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“Wow. So much wild nature so close to Charleston!”

Audubon Swamp Garden
Ranked #42 of 250 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Ok, it's a little odd going as a tourist to an old plantation. You feel like you are walking on hallowed ground. If you can both acknowledge that and enjoy yourself, the gardens around the old house are pretty, but the real attraction is the Audubon Swamp. On a warm early Spring day in April we saw a good half dozen gators, dozens of turtles, and plenty of bird life. The nature trail will get your heart racing a bit - we were a mere few feet on foot from two different alligators during our walk. Having lived in the U.S. south my whole life, I can't remember even being so deep into nature so close to a major city. I hope more people don't go here - less to disturb the wildlife - but it should be a must-see attraction for visitors to Charleston wanting to see nature at its most beautiful.

4  Thank WorldwideHustle79
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We walked here as part of a visit to Magnolia Gardens (entrance: 8$ for the Swamp Garden), but it was well worth the money. It feels like being in a fairy tale, a bit out of the ordinary, with the trees sunk in the clear duck weed. We've walked through lots of swamps, but this one beats them all. Since the weather was inclemently cold, we could not expect to see any alligators, but we saw quite a good number of birds. Even so, the beauty of the place is quite outstanding.
The organisation is not completely satisfactory. first of all, the lady at the ticket office didn't tell us that the code she had written at the back of our entrance ticket to the Magnolia gardens, was meant to open a gate to the Swamp Gardens. Secondly, the instructions to the walk are not clear ; there are several forks in the path, and it is unclear which is the right one. We managed by always taking the left fork. Also, the entrance to the Swamp garden - with its own parking - is a 3 minute drive from the parking of the Magnolia Garden, but we were not told so at the ticket office.

6  Thank designloverFlanders
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stopped by this attraction on our way home from Charleston. This attraction is very beautiful and peaceful. We didn't really see any wildlife while we were there which was disappointing, but we ended up leaving early due to a thunderstorm. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Also, be advised, this attraction is currently undergoing maintenance on a large portion of the walkway, so you cannot access the whole tour.

1  Thank Daphne N
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

The swamp is quite lovely, but we had a hard time seeing any wildlife - saw 2 alligators from afar. $8 per person seemed quite steep. Probably wouldn't do it again

4  Thank Oliver J
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had this place to ourselves and really enjoyed it so much. We marveled at the Duck Weed and saw some lovely birds and more alligators than when we went on an airboat ride in Florida! This is such a beautiful spot - you will certainly enjoy this and will appreciate that it has been preserved.

2  Thank junemagpie
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