Magnolia Plantation

Admission Information

Now open everyday 9:00-5:00  
Ticket sales end at 4:00pm

All admission and Tour tickets must be purchased onsite upon arrival.


  Admission Historic House

Nature Tram

Nature Boat Slavery to Freedom Audubon Swamp
Adults $20.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00
$10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00
Kids 5 and Under Free Free Free Free Free Free




You may want to allow 45 minutes or more to enjoy the Gardens.

The front avenue and Maze are located near the House.

Includes an educational introduction to Lowcountry critters.

Full of semi-tropical plants reflecting the Caribbean origin of the early colony.

Where you can visit with our Peacocks and sweet mini-horses.

What was once called the Old African American Cabin, next to the Orientation Theater, is now the Gilliard Garden Center. The center is named for Tena Gilliard. She lived in this structure and acted as the official "greeter" for Magnolia up until the 1940's. She was born shortly after the Civil War ended. C.N. Hastie named a beautiful camellia for her, which is registered in the American Camellia Society and the International Camellia Society, and can be seen on a path near the Plantation House.

The Gift Shop is a fun place to visit. It's located directly underneath the House.

If you do not see everything you want in one-day, you can return within 7 days for free.

Photo Sessions or Professional Photoshoots
Photo Sessions or Professional Photoshoots must be booked in advance. Cost and additional information can be found under Weddings and Events.


The Plantation House Tour
is a 30-minute guided tour, giving history of plantation life and Drayton family ownership, still current through twelve generations since 1676. MORE INFO

The Nature Tram
is a 45-minute tram tour of the Plantation's diverse landscapes, lakes, woodlands, marshes, and rivers while guides describe plantation history and wildlife. MORE INFO

NATURE BOAT (Seasonal, call for availability)
The Nature Boat
is a 45-minute boat ride that explores the Plantation's 125 acres of rice fields while guides describe plantation rice and river culture. This tour offers excellent wildlife viewing, including up-close looks at alligators. MORE INFO

From Slavery To Freedom
The Slavery to Freedom Tour 
is a 45-minute presentation centered on four original slave cabins and the families who lived there. The cabins, which were built in the 1850s, were continuously inhabited until the late 20th century. Each cabin has been preserved and restored to reflect a different era significant to both African-American history and the history of Magnolia. 

The Audubon Swamp
is a black water cypress and tupelo swamp, lovely, mysterious, and unique to this area. Once a freshwater reservoir used for rice cultivation, the entire 60 acres is traversed by boardwalks, bridges, and dikes, and features all varieties of local mammals, birds, and reptiles, including bald eagles, herons and egrets, otters, turtles and yes, alligators. Allow at least 45 minutes for a self-guided walk. MORE INFO

BIRD WALKS (Seasonal, call for availability)
First Sunday of every month, a specialist tour will be docent-led by local avid birder Ray Swagerty. The tours will start on July 5 and continue monthly thereafter. Purchase tickets at 8:30 AM. Groups will depart no later than 8:45 AM from the ticket kiosk. Guests are strongly urged to bring their own insect repellant and binoculars.



Magnolia BlossomIndividual Membership $85.00

Adult Membership for 2: Card holder may bring one guest. $125.00

Family Membership – Spouse/Partner and dependent children under 18. $175.00

As a member, you will have daily admission to our historic Gardens, Audubon Swamp Garden, Zoo and Nature Center during normal business hours. Expiration Date is one year from date of first visit.

You will receive a 10% discount on any Gift Shop or Gilliard Garden Center purchase when you present your membership card.
A discounted rate for the Sunday Morning Bird Walks. Members $6.00 Non-members $22.00
Walks begin at 8:30 am when scheduled.

When visiting with guests outside your membership, these guests will receive $5.00 off admission. You will need to present your card for this discount.

Conditions of Membership
When arriving at Magnolia you must go to the kiosk to check in. Your membership card and your photo ID are required. If you do not have your card you may go to the office where someone will find your membership information on file. Additional guests entering with you, not covered by the membership, will be required to purchase admission. Pets are welcome and must be leashed at all times. No outside alcohol is to be brought to the gardens. All tours require purchased tickets, these areas are only for guests with required tickets. Members do not have access to these areas as part of their membership. Please note the speed limit is 10 miles an hour. Magnolia reserves the right to rescind membership if conditions are not followed.

During Special Events, an additional fee may be required to participate.

Guided Tours of the House, Nature Tram, Nature Boat, and Slavery to Freedom require a purchased ticket. These are scheduled events and not part of your membership.


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