Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island

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#21 of 553 in Outdoors in South Carolina
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. Before you head to Wadmalaw Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Wadmalaw Island online trip itinerary builder , to make sure you see all that Wadmalaw Island has to offer, including Charleston Tea Plantation.
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  • i love tea, and this was a great place to go see. You can learn a lot about tea from start to finish. There is also a lot of free tea to drink. if your visiting Charleston i would suggest the drive ou...  more »
  • Rare opportunity to visit a tea plantation. Tea is really good and grown without harmful pesticides-very important when selecting tea. Lots of teas to sample. Nice gift shop to purchase teas and tea r...  more »
  • Trolly tour is $12.00 discounted by $2.00 for AAA or military. You ride past some tea bushes to a green house and back. Doesn’t take long ( 35 minutes ) free tea for the ride. Highlight is the gift st...  more »
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  • It was neat and something different. Might be better for those less informed about tea. We did do the trolley ride and the voice recording with it was painfully stilted. The tour guide was great, though. Ultimately, there wasn't a whole lot to see, so in the end the tour seemed a little over priced. It was nice that there were free tea samples in the gift shop. Overall, the gift shop was less a souvenir shop than a boutique of tea-related paraphernalia. We bought nothing outside of the tea itself.
  • Absolutely beautiful! The gift shop has anything tea-related that you could dream of. Outside is gorgeous but we didn't have time for the trolley tour. The indoor tour of the facility was pretty cool and informative though! Delicious tea and knowledgeable staff made it a great stop!
  • Fun visit, great if you like farm / factory tours. Tea is only actively harvested and processed mi Spring through Summer. We came before production season, but still worthwhile experience. Out of the way and only a 2 hour kind of thing.
  • This place is very underrated and unheard about. I first saw it on the back of a tea bag, LOL. It's a bit out in nowhere, but the scenery on the way is gorgeous. The walk-around movie was honestly a bit stupid, but I believe it was free. They have super fresh tea on sample for free in a variety of flavors. It is very good, and you can try it hot or cold. The thing I liked the most was the bus tour. It's driven by an older person who has worked there for many years. He was quite interesting, and really told many stories, despite the automated videos. It is also interesting because you get to hear of the many people who are from all over the world. BTW, this is the only tea brewing place in the states. It's definitely not a whole-day activity, but it's worth it for an hour or two.
  • This was very fun and educational. It was neat to see the rows and tea and learn how it is grown. I highly recommend going on the trolley tour, it cost $12 per person but was worth it. The main gift shop and factory tour is free, you can also walk around and view the fields. There is also free samples of all the teas in the gift shop and a restroom building that was very clean.
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