The grounds of this former plantation are a sight to behold. My wife and I started with a walk around the gardens near the ticket booth. From there we went on the nature train and ended with a tour of the historic house. As a comparison we followed up with a tour of nearby Drayton Hall. The nature train is simply amazing. During our trip we saw alligators and turtles sunning themselves. Rather cleverly, Magnolia has installed ramps in the swamps to encourage the reptiles to come out where visitors can see them from the tour. It works. The historic house is not nearly as interesting. It has been rebuilt several times and you can find similar structures throughout the east coast. Personally, if you are looking to save a few dollars I would skip this part of the tour. If you want to see a house that is truly from the pre-civil war era I would suggest going to Drayton Hall. However, the grounds at Drayton Hall are not as extensive or interesting as those at Magnolia.
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