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Audubon Swamp Garden

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Charleston, SC
+1 843-571-1266
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Would Not Have Been Surprised If I Met a Jim Henson Bog Creature

I added the Audobon Swamp Gardens to my Charleston “must-do” list because I love nature, swamps... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tara Heagele
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Trenton, New Jersey
Amazing views of nesting birds

We really picked the perfect time to visit the Audubon Swamp Garden. The large lake had so many... read more

Reviewed May 11, 2018
Mo M
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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"magnolia gardens"
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"bring binoculars"
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"board walk"
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"elevated boardwalk"
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"beidler forest"
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"building nests"
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"bird rookery"
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"great nature"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I added the Audobon Swamp Gardens to my Charleston “must-do” list because I love nature, swamps, gardens, and hiking and this location had it all. I had NO IDEA it was located on an old plantation, the Magnolia Plantation, until I got there. I was...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

We really picked the perfect time to visit the Audubon Swamp Garden. The large lake had so many nesting birds, some with hatchlings. Every branch in the trees in the lake were filled with birds, more than you could count. We got to see great...More

1  Thank Mo M
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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Stunning views and many herons, egrets, gators and turtles. Lovely flat trails and boardwalks. Beautiful place for a walk.

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

We went on this tour with Adventure tours & you travel along the water in little train like cars pulled by a tractor. The driver is so knowledgeable about the plant & animal life.

2  Thank cullersngaston
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Among the endless numbers of places to see in Charleston, the Audubon Swamp Garden offers beautiful scenery which is permanent--trees etc. and other scenery that changes by the minute--egrets, butterflies, cranes...even an alligator or two. Don't miss it.

Thank Randy L
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

beautiful swamp area and the bird rookery was outstanding. However finding things was not easy and they need better signs so one can have a better idea where they are going. Seeing alligators in their natural habitat is a plus and the egrets and herons...More

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Reviewed March 25, 2018

With large sections of board walk and smooth trails, it provides access to a swamp ecosystem that wouldn't otherwise be accessible. We saw hundreds of large birds nesting.

Thank jank1
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

The weather did not cooperate. Windy and cold. Not a real swamp as no flowing water, but definitely work the visit.

Thank Coolcatbert
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Reviewed March 23, 2018

This is such a peaceful, beautiful place. We stopped here for about 2 hours on our way home to NC from Charleston. Seeing Cyprus trees that were over 1,000 years old was amazing. I wish we could have come earlier in the morning, though, because...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

Nothing was blooming, but the birds were building nests and the alligators were out sunning themselves. If you have never been in a swamp, the board walks make this an easy way to see one.

Thank jennifercomfort
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Marty F
March 22, 2018|
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Response from Lorraine S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are! One baby gator was just a few feet from the trail, I stood and stared at it for a long time wondering if it was real. When it blinked I knew it was and moved along.
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carole b
February 12, 2017|
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Response from Lorraine S |
No, you have to pay the entry fee for the garden and also pay to add-on a ticket to get into the Swamp Walk. They will give you a code to gain access to the walk.
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Sunnysidm
June 19, 2015|
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Response from thrillaryclinton |
When I was there, the sucker got my toe! But it was my fault because I was gnawing on some jerky and a little piece fell onto my foot! Don't make the same mistake that I did!!!
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