Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been open to the public since 1870, making it the oldest public gardens in the US. People from all over the world have visited the gardens to admire and marvel at their beauty.
Magnolia Planation was originally established in 1676 by the Drayton family. The property is still owned by the Drayton family, and the plantation has survived many conflicts, including the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Its main focus has always been to provide a kind of Eden for the family, and later on to its visitors.
During my visit, I spent about an hour walking around the gardens. It was very peaceful and I took my time wandering along the different paths and walking beside the river. Eventually I made my way to the Plantation House which was nicely decorated for the holidays. I didn’t go inside, however I did stop into the gift shop which was in the basement. There were lots of cute antiques and decorations.
Basic admission is $15 and includes the gardens, the petting zoo, the conservatory, a small theater (which continuously plays a 30 minute video about the history of the plantation), and an old African American cabin.
There are 5 additional tours that you can purchase at $8 each, or you can get an all-inclusive pass for $47 which would save you $8. It all depends on how much time you want to spend on the property.
I would have loved to have spent more time at the plantation. Sadly, this was a morning trip I was able to squeeze in before I had to head to the airport. But even though I only had time for the basic tour, I really was quiet impressed with the layout of the gardens and the variety of flowers. I would recommend that anyone visiting Charleston stop by and spend a few hours at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
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