The Nature Boat
LENGTH: Allow one hour
LOCATION: Departs from a dock in the historic Garden.
TIMES: Seven days a week from March through November each year. Departure times are
10:00 AM; 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM; 2:30 PM; 3:30 PM.
COST: ($8 per person with paid garden admission, children under 6 free)
Slip back in time as your boat glides through Magnolia’s old flooded ricefield along the Ashley River. While you explore the cattail-fringed canals, your naturalist captain will transport you to the age of rice growing and river-going. Alligators still slip silently across canals as egrets wade along shore, stalking fish or frogs. You might even surprise a flock of wood ducks or spy a grackle building its nest. Today the rice is gone, but the history is still alive.
The boat tour is also a perfect way to take a break from walking. You can cool your heels and enjoy the breeze of the Ashley River as you glide through a water world unknown to most visitors. Come see the wild wetlands as the “locals” do – from the water.