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“Neat, but a little over priced for the Trolley Tour” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charleston Tea Plantation

Charleston Tea Plantation
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, tea grown in America. It is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. Also available to guests is an adventurous and educational Trolley Tour that explores the scenic grounds that produce American Classic Tea. Complimentary tea is served to visitors throughout the day
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“Neat, but a little over priced for the Trolley Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2010

As other reviews have said, it is rather neat to see the only tea plantation in the US (or North America, for that matter). The grounds are attractive, with live oaks dripping spanish moss, huge rockers, well-placed benches. The tea fields themselves look like large bushes that have been meticulously trimmed. The trolley has a pre-recorded tour that you drive along slowly to, with the trolley driver adding a few small details as well. It lasts probably 20 minutes and costs $10 per person. It wasn't exorbitant, but you really just go out, drive in a circle thru a couple of fields and come back.
The factory tour is free, again prerecorded narrative on flat screens this time. It runs beside the factory floor, and is pretty informative. Neat to see how incredibly clean the factory floor is.
The gift shop has free samples of the iced teas they are featuring that day. They have loose and packed teas, adorable tea pots, infusers, etc. They also have a DVD by Bigelow (with whom they partner) about tea and its history.
Your purchases are handed to you in a very attractive reusable tote bag with the tea logo on it. Very cute!
The prices for the tea were not super-inflated, surprisingly. I loved the Breakfast tea! If you get hooked on the American Classic, it is available in local grocery stores as well!

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“This place is wonderful for group visits...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2010

My husband and I do group travel for seniors here in the middle Georgia area. On the advice of friend, we included The Charleston Tea Plantation in our itinerary on a recent trip to Charleston. This place was a big hit with everyone. The factory tour was very informative, the gift shop was delightful, and the front porch with rockers was very inviting....we hated to leave. They give everyone in the group a gift bag whether you buy anything or not and you'll never meet a nicer staff anywhere. Southern hospitablity abounds surely abounds here. When in Charleston - don't miss it!

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“Strictly for tea fanatics and farm geeks. I'm the latter.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2010

The Charleston Tea Plantation is roughly 127 acres of land divided into sections of 17,000 camellia sinensis each, the perennial plant whose young leaves are used to produce tea. There are over 300 varieties of tea plants here, the blending of which is used to produce the "American Classic Tea" which is the trademark of the Charleston Tea Plantation. 'American Classic Tea" is, in fact, the only tea grown and produced in America. The farm itself is located off Maybank Hwy (700)

There is a free tour through the post-harvest sorting and curing process where visitors can see the highly specialized equipment used to wither, chop, and oxidize the tea leaves. The trolley tour through the farm, however, is $10. The gift shop was actually fantastic with tons of tea gadgetry and paraphernalia, and delicious complimentary tea.

If you're debating the trolley ride, its essentially a history of the farm and a few highlights such as the custom-built tea harvester which straddles the rows and the beautiful Georgian landscape. You will not, however, enjoy this tour if you are not one of the following: (1) absolutely and utterly in love with tea, or (2) an agriculture nerd. We recommend coming in May for the First Flush Festival where the first growth of the tea plants are harvested. There is more entertainment and activities during this time. Otherwise, kids will most definitely not enjoy this attraction. At all.

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“beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

Spent several hours at the tea plantation. It was a combination of serenity and education.
It was interesting to see how tea is grown and harvested. Location had nice bathrooms, free refreshments in a very nice gift shop (tea, of course), a short video explaining the workings of the plantation and you could purchase a $10 trolley ride around the grounds with naration. Employees were very friendly and helpful. Would do this again!

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“Relax and learn about tea growing at only tea plantation in the US”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

My family and I travelled to the Charleston Tea Plantation while vacationing in South Carolina last week, and we had a great time at the tea plantation. Not only did we get an education in the science of tea growing and processing (courtesy of the knowledgeable staff), but we also enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere at the plantation.

The plantation is located south of Charleston along the scenic Maybank Highway. Just driving south from Charleston to the tea plantation along the tree lined road was a pleasure.

While at the plantation, we rode in the trolley (purchased on ebay by the owner of the tea plantation) around the property past the acres of tea plants growing in the fields while the driver gave us a thorough education about tea growing. After the trolley ride, we took the brief factory tour which detailed the process from harvesting the leaves to the finished product. We learned a lot about the science and history of tea growing during our visit. A special treat was enjoying a cup of fresh peach iced tea at the end of the factory tour. And, my family really enjoyed relaxing outside on the front patio while sitting in the ultra-comfortable rocking chairs.

The grounds at the plantation are beautiful, and the visit was both very relaxing and informative.

If you're in the Charleston area, I'd recommend a visit to the tea plantation. It's a great visit for young and old alike.

TIP: After visiting the tea plantation, if you're planning to drive north on Maybank Highway toward Charleston, you might want to pay a quick visit to the "Angel Oak" tree, which is supposedly the largest live oak tree in South Carolina. The Angel Oak tree is located about 10 miles NORTH of the tea plantation just off Maybank Highway. The road leading to the Angel Oak tree is called "Angel Oak Lane" --- it's a dirt road on your right next to St. John's Anglican Church. The Angel Oak tree is MASSIVE --- it's incredible to see this tree close up. There is also a nice picnic area near the tree, along with a small gift shop. It's worth the trip to see this giant live oak tree while you're in the area.

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