Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

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One of the country's oldest plantations, Magnolia Plantation & 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 & Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I visited here last year and really enjoyed the experience. The grounds were expansive, so I wish I would have allowed more time for my visit. The tour of the restored home was very nice and informati...  more »
  • Been back twice now, and plan to go again! It's so fun to see it in different seasons too. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Awesome gift shop, so many cool things! A lot of awesome things t...  more »
  • We've been to Magnolia at least 20 times over the years as a family tradition, and just love it. I had my wedding photos taken on a bridge there in 1993! We always learn or see something new. The grou...  more »
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  • Visited during the Halloween Fright Night. Everyone was very nice, helpful and fun! Excellent job all around. The plantation is beautiful as well.
  • Really nice to walk around. The home tour was informative and worthwhile. Very interesting family history from before the civil war. Gorgeous gardens we did the tram tour too which was a great way to learn about the gardens we didn't do the swamp tour as my mom couldn't walk that much but I would if I went back.
  • The gardens are beautiful and there is so much to do and see. My girls love it too and the events they have are so much fun for kids and adults.
  • Fantastic gardens to walk through. Pay a little extra for the guided house tour, it's worth it. Visit first thing in the morning to beat the heat and avoid the crowds and get the second or third (air conditioned) house tour so you can enjoy the gardens in the cool morning.
  • It may have been because we went in autumn, but it looked a little run down. There were some nice flowers here and there and a few nice animals in the mini zoo. The best part for me was the tower by the boats, had a very nice view of the swamp. Saw the whole place in like 2-3 hrs