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“A Dissapointment”

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Ranked #18 of 237 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: 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!
Jackson, Wisconsin
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108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A Dissapointment”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

With the holidays in full swing we were in Charleston between Christmas and New Years so I was hoping and expecting to see the plantation house and the bridges as I had seen in pictures decked out, but that was not to be the case. There were a few poinsettias in the home, but not a single green or bough on the home or the bridges. Yes, were are aware that this is not the most impressive time for the flowers, but really it was unimpressive at best. Yes, the grounds are gorgeous in their enormity and you can walk for miles, but you won't get to see the beauty in December. The slave cabins are interesting, but the tour isn't really worth it--you see one one room cabin with a fireplace you've seen them all. I would recommend this in the srping/summer/fall, but in the winter it's a waste.

Visited December 2012
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52 reviews
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“A bit dated, but charming house.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The Magnolia gardens is one of the oldest plantations in the Charleston area. As all plantations in the lowcountry, it's an interesting part of the American history, and you should definitely visit at least one of these sights if you're planning a trip to Charleston. I do however feel that there are other plantations that give a better historical insight than the Magnolia gardens. The tours feel a bit dated and the gardens were quite a disappointment. They weren't that well kept, but having that said, I don't know if that might have had something to do with the season. (I did expect more blossoming gardens in late April though.) Considering the alligator tour and the small zoo I think the Magnolia suits families with young children more than anyone with a genuine interest in history.

Visited April 2012
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Dundas, Canada
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74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great outdoor activities for active boys”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was a great day at a plantation. It is well curated, beautiful and a great place for 7 year old boys. We were here for hours. We saw the slave cabins, the nature tram, the gardens and the house. The house is a disappointment if you are looking for an antebellum plantation house, but the original house was burned in the civil war. The house that replaced it is interested and has an interesting story. Since we knew what to expect, we weren't disappointed and the property was everything we hoped for. It was beautiful and it was great to spend time outside on the plantation. We saw alligators, turtles and a variety of birds. The presentation on the slave cabins was thought provoking and respectful. It was a good opportunity for discussion with our children. I would recommend this for anyone wishing to spend time outdoors looking at a plantation. The food in the restaurant was unremarkable but we were glad to be able to get lunch onsite. They have great picnic tables and I believe you could probably bring a lunch with you.

Visited December 2012
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“One of the oldest plantations”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

It is one of the oldest plantations still owned by the original family. Go and visit when you are in town if you like history. The garden was beatiful and it offers you a nice walk along the Ashley river.

Visited December 2012
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Dog Friendly”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We chose this garden plantation because it was dog friendly and it was beautiful. Lots of botanical stuff to see and there is always something in bloom. It was December so there were no bugs to deal with. I can imagine that you would need bug spray in the warmer seasons.

Visited December 2012
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