Magnolia is Charleston’s most visited plantation!
If you’re looking for a green garden to enjoy and soak up this sun this weekend, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a great option. They’ve been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, and they’re the only ones on the list located in South Carolina.
Located only 30 minutes away from Charleston, Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It’s the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and public garden in America, opening its doors to visitors since 1870.
Save your whole day to spend at Magnolia, as there are many things to see and enjoy within the gardens. With your general admission, you can also visit:
The Zoo & Nature Center – Your kids will love to pet our animals!
The Conservatory – The Conservatory is generally used for weddings on the weekends. However, if you’re lucky enough to visit it, you’ll be able to enjoy tropical flora and all types of potted orchids.
The Peacock Café – Delicious food accompanied by the best friends you can ask for peacocks and mini-horses.
Gilliard Garden Center – The Center is named after Tena Gilliard, who lived inside the building and acted as the official greeter for Magnolia until the 1940s. If you’re a plant parent, we’re excited to tell you you’ll be able to buy some here.
Take an additional guided tour to the swamp or a historical presentation centered around the four original slave cabins and the families who lived there. Don’t forget you can also be part of the seasonal bird walks, or just walk along any of the trails, where you’ll find dozens of photo ops.
Where: 📍3550 Ashley River Rd
Hours: ⏰ Mon-Sun 9:00am-5:30pm
Admission: 💵 Adults: $20 Kids (6-12):
Ticket sales end at 4:00pm
Featured photo by Kelly @quintessent_holy_city.