We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Audubon Swamp Garden

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Charleston, SC
Website
Today
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Description:

A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 167 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Neat walk

My husband and I were visiting family in Summerville and decided to visit Magnolia Plantation and the Swamp Garden. The Swamp Garden was definitely worth checking out. It's a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kristen T
,
Wheatland, California
Add Photo Write a Review

167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 162: English reviews
Wheatland, California
Level Contributor
314 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were visiting family in Summerville and decided to visit Magnolia Plantation and the Swamp Garden. The Swamp Garden was definitely worth checking out. It's a nice walk along boardwalks and paths. We saw lots of animals including birds, lizards and alligators.

Helpful?
Thank Kristen T
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was pretty cool the alligators are able to come pretty close so keep your eyes open! There's no fence between u and the water so they have free range.. do not feed any alligator ever itsince not that long but it's shady and nice to see at least once. I recommend getting it with the gardens!

Helpful?
Thank TK0083
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
1,027 reviews
619 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 829 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 60 acre black water cypress swamp was originally used as a fresh water reservoir for the rice fields. It's at the entrance to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and is open 365 days a year. The plantations african-american cemetery is just inside the entrance to the swamp. It's a beautiful (if you love swamps) and peaceful walk through the... More 

Helpful?
Thank cheryl h
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the swamp garden because I have never been to a swamp and wanted to see what it was like. I enjoyed seeing all the wildlife until I came across an alligator right in my pathway!

Helpful?
Thank gbrocksm
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The swamp garden was my favorite part of my visit to Magnolia Plantations. Visitng early in the morning, there was hardly anyone else in the swamp garden and you really feel the swamp is alive with wildlife at this time of day. it is really good for bird watching, and of course you can see a lot of alligators! I... More 

Helpful?
Thank LWest4
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

If you never have never walked thru a southern swamp before, this is a must! We saw so many different types of birds and beware of gators lounging in some areas! Absolutely a beautiful and cool experience!

Helpful?
Thank Jennifer_Gallipo
Maryville, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
183 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We visited the swamp while we were on the grounds at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It was quite hot and sticky and we felt pretty "swampy" when we left the tour. However, it was soooooo worth it for the unique experiences that we had! The swamp tour is self guided and costs and extra $8 in addition to your... More 

Helpful?
Thank Laura A
Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Something I have never seen, so for me it was pretty cool seeing the gators and nesting birds...and other related water life. Worth stopping by if you are doing the nearby Plantation tour

Helpful?
Thank theodore M
Greeneville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Definitely offers a look into swamp life. The rookery was cool and even saw a big gator hanging out under one of the trees with baby birds.

Helpful?
Thank RMBM0525
Seneca
Level Contributor
107 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Wish we would have had more time here! We had some time after touring Magnolia Plantation. We decided to take the walk. We saw lots of gators, herons, turtles and egrets. We took the walk around 1:00 in the afternoon. It was hot and muggy, but well worth the walk. Seeing these birds and reptiles in their environment was breathtaking.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Vicki C

Travelers who viewed Audubon Swamp Garden also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Audubon Swamp Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Audubon Swamp Garden and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Audubon Swamp Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?