1.27.2016

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Charleston, SC.

We visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Monday. The Plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, and it covers over 450 acres. There are six different tour options -- including the main Plantation House, a Nature Train, Rice Field Boat Tour, former slave cabins, a Zoo and Nature Center, and the Audubon Swamp Garden.

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.
Visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
-xo-
Jillian

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.)
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22 comments

  1. Wow... this place is gorgeous!

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  2. It's so beautiful and serene! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. What a beautiful place!!

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  4. That looks so peaceful and pretty! We have something similar here in Philadelphia (Longwood Gardens) which is always a treat!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  5. Gorgeous! Adding this to our itinerary when we (hopefully) visit this year!

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  6. such pretty pics! makin' me miss chs! :)

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  7. So beautiful! Dying for another trip to Charleston!!

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  8. Oh my goodness! What an amazing place! Another place added to my list! Sounds like such a fun time!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  9. I just saw the other day that admission to Middleton is 50% for tri-county residents
    https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html

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  10. I really want to check this out during one of my times in CHS! It always looks so beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous pictures! I've set up weddings at Magnolia before, but have yet to take a traditional tour. I need to add it to the list before we leave!

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  12. Beautiful photos!! I have never been to Charleston but my in-laws live an hour-and-a-half from there. Would love to go there some day though and include this on my list! :-)

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  13. How gorgeous!! I've never been to the South except for Disney world but that definitely doesn't count! This plantation must be beautiful in person!

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  14. That looks absolutely stunning!

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  15. this is seriously gorgeous! awesome that it's (mostly) stroller friendly as well.

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  16. Camellias are such pretty flowers! I absolutely love azaleas too. I need to visit there!

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  17. Mesmerizing and beautiful place! Reminds me of the mystical elf wood from the Hobbit trilogy...

    Beth Hughes | Professional rug cleaning in Bromley

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  18. i went once when i was really sick. i made myself go(since it was already planned) and i'm so glad i did. it was gorgeous there. glad you hear you had a pleasant family experience!!

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  19. So gorgeous! Charleston is just the best. :)

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