Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

4.7
#38 of 155 in Parks in South Carolina
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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  • August 4, 2017
    I have been to the gardens several times and I love to take a bench and just watch the swans, ducks and geese on the water, to see the blooming irises and magnolias and to redirect stress from the bus...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Nice quite walk, just have to get used to the smell in some areas from the Swans. Take time to listen to some of the recordings that are around the park as well.  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    This is a great place to spend a few hours or even a whole day. Beautiful wildlife and gardens. No entry fee. The staff are so welcoming and helpful. We walked the entire place and it was a hot day. B...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • March 19, 2017
    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.
  • November 15, 2016
    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.
  • November 6, 2016
    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!

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