Wadmalaw Island is worth drive - and this is a must-do. There's a short video factory tour and free samplings of tea in their large gift shops. But to get the most out of your visit - pay for the trolley tour. Our guide was fabulous - it's a combination of the guide talking and a recording. This is the only commercial tea plantation in the US - and they do a great job of explaining it's history and how tea is produced. And don't be afraid to ask the guide more questions - he had alot more knowledge than was planned to be shared on the tour.
There are bus trips that stop here - and they can make it seem really busy. I'd suggest giving them time to be "ahead of you" as you do the video tour or trying the teas to make it feel more pleasant and less crowded.
I paired this visit with a trip to Irvin House Vineyards/Firefly Distillery - and it was a very pleasant day on Wadmalaw Island. If doing this as a family trip - I'd recommend bringing a picnic with you and toys to entertain the kids - don't expect to buy the food at the tourist spots.
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