Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston

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Garden Historic Site
One of the country's oldest plantations, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens dates back to 1676, when locals Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house and a small formal garden on this site. The family owned the rice plantation for the next 15 generations, utilizing slave labor to build a network of irrigation dams and dikes. Today, the estate operates as a museum, offering an interpretive program designed to teach visitors about the history of both slave and free black workers at this site. Explore the plantation's natural setting by taking a marsh boat tour or strolling through the gardens, where you can see centenarian cypress trees and camellias dating from the 1840s. Using our online itinerary creator, Charleston attractions like Magnolia Plantation and Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It has so much history. This plantation is spectacular. We tried to see as much as we can. We took 2 paid tours. One was guided the other was self-guided. We learned a bit in this visit. The landscape...  more »
  • The tour guides were great and very knowledgeable, the grounds were ok. We were expecting the house to be more plantation type of house, which this is not. Would like to have heard more history of the...  more »
  • Uber ride from the city very reasonable for five people. Enjoyed the train with nature hightlights, saw several alligators, interesting birds and scenery. Walking tour of the gardens needs to be marke...  more »
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  • Loved it! Best tours are the house , nature tram and boat tour! Saw lots of gators and herring and other native birds! Food prices are a little crazy so at least bring your own snacks and bottled water. They want $2/ bottle . I still loved it! They have an actual peacock that walks around the peacock cafe!! Thank goodness it's not called the gator cafe! Highly recommend!!
  • Well worth the $15 to walk around the grounds. It was beautiful with tons of places for gorgeous pictures! The petting zoo was our favorite though- the animals were very friendly and a deer kept trying to lick my husband đŸ˜‚ The staff was also very nice. Joy in the history room was very helpful and kind. You have to pay extra for the tours of the house etc. but the walking tour through the gardens was great for us.
  • My wife and I enjoyed or visit. We took advantage of all of the tours and enjoyed all of them. Si on the boat tour was one of my favorite. If you have small kids he is great with them. He really takes time to get to know the folks on his boat. Get to see some birds and gators.
  • The grounds are beautiful and we got to see some great plants and animals, but it's pretty expensive and there are so many add ons. You can't even go into the plantation house without paying extra. What made me angry was that we got there about 3:30 and asked if there was plenty of time to walk around. We were told yes so we paid the $40 to get in (two adults and one toddler). The petting zoo is right at the beginning so we thought we would save that for the end. After walking around for awhile, we decided to hit the snack bar and petting zoo before leaving. Unfortunately, the snack bar closed at 4:30 and the petting zoo was also closed (it was 5:20 now). I asked at the ticket window about the petting zoo and she said that they usually close at 5:30. Mind you, it wasn't 5:30 and I had asked several times before purchasing tickets if we had time to see everything. We were staying in Myrtle Beach and we just down for the day. If you go here​, don't get here after 3:00 and be prepared to spend lots of money.
  • It was just okay. I expected some more historical information. The map is useless. There are a bunch of numbered locations but what do the numbers mean? No idea. The house tour was rushed and basic. Our guide, Chuck, was a bit rude and seemed distracted. I understand that it's not a great place for small children but he could have a more pleasant approach. No need to stop talking, roll eyes and mumble. Glad it wasn't directed at me. He was also annoyed that the previous tour was in his way so he made faces and comments and even skipped a room.