The Appeal of Magnolia Plantation
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a favorite of many Charleston locals, including quite a few Charleston tour guides, for good reason. It is a delight for history and nature lovers alike. It is the oldest public gardens site in America and the oldest tourist site in the Lowcountry, opening to visitors in 1870. It has a rich history having witnessed and survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, and beyond. It's richness of history may only be surpassed by the natural free-flowing beauty of this place. Award winning gardens, excellent bird watching, a unique Audubon Swamp, historic house tour, zoo and nature center are only some of its highlights.
Plantation General Admission
$20 Adult Tickets • $10 Kids Tickets (age 6-12) • Children under 6 enter free.
General Admission to Magnolia Plantation includes the Historic Gardens, Zoo, the Conservatory, Orientation Theater, and old African American Cabin, as well as the gift shop and Peacok Cafe. You may want to allow an hour or more to enjoy the maze and the gardens which are extensive. The zoo will give visitors an introduction to Lowcountry animals and includes some local rescues such as white-tailed deer and foxes. The zoo also includes goats and a variety of other animals and birds including beautiful peacocks. The Orientation Theater will give guests an overview of the plantation's rich history and runs continuously during the plantation's operating hours.
Magnolia Plantation Discount - Coupon for Traveling Ink Guests
Traveling Ink guests are eligible for a special discount on general admission. Click here for your coupon for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Guests can also enjoy additional aspects of the plantation including tours of the historic home and other tours which give more access and insight to different parts of the plantation. Offerings include the following:
Plantation House Tour • $8 per guest (children under 6 are free).
A 30 minute guided tour giving a history of plantation life and Drayton family ownership.
Nature Train • $8 per guest (children under 6 are free).
A 45 minute tram tour of the plantation's diverse landscapes, lakes, woodlands, marshes, and rivers with a guided description of plantation history and wildlife.
Nature Boat • $8 per guest (children under 6 are free).
A 45 minute boat ride that explores the plantation's expansive rice fields and marsh land. This tour offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities including guest appearances by local alligators.
Slavery to Freedom • $8 per guest (children under 6 are free).
A 45 minute tour that discusses Magnolia's unique row of slave cabins that were occupied well into the 20th century and have been carefully preserved and restored. Each cabin reflects a different period of the African-American experience at Magnolia, from slavery to Reconstruction on through the 1920s and the Civil Rights era.
Audubon Swamp Garden • $8 per guest (children under 6 are free).
A black water cypress and tupelo swamp home to turtles, herons, egrets, bald eagles, otters, and alligators. Once a freshwater reservoir used for rice cultivation, the 60 acres is traversed by boardwalks and bridges enabling guests to enjoy the variety of local mammals, birds, and reptiles. Guests should allow at least an hour to explore the swamp on this self-guided walk.
Need Transportation and Discounted Tickets to Magnolia Plantation?
Guests who do not have transportation available and need more than just a coupon are encouraged to purchase round-trip transportation and entrance into the plantation for one low price. Transportation leaves daily from downtown at 10:30am and returns guests from their trip to Magnolia 4.5 hrs later at 3:00pm. Ticket price includes round-trip transportation out to the Charleston plantation in a climate controlled vehicle, general admission fee, house tour admission, and Nature Train admission fee. Ticket price does not include lunch, but guests are encouraged to bring money (cash or credit) to purchase lunch or snacks from Magnolia's Peacock Cafe. Purchase transportation and ticketing by clicking below.
Magnolia Plantation Address
Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: (843) 571-1266
This Charleston plantation is open 365 days a year including major holidays. From November through February, the plantation is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with ticket sales ending at 4:00 p.m. The first week of March through October, operating hours extend from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Sometimes the grass really does seem greener on the other side.
Things you May Want To Bring
Comfortable shoes, a camera, bug repellent during warmer afternoons, and sunscreen or hat for those with sensitive skin.
source: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens