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Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Located in Sumter, South Carolina, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens began in 1927 as a private fishing lake for wealthy businessman Hamilton Carr Bland, who also began landscaping his garden with Japanese Iris flowers. It is currently the only public park in the United States to have all eight species of swans—including Royal White Mutes, Black Necks, Coscorobas, Whoopers, Black Australians, Whistlers, Bewicks, and Trumpeters.Sources
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  • As a life-long Sumterite, I have been visiting Swan Lake for decades. It is always a good choice for children due to the wildlife and the playground with the antique firetruck. Visiting at night aroun...  read more »
  • We visited here as the last stop on a road trip. We were wonderfully surprised how lovely the grounds were. There is no shortage of swans and the boardwalks allow you to watch them in their natural ha...  read more »
  • Beautiful garden with Lake filled with so many different species of swans. You can take a walk around and I was amazed so much silence and peace that I have attainted walk among the handkerchief of nature! That serenity! Lots of greenery and many colors. Great to see the different species of swans, very interesting! Along the way there are several plaques that describe the differences and different backgrounds many benches to relax and enjoy the wonder of nature. Just outside the grounds, but inside the Park, there is also a special area for children with games and fun. I had a great day out and after a nice ride I started eight a tree reading a book ... peace of mind! I highly recommend you go and visit!
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  • Swan Lake Iris Garden is one of Sumter's most prominent attractions. It's home to all eight swan species and a host of exotic flowers. The garden contains a 3/4 mile walking trail around the lake. The visitor center is open daily except on weekends. During the month of May, the gardens host a 3-day festival that includes numerous activities such as arts & crafts, concerts, car shows, and a variety of children's activities. Many local vendors are present during this festival to promote their services. The gardens do not charge an admission fee so it's definitely a must see for anyone visiting Sumter.
  • Nice scenery, from the playground to the pond hike. You can no longer feed the birds. My kids really enjoy this hidden gem.
  • Its so beautiful! This is where I do photos of my children. . They look forward to them.
  • Absolutely beautiful park grounds, but visitor center is closed on weekend days. Bathrooms were disgusting & unmaintained.
  • First time visiting. Wife saw my pictures, really wants to go with her camera.
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