One of the oldest plantations in the country, Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1676 by Thomas and Ann Drayton. Their descendants still own the plantation 15 generations later. This beautiful and extensive plantation was the site of many firsts in Charleston and the country over the centuries. As such, it should be at the top of your list when visiting Charleston, South Carolina. While the history of the plantation is fascinating, the gardens are world-renowned and worth a visit in their own right.
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There’s also a petting zoo, for visitors looking to be chased around by pushy goats. Actually, this one is likely the most child-friendly of the plantations. The petting zoo and tourist focus makes this a great family friendly Charleston attraction as well.
Magnolia Plantation Hours and Tickets: What You Need to Know
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Audubon Swamp Garden is open every day of the year, including major holidays. Winter months–November to February–the plantation is open 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, while March to October, hours are 8 am until 5:30 pm. Basic admission to the Plantation is $15 for adults and $10 for children 6-12, and children under 6 are free.
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The Historic House Tour is an extra $8
Nature Train Tour an extra $8
Nature Boat Tour an additional $8
Slavery to Freedom Tour another $8
An unguided tour of the Audubon Swamp is $8
Why Should You Plan a Magnolia Plantation Wedding?
Carriage House and lawn overlooks the Ashley River
The Conservatory and School House Pond Lawn offers an intimate indoor venue for your wedding surrounded by a gorgeous collection of tropical plants
The Plantation House Veranda and Long White Bridge Lawn is described by many as quintessentially Charleston with its elegant ambience
The Pavilion is an excellent outdoor venue for any occasion
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3 More Amazing Charleston, SC, Plantations to Explore
Magnolia Plantation, SC, isn’t the only choice for plantations near Charleston! Some more great options near downtown Charleston include:
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
One of America’s oldest still working plantations, one of the highlights of a visit is a tour of the working farmland. This plantation has been featured in more than a few famous movies, including most recently the Notebook. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is as idyllic as they come. That is, until you tour the African-American exhibit and are reminded of how that idyllic environment came to be for the few.
Drayton Hall Plantation
Drayton Hall features one of the most iconic plantation buildings in the Charleston area. The Palladian architecture home is often what people think of when they see Charleston in their mind. Drayton Hall is also next door to Magnolia Plantation.
Located on the other side of Magnolia Plantation from Drayton Plantation, Middleton Plantation Charleston is tied to the Edmunston-Alston house in downtown Charleston, SC. Both the historic downtown home and this Charleston, SC, plantation were owned by the Middleton family for generations until ownership was passed to the Middleton Place Foundation. The tour of the house is dull, but the gardens and view of the river are spectacular.
And there you have it, plenty of great reasons to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Seriously, don’t miss the gardens there. And check out our list of the best things to do in Charleston, SC, for even more recommendations on other activities and attractions to see on your next visit!