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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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Address: 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7109
Phone Number: 18435711266
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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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Great glimpse of a bygone era

Interesting that the plantation is still owned and maintained by the family that built it centuries ago. We felt the shuttle tour was well worth the time and money, guided by a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Afton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I almost did not go to this due to being low on funds, but all of my fellow travelers(family) were going and so I went along. We did the Nature Train Tour and this was still one of my favorite things about our vacation (we also visited several places in the historic area of Charleston and stayed at Edisto Island).... More 

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Afton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting that the plantation is still owned and maintained by the family that built it centuries ago. We felt the shuttle tour was well worth the time and money, guided by a wry & crusty caretaker who's been on site for two decades. The gardens were past prime when we toured in August, but the walking tour of them is... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a beautiful house & grounds. We saw some alligators in the swamp. They also had a nice petting zoo. I enjoyed playing with the animals.

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Fairborn, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like animals in their natural habitat and learning history, this is a must see place! The train ride and boat ride as a must. The general admission is reasonable (you can get discount tickets). It does cost to for each ride separately, but worth it. The staff are very friendly and very knowledgeable of the plantation and area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very huge plantation of several acres along the Ashley river and a bit far from downtown Charleston. The train ride around the plantation is the best way to see it. There were very few blooms to be seen in August when we visited. We had expected to see beautiful gardens with flowers of various hues. However, the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The admission was $15 per person just to get in and walk around. All tours to get into the plantation house, slave house, or swamp tour are an extra cost. We got a map with dots on it but no explanation as to what any of the dots were. No help from the staff. We walked around gardens / grounds... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gardens and grounds are beautiful but the slave housing brings it all into sad focus. Rather than tell the true story, we got a story of happy slaves whose dependents are still loyal to the family. The tour guides have memorized what they were told--not a word of the toll of slavery. Also--you pay separately for every part of... More 

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Pharr, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited in August and while there wasn't much in bloom, it was still gorgeous. I would love to visit when the magnolias and other flooring shrubs and trees were in bloom. The little train/ tram is the best way to tour the grounds, excellent narration!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was such a let down. What a DUMP! This place looks like something out of a horror movie. The actual "masion" is run down and tiny. when people started asking the tour guide he stated that it is not the original house.Also, this is NOT a safe place - saw 2 SNAKES as walks the grounds and an... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Like the other one I visited Drayton Hall - enjoyed visiting this one as well. Always nice to revisit another time and try to sense how living was back them. I recommend a visit to this plantation.

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