Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

 

Admission Information

NEW SPRING HOURS!
Now open everyday 9:00-5:00  
Ticket sales end at 4:00pm

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

HOURS

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

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

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

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

SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
Complimentary with Garden Admission

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


GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

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.

HISTORIC GARDENS
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.

ZOO & NATURE CENTER
Includes an educational introduction to Lowcountry critters.

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

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

GILLIARD GARDEN CENTER
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.

GIFT SHOP
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.

ADDITIONAL GUIDED TOURS

PLANTATION HOUSE TOUR
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

NATURE TRAM
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
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

AUDUBON SWAMP GARDEN
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
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.
MORE INFO

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

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

 

GO TO FULL WEBSITE

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Call (843) 571-1266
operations@magnoliaplantation.com

3550 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414

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