Audubon Swamp Garden is a 60acre cypress and tupelo swamp on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. At one time, the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation's rice cultivation. Today, the swamp garden includes native flora but also non-native, exotic plantings and is home to herons, ibis, turtles, otters, alligators, and other wildlife.The swamp garden is named for the ornithologist and artist John James Audubon, who visited the plantation before the Civil War and is said to have collected waterfowl specimens there as models for his paintings. More recently, director Wes Craven made use of the site while filming the 1982 horror movie Swamp Thing.Arrange to visit Audubon Swamp Garden and other attractions in Charleston using our Charleston road trip app.
Audubon Swamp Garden reviews
They have done a nice job with this walk, as it meanders nicely through a real swamp area. We saw many species of birds, turtles and several gators. And, that was on a windy day, it’s probably even... more »
I have been here many times over the years. It is very relaxing and the perfect place for photographers!! The lake is beautiful and reflects the blue of the sky. There are lots of yellow water... more »
Love this place, first time didn't really know what to expect but it was amazing. Very friendly tour guide, make it even more interesting it's a mix of history and wild life. If you are lucky you can see big alligators, also the mini zoo is unique, you can actually walk inside with all the animals. I would definitely go back again.
A pleasant walk after seeing the main plantation area. Did some gator spotting, and a good spot for bird watching too.
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