Audubon Swamp Garden, Charleston

4.3
#8 of 17 in Parks in Charleston
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.
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  • We've visited the Audubon Swamp Garden 3 times. The first 2 times, we absolutely loved it. Lush swamps full of wildlife abound, like alligators, blue herons, turtles, anhingas, and more. This time, in...  more »
  • The swamp garden is best viewed in the afternoon. The rookeries were full of many different bars. This is a wonderful place for photo buffs. There is a small African cemetery.  more »
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  • 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.
  • The wildlife here is amazing. So many things to see. I haven't even walked the whole swamp yet and I've seen a variety of animals. It's definitely worth your time to go slow and explore, there is so much to miss! Can't wait to go back.

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