Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
Cypress Gardens is a 170acre preserve and gardens located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, South Carolina, United States. The centerpiece of the garden is the blackwater bald cypress/tupelo swamp, surrounded with both boat and foot trails.HistoryThe gardens were originally part of the 1750 Dean Hall rice plantation, which depended on fresh water from the Cooper River. The area that is now a swamp was dug out and fitted with water gates to become a fresh water reservoir. It had fallen into disuse when the property was purchased by Benjamin Kittredge for a duck hunting reserve. During the depression, over 200 men built out the 4.5mi of trails around the swamp. It was opened to the public in 1932. Kittredge's son donated the property to the City of Charleston on June 1, 1963. Hurricane Hugo in 1989 severely affected the park, causing it to close for a year. Berkeley County took over ownership when the City of Charleston no longer wanted to support the garden.In October 2015 historic flooding hit the state of South Carolina that greatly impacted the botanical preserve. On October 13, 2015 it was announced that the attraction would be closed indefinitely following an assessment of millions of dollars of damage. Cypress Gardens officials announced intentions to apply for FEMA assistance with hopes to reopen by the summer of 2016.DescriptionOpen daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day; an admission fee is charged.The gardens are viewed via flat-bottom boat or foot paths. Plantings around the swamp include azaleas, blueberries, a camellia garden, daffodils, a daylily island, dogwoods, pitcher plants, redbud, a small rice field, and a rose garden, as well as the following major features:
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  • Very nice parks. Gorgeous shrubs, plants, gardens. Many beautiful flowers. Immaculately maintained grounds. Bring water bottle and insect repellent. 
  • Have you ever had a face full of mosquitos? No? Neither have I. But my wife did at this very park. But let’s start at the beginning. So we know we’re going to Cypress Gardens. Like any reasonable peop...  read more »
  • Such a great variety of things to at Cypress Gardens. View the alligators, stroll through a butterfly garden, or paddle boat through the calm of the low country waters. 
  • Beautiful plants and walking paths in a variety of settings. Exceeded my expectations in size and scope of things to see.
  • This place was great! The staff was unusually friendly, and the experience was once in a lifetime. The boat ride was free?! What?! Awesome! It was green, and lively and straight forward too because there were arrows on the trees. The kids really liked the reptile/fish/amphibian house, but they had a hard time not touching things in the butterfly house. We should have held them the whole time. I was glad they had some captive alligators since we did not see any on the swamp row boat ride. We also had brought a lunch to have there and the picnic area had a FEW play ground like sets for the kids to get out some extra wiggles! Thanks guys it was awesome!
  • Lots of history! Great place for all ages...
  • We have always enjoyed Cypress Gardens. Tomorrow we are going AGAIN. Looking for critters when in the boat ride is so much fun....and when flowers are in We also enjoyed the butterflies, the birds....and more alligators......Everyone should visit this wonderful place.
  • very nice family excursion, staff was pleasant and helpful. well kept.
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