Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is the real deal in terms of plantations. The tours of the property are well worth the time and you will not be disappointed! This land is still owned by the original family and it is massive. Wi...  read more »
  • We love Magnolia Gardens at all times of the year. Shortly after moving to the area 2 years ago we purchased an annual family pass to Magnolia Gardens. We walk a lot and never get tired of the garden ...  read more »
  • We got a basic ticket (see Groupon) which includes intro video (interesting) and the gardens. They really oversell the gardens in the video, as it is mostly a nature walk through overgrown trees and b...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I don't know why people "typically stay for 1.5 hours." I went with my family and we killed a whole day. There's so much to see and it's all stunning 10/10.
  • There is nothing else to say except that Magnolia is THE PERFECT venue for a wedding in the Charleston area! It is quintessential Charleston plantation!! We held our reception at the Conservatory. Our intimate party thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful grounds and greenhouse. The grounds are brightly colored, clean, and full of life! The staff at Magnolia is friendly and helpful. The cost of the venue rental is very inexpensive and includes the teak table and chairs! This venue also lends itself to some gorgeous photography! Richard Bell Photography s the premier photographer for this venue. They know the area well and are just the absolute best at what they do! Cruz Coordinators is invaluable at this venue as well, as owner, Jessica Cruz, used to be the event coordinator at Magnolia! Highly recommend this venue!
  • There is a lot to see here. Unfortunately, you have to pay separate to view the inside of the house, slave cabins, and a few other things. We didn't pay the extra but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing the beautiful scenery and gardens.
  • I had a super fun time at this plantation. Patrick shuttled us around on a little train, was incredibly informative about the history and changes of the land. He showed off some of the local fauna--alligators, turtles, birds, spiders--and enjoyed showing off his very dry wit through describing all of the ways a person could be injured or eaten by such creatures. In the mansion, Veronica was a perky, delightful history buff who made the lovely tour more like a well-produced History channel show. All in all a brilliant way to spend a few hours.
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