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Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

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#38 of 156 in Parks in South Carolina
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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 http://www.sumtersc.gov/swan-lake-iris-gardens.aspx http://icons.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/s/snow25/182.jpg
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  • The Swan Lake Iris Gardens is a lovely walk, with a variety of blooming flowers. The lake is well maintained and there are turtles everywhere as cross the bridges. Great place to take the kids for a w...  more »
  • A good place to just walk and enjoy the lake and it's wildlife. The lake takes about an hour to walk round at a leisurely pace. If you cross the road bridge you can also visit the swamp. The lake has ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place in the middle of a neighborhood, that feels almost magical. Beautiful swans, lovely gardens, serene water, lovely fountains. I wish the Irises were in bloom, but just another...  more »
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  • This place is a gem in the heart of Sumter. A botanical garden .we're nature reserve meets sculpture garden. This is a place that can be neither replicated not reproduced. I can only hope it will be cared for and preserved for generations to come.
  • A gorgeous place to take a walk or a date. Mind the season if you come hunting butterflies, though -- rather than an enclosed area like you might be expecting, it's just a part of the park set with many butterfly-attracting flowers.
  • Gorgeous place. The scenery is lovely, and there are plenty of picnic tables. There are swans and ducks everywhere you look, and the park is large enough to span both sides of the road. Great family spot if you like nature at all.
  • A beautiful forested wetland park. I personally love the bald cypress trees more than the swans. But swans are awesome too. Be sure to bring a nice camera and take many pictures. Free admission and opens everyday. Don't worry about the visitor center closed on weekends. You don't get much information from there.
  • This place is simply a breath-taking experience and is taken care of quite well. I loved walking around the trails while looking at the various birds and trees. Simply impressive with so much nature eye-candy in a rather small area. You could spend hours walking around or having a picnic on a nice day. Great for parties or get-togethers, couple dates, families, and nature explorers alike. Highly recommended!