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Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island
(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Tours the factory and grounds of Charleston Tea Plantation, the only working tea plantation in the United States. Learn about the production of the Camellia Sinensis plant, originally brought to America in the 18th century by French botanist Francois Michaux. Visit the factory to find out about the history and production of the tea via audio-visual material. Take a trolley tour to see the 51 hectare (127 acre) plantation and learn about the harvesting and processing methods. Alternatively, explore the grounds yourself and check out the Propagation Hut to see how cloning methods are used on site. The gift shop offers teapots and tea-related products. To visit Charleston Tea Plantation on your holiday in Wadmalaw Island, and find out what else Wadmalaw Island has to offer, use our Wadmalaw Island tourist route planner.
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  • Visit North America's only tea plantation was a great experience exciting us. The plantation will open at 10:00 in the morning. We were greeted at the entrance directly from a nice lady who has just described we might progress. Firstly, there was the tour of the tea factory. It took about 15 min. This one got an insight into the production of tea by means of monitors. For $10, you could book a trolley tour. A very charming guide took us here through the grounds. The 45 min were quickly over with funny stories and interesting facts about the plantation. In addition, you could drink different cold or hot tea flavors in the main building (included In the price). All in all we can recommend visiting each, because you get a great, interesting experience for little money. The tea tasted us very well!
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  • Obviously this is a great stop if you're a tea lover, but even if you're not, the movie and the guide are so informative, it's worth taking the time to see. There is a very extensive gift shop and sam...  more »
  • I am a tea lover so when I picked up a brochure at the welcome center on a recent trip to Charleston, I knew I had to go. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The gift shop staff are very pleasa...  more »
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  • I love the Charleston tea plantation. If you haven't been yet you really should go! They are so friendly there and have amazing tea. They have a great tour through how tea is made and you can ride a trolley for a small fee.
  • VERY interesting!!! The tour of the farm is great and the factory tour is pretty cool!! Doesn't take a lot of time and it is very interesting! Would highly recommend. Great tour guides
  • A good place for a quiet afternoon away from the packed downtown historic areas and beaches. The "automated" tour of the processing facility was interesting and afterwards you can sample as much hot and cold tea as you like. The bus/trolley tour (costs $) was relaxing and informative as you get to see the tea plants and fields as well as their greenhouse.
  • Very laid back, educational experience. Take the trolley tour around the plantation and sip freshly made tea in one of the many rocking chairs on the shaded front porch.
  • A nice place to visit if you drive by. Free tea samples. A free video guided tour. And if you can't get enough you are able to go on a paid trolley tour.