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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  • A beautiful place to go. Took a nice ride around the plantation on a tram that was fun and informative. It has a nice petting zoo like area that kids and animal lovers will love-the deer will lick you...  more »
  • From the first moment we drove thru the gate of the Magnolia Plantation property we knew this place was special. The grounds welcomed us to enjoy the landscaping and river view of yesteryear. Scott, o...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place to visit. The house is grand and the grounds/gardens are spectacular. It was raining when we got there but right at noon and time for the tram ride, the sun started to come o...  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