Magnolia Plantation and Gardens


Admission Information

Now open everyday 9:00-5:00  
Except Christmas Eve 9am-3pm
Closed on Christmas Day!
Ticket sales end at 4:00pm

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


Adults: $29
children 6-12: $15
children 5 and Under: Free

Adults: $10
children 6-12: $10
children 5 and Under: Free

Adults: $10
children 6-12: $10
children 5 and Under: Free

Adults: $10
children 6-12: $10
children 5 and Under: Free

Complimentary with Garden Admission

Adults: $10
children 6-12: $10
children 5 and Under: Free

Adults: $10
children 6-12: $10
children 5 and Under: Free


General admission includes access to Magnolia's historic gardens along the Ashley River, the Children's Educational Garden, our petting zoo and nature center, the Tropical Conservatory, the horticultural maze, and our hiking and biking trails through the woods, swamp, and around the former rice impoundments.

Admission also includes our award-winning guided "From Slavery to Freedom" tour. The cabins featured on this tour have been preserved and restored, each representing a time period significant to both African-American and Lowcountry history. No visit can be complete without an understanding of the families who have lived here—first as enslaved workers, and then as paid garden staff—throughout Magnolia’s 350 year history.

Please note that while this tour is included with admission, spaces must be reserved when you purchase your admission ticket and is subject to availability. To ensure each guest has an optimal experience, tour size is limited; therefore, your reservation indicates a commitment to attend.

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

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

The front avenue and Maze are located near the House.

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.

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.

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


Historic Garden Walk
Join us for a special 45 minute walking tour of Magnolia’s beautiful gardens, just in time for bloom! Let us guide you along the paths first laid out by the Reverend John Grimké Drayton and his enslaved garden superintendent Adam Bennett in the 1840s.
Along the way, we’ll highlight points of historic significance and general interest, while introducing you to the vistas and scenery that have made this garden a must-see in Charleston for over 150 years. You’ll learn about rice cultivation, Magnolia’s role in both the Civil and the Revolutionary Wars, and the history of various landmarks (like the iconic Long White Bridge and the Drayton family tomb).
Your guide will point out some of the many camellia and azalea cultivars that have been planted here over the centuries. As always, well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome to join their owners in the gardens!. MORE INFO

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

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

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

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 Welcome Center. Guests are strongly urged to bring their own insect repellant and binoculars.

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Membership sales are currently paused while we create new membership packages!

Membership sales will begin on 10/01/2021!

Individual: One named person & 4 guest passes yearly. $100.00

Individual Plus: One named person who may bring any one guest. $150.00

Family/Grandparent: Two named adults & your named children/grandchildren under 18. $200.00

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 purchase.

You will receive a 10% discount on any Gift Shop and Garden Center purchases when you present your membership card.

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.

Your monthly email newsletter announces early and late Members Only hours of admission, special events just for you, and any member discounts for public events.

The Slavery to Freedom tour ticket is now complimentary with Garden Admission, therefore you can schedule and take that tour if space is available.

Conditions of Membership
When arriving at Magnolia you must go to the Welcome Center 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 welcomed and must be leashed at all times. They are not allowed on any tours, in the Gift Shop or the Nature Center/Petting Zoo (except for service dogs with i.d.). 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.

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 require a purchased ticket. These are scheduled events and not part of your membership.


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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Call (843) 571-1266

3550 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414

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