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Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

(4.7/5 based on 220+ 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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  • I first discovered Swan Lake back in the late 80s When my Aunt and Uncle moved to Shaw AFB there wasnt much to do here back then so the whole family toured the gardens. The fact that they have every s...  more »
  • Swan Lake is a great place to go and relax with the family! It has a playground for the kids, great walking trails around the lake with little pit stops displaying the history of the flower/landscapin...  more »
  • Very nice to walk around to see the scenery. Used to visit there as a kid. Very nice place to bring your family. 
  • 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.