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Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter
(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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  • The city of Sumter has really gone all out in putting up Christmas lights in the Swan Lake.. They've done a fantastic job and it is really a sight to see. Be ready for a little wait if you go do the d...  more »
  • Swan Lake is Beautiful any time of the year, especially in the Spring! But it is also very beautiful during the Holiday Season for Christmas; beautiful Christmas lights and displays! Check it out this...  more »
  • There is so much to see as you walk around Swan Lake. Bring a camera! Lots of beautiful Swans, turtles, ducks and more! 
  • 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!
  • Nice place to go for a stroll and able to see all 7 species of swans here and able to enjoy a nice picnic and a nice walk.
  • 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.