Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston

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. Work out when and for how long to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston attractions planner .
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  • I really loved spending a relaxing morning here although you need to plan some time here at least 3-4 hours. The grounds are lovely with their gardens and waterways. The petting zoo was fun for kids a...  more »
  • Nice natural foliage. beautiful land, but not much flowering plants. Tour was good. Property Nice Plantation Home on beautiful property. Name misleading. Not many flowering plants or gardens.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens in a natural setting. Don't expect a plantation out of a movie with majestic pillars and pristine grounds. We expected to see a plantation right out of "Gone With the Wind" or "North...  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!!
  • The grounds are absolutely stunning! Beautiful gardens with dozens of flowers. I absolutely love coming here. You can your the old plantation home, ride their tour bus around the grounds, and also take a walk through the swamp! Yes, there are bugs obviously. But the experience is worth it. Dogs are allowed on the grounds but it must be well behaved and it cannot do a tour of the house unless the owner can carry their dog the entire time. The price to go is reasonable and you have different options of things to do. Don't forget to take a picture with the gorgeous trees with Spanish miss on them! 😁😁😁
  • Beautiful area! Try to go when the plantation is less busy so you can have a gardens to yourself. It's big enough to lose the crowds, but it's otherworldly when there is no one else around. Relax on the observation deck by the river and don't forget to check out the swamp walk before the plantation. The swamp is well worth the extra price on top of the admission.
  • 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 😂 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 recently got married here last week and we could not have asked for a prettier venue than Carriage House. Its nested right on the Ashley River and the staff was incredibly nice and helpful. The plantation itself is gorgeous; there are plenty of beautiful gardens and there are random peacocks always walking around! We'll definitely come back in the future

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