Audubon Swamp Garden, Charleston

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#7 of 10 in Parks in Charleston
Audubon Swamp Garden is a 60acre cypress and tupelo swamp on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. At one time, the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation's rice cultivation. Today, the swamp garden includes native flora but also non-native, exotic plantings and is home to herons, ibis, turtles, otters, alligators, and other wildlife.The swamp garden is named for the ornithologist and artist John James Audubon, who visited the plantation before the Civil War and is said to have collected waterfowl specimens there as models for his paintings. More recently, director Wes Craven made use of the site while filming the 1982 horror movie Swamp Thing.
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  • This is a beautiful walk, but it's unremarkable as swamp boardwalks go and the serenity is occasionally interrupted by the narrated tour driving through and military planes flying overhead. If you're ...  more »
  • The Audubon Swamp Garden is within the grounds of Magnolia Gardens and is an additional cost. We saw lots of Spanish Moss (not Spanish nor moss actually) on the trees as well as plenty of wildlife. In...  more »
  • Before leaving Magnolia Plantation we walked the boardwalk. We got to see a snake, alligators, turtles, and several birds including White Ibis, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Northern Cardinals, Blue-Win...  more »
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  • Can easily Spend a Day here. Expansive gardens, beware however that everything is an addon the general admission just includes walking around the main grounds. It can easily add up to a $40.00 per person visit.
  • We had a great time wandering through the garden.
  • Went on a busy Saturday. The garden center where you can buy plants closed 2 hrs early with no notice. Also the Audubon swamp tour was abandoned by staff when we arrived at 330pm. Beautiful grounds, indifferent staff. .
  • We did the boat tour. A bit pricey at $8 per nosy. This is seperate from admission into the park. All tours are separate. Lots of birds to view. No alligators to see in our trip. That is the only thing tourist really want to see. I wish that had an alligator viewing area to satisfy my guests. I enjoyed seeing the giant blue baron but then again I love bird watching. The tour is about rice which is no longer culivated in those waters. Seemed silly to yak about growing rice 150 years ago when there is so much nature around you.
  • Gardens aren't exactly my thing, but the tram tour was excellent and entertaining. Great way to see the local wildlife.

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