Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

One of the country's oldest plantations, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens dates back to 1676, when locals Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house and a small formal garden on this site. The family owned the rice plantation for the next 15 generations, utilizing slave labor to build a network of irrigation dams and dikes. Today, the estate operates as a museum, offering an interpretive program designed to teach visitors about the history of both slave and free black workers at this site. Explore the plantation's natural setting by taking a marsh boat tour or strolling through the gardens, where you can see centenarian cypress trees and camellias dating from the 1840s. Work out when and for how long to visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston attractions planner .
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  • Beautiful place. It's pricey but it was worth it. The garden is great to walk through, the train ride and boat trip were very informative. Additionally, I walked the swamp and got a lot of Alligators ...  more »
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  • Great plantation experience. Prices are a little steep, but generally a lot to see and do, could definitely make it a solid day experience if you wanted to walk through all the gardens as well as take the train/boat/house tours. However the tours are extra, the admission just gets you into the gardens and the petting zoo area. The boat tour was fun, saw gators and a variety of birds including a bald eagle. The house tour was a little bit shorter than the ones downtown where they give you a bit more time to look around, but here they are pretty busy so move you through. Great gardens especially if you go the months all the flowers are blooming. The petting zoo had more animals than I expected, deer, goats, chickens, turkeys etc. Nice gift shop and a little outdoor lunch restaurant.
  • A bit out of the way for Aussie. This is what the deep South of America was like back in the days of slavery. The plantation house was magnificent old world charm. The slaves quarters were bare but possibly for where they were in those days , adequate as they had a roof over their heads. Also able to grow some of their own food too. Very interesting to delve back into the past to see life as it was like at that time
  • An amazing place to visit! So much history and nature. It's so unique and will cared for. You can spend an entire day here. The house tour is great. Walking attend the gardens is a beautiful, peaceful experience. There's a petting zoo and a swamp walk. The place is huge! A must do if you are visiting Charleston!
  • we enjoyed exploring the plantation, it was not busy when we were there the last week of August. with purchase of admission, you can revisit the plantation for free within a week. there are many additional "guided tours" can be purchased--- a few that i remember---to tour the inside of the plantation house, a boat tour through the rice fields, a walk through the swamp gardens. we did not purchase any of them. the plantation grounds were very pretty, i am sure in the spring with all the flowers in bloom it is breathtaking!
  • Beautiful gardens and you were able to tour at your own pace. The Nature bus tour was cool to see many different species of wildlife. Some blessed silence for tour guide would be welcome. The house was nice but not great. When it came to the house we expected more than what's there.

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