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“Beautiful & Historic”

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Ranked #16 of 233 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!
Rutherford, New Jersey
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful & Historic”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

During our short stay in Charleston, we wanted to take advantage of the beauty and history that the city is known for. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is just that. The scenery is breathtaking and I cannot get over the Spanish Moss that the south is known for. It adds so much character and beauty to the landscape. The bridges throughout the gardens are also beautiful. Very reasonably priced as well. 15$ to get in but through November/December they are holding a canned food drive so that if you bring 1 can of non-perishable food, you receive 1 free entry. So with the 15$ saved, we took advantage of one of the tours they offer: The Slavery to Freedom tour. This tour is what made the trip worth it. I was not expecting to learn so much in such a short time! The plantation itself holds so much history and they have employees who have lived on the plantation for decades! They are the true storytellers who have passed down some amazing history. I would recommend this attraction to anyone visiting the area. This is a place I would love to go back to in the spring time to see how the gardens look in full bloom. You could literally walk around and tour the property all day so make sure you leave time to do so!

Visited November 2013
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10 reviews
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“Fantastic experience!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

During our first trip to Charleston, we wanted to get a feel for the culture/history of this town. This was a marvelous place to start! We purchased the general admission pass, nature tram, and house tour tickets. Regretted nothing. Moss on the trees, biblical gardens, walking along the river, quick trip through the maze, touring the swamp, seeing live gators, and purchasing beautiful Christmas ornaments locally made. It was a gorgeous day, and lots of fun!! We will return in the spring/summer to see the romantic gardens in full swing. THANK YOU!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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365 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Real old style plantation”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The house is the third on the plantation as one burned from lightning the other from Union troops in the Civil War. The gardens were not in bloom since it was November but would be great in the spring or summer. A bit pricey if you want to see everything as admission is ala carte.

Visited November 2013
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Valley Forge, PA
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A must see!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We visited on Thanksgiving day with two 16 years olds and two 13 year olds and we all loved it! The grounds are fantastic. There is so much to do. We only had two hours and that was not enough time. You could easily spend 3+ hours here enjoying all of the tours, grounds, gardens, petting zoo, etc. The staff is wonderful. Definitely worth a visit with kids of all ages!

Visited November 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The Magnolia Plantation”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you have never taken a trip to the Magnolia plantation...you have missed a wonderful piece of historical perspective into the culture of the old south. It has one of the most wonderful gardens that I have ever seen. The diversity of plants and flowers is truly amazing. The house and grounds offer a piece of nostalgia that will warm your heart. You cannot help but fall in love with the place.

Visited April 2013
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