But since we were limited with time before Violet's next nap, we focused on the gardens. Magnolia's public gardens are the oldest in America, they first opened to visitors in 1870. We had a great time walking around the grounds and looking at the bridges, the 100 year old cypress trees by the lake, the bamboo forest, and a small Biblical Garden. We also saw lots of pink, red, and white Camellias during our walk -- there are over 20,000 (!!) Camellias in the gardens. I want to come back later this Spring to see the Azaleas in bloom-- they are my favorite.
Overall the plantation was baby + stroller friendly -- we were able to walk around with our BOB stroller, with the exception of the main house and some of the smaller bridges. The bathrooms were clean and there was a changing table. And there was a small cafe on site with great lunch and snack options.
p.s. Magnolia is offering a half price promotion for general admission with this coupon, until the end of January (locals take advantage of the deal and visit! It's going to be gorgeous this weekend.)