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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this plantation contains America’s oldest garden. The gardens are planted for abundant color in every season and include one of this country’s largest collections of azaleas and camellias. The present house, which replaced the manor burned by Union troops, contains museum-quality Early American antiques. Other features include a petting zoo, maze, herb garden, Biblical garden, observation tower, orientation theater, gift shop, wildlife art gallery, Barbados Tropical Garden, From Slavery to Freedom, and the ever popular “Nature Train” takes visitors on a 45-minute ride through natural settings.

Magnolia has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina!

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

Admission Information

Open everyday 9-5  except Christmas Eve 9am-3pm | Closed on Christmas Day
All admission and Tour tickets must be purchased onsite upon arrival. Ticket sales end at 4pm.

AdmissionHistoric HouseNature TramNature BoatSlavery to FreedomAudubon Swamp
Adults$29.00$10.00$10.00$10.00Complimentary with Garden Admission$10.00
$15.00$10.00$10.00$10.00Complimentary with Garden Admission$10.00
Kids 5 and UnderFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree


3550 Ashley River Road

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