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“The grounds and flowers are worth the trip.”

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
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$56.18*
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Half-Day Magnolia Plantation Tour with Transportation
Ranked #16 of 246 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I did this and Middleton on same day. The scenic tram ride takes you on tour with lots of wildlife. We saw all types of birds (which driver did great job identifying) and several alligators.
The camalia maze is unique and there was color everywhere.
The only negative was at the house tour. Women in gift shop were rude and not helpful. Don't let this stop you from going, just be prepared.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This was the best place we visited in Charleston. You will want to spend the entire day there. There are so many beautiful locations in the gardens. Bring a camera with a full battery. The slavery program was very informative and educational about how slavery was. A very relaxing boat tour where you will see many alligators, birds, and turtles. Overall, a very relaxing experience that made us want to return. We were sad to leave.

Thank crocky66
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Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

We had a great time visiting Magnolia Plantation. Was a beautiful day. It had rained earlier and parking was a little muddy. Down fall is you have to pay for every tour. The plantation house is small but guide was very knowledgable. The nature was a nice trip but we did see a lot of stuff we see in Florida. The best was
The slave house. Tim was our guide. He was awesome. It was a 1 hour tour and he gave us a ton of info. Very sad to see how how slaves had to live in those days. We spent 4 hours there but a good time.

Thank LPN1
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This is a little drive from downtown but well worth it. We toured the house, took the nature train, and did the swamp walk. We definitely could have spent more time walking through the gardens but we were on our way back home so we had limited time.

The house was not quite what we expected (expecting Antebellum home in all its extravagance, but that one had burned down) but our tour guide was fabulous and walked us through the whole history of the plantation right up to present day. Very interesting.

Dick was our nature train driver and guide. He was so great, lots of stories about the plantation and the wildlife to be found there, quite the joker, and very excited about his job.

The swamp tour is self-guided although there is an option to dial a number on your cell and get a "guided" tour. I was wishing a brought my "good" camera instead of just my iPhone.

Thank Darla G
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Went in march and saw the gardens. Everything is natural looking, not manicured. We we were told that romantic gardens are when mans works with nature. I like the style. They offer 5 extra tours but it is an extra cost for each one. We hose the slavery to freedom tour and Jenn was our guide. We enjoyed hearing how the slaves lived and the continuing story after the war. Would love to go back but will have to budget for it.

Thank Bill J
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