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Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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Charleston, United States
Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Pickup and drop-off from downtown Charleston, South Carolina make it easy to tour Magnolia Plantation, one of the oldest plantations in the South. This 4-in-1 tour includes a narrated drive out to the plantation, a walking tour of the garden, tram tour through the property, and tour of the house itself, providing incredible value.
  • Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from downtown Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tour the house, grounds, and gardens with a guide
  • Learn the history behind the plantation, one of the oldest in the region
  • Enjoy a narrated nature tram ride through the Audubon swamp gardens and wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles
  • Enjoy a guided walk through America's last large scale Romantic Garden
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Admission to Magnolia Plantation in Charleston
45-Minute Narrated Nature Tram Ride through the Audubon Swamp Gardens
30-Minute Tour of Magnolia Plantation Historic Home
Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Professional Guide
Enjoy a guided walk through America's last large scale Romantic Garden
See wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600 acre plantation
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
375 Meeting St , 375 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour is not recommended for children under 3 years old.
  • Drinks are available for purchase at the Magnolia Plantation
  • Cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but we can accommodate those with limited mobility if they can be assisted by a companion.
  • No pets. Service animals are allowed.
  • Dress code is casual
  • Please Arrive 15-Minutes before departure time
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Adventure Sightseeing
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitisation during Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Make every effort to go on this tour to the Magnolia Plantation." See review
  • "I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing SC gardens/swamp at its finest." See review
  • "Tour is very well organized, just enough time to see everything and learn history of that time." See review


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Terrific tour
, May 2022
The beauty of the plantation. Enjoyable place to visit and interesting history. The peacock Cafe had a nice selection of sandwiches and salads for lunch
Great tour!
, May 2022
Walking tour of the gardens was an informative and beautiful experience. Tour guide, Lisa was knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Great and Brief
, May 2022
It was a wonderful tour with good service and convenient if you don’t have a car or direct transportation. The guide was polite and informative. My only recommendation would be to extend the tour time. We felt rushed and did not have time to explore on our own or take additional tours. An extra hour is needed.
Great introduction to Plantation Era
, May 2022
Great introduction into the Plantation era. Beautiful landscaped gardens. History narrative from guides did not properly address the slavery issues, so the "Slaves to Freedom" needs to be added. Overall, far too little time spent here. We chose the trip because there was transport included from Charleston.
Family history
, May 2022
Beautiful gardens, knowledgeable guides, loved learning history that I had no idea about, would recommend.
Great tour
, May 2022
We thought the whole tour was wonderful, Lisa, our driver, gave us good information during the ride over, the plantation was beautiful, the tour guide inside the home was so informative on everything regarding the Drayton family, the articles in the home, the whole family. What beautiful grounds.
The gardens were...
, Apr. 2022
The gardens were absolutely amazing. The history knowledge and enthusiasm of Lisa was great. Very informative
more time needed for this tour.
, Apr. 2022
it was a huge plantation. we love it. i wish there was more time allotted. the tour was kinda rushed, i wish we had more time to explore and take pictures.
Like Stepping Back In Time
, Apr. 2022
Our shuttle driver was a delight and very informative. The only negative comments I have iareregarding the tram seating and operator. The tram seats should all be facing forward. Every time the driver said look to YOUR left/right, he should have indicated his left/right. Also, he should have had a better microphone as a lot of his speaking was done too softly. Also, I realize everything is on a schedule, but I felt that the tram operator drove a bit too fast for us to take photos of the wild & plant life.
, Apr. 2022
Got bumped because I was a solo traveler. It was the last day of my trip so rebooking wasn’t an option. Would have liked a refund but was given” tour credit” instead. How useful on my last day of vacation
Walking through the...
, Apr. 2022
Walking through the garden and the tram ride was very enjoyable. Disappointed that our tour didn’t include going inside the slave cabins. Wish I had known that when booking.
Great wildlife with history important to learn
, Apr. 2022
Great wildlife Good to learn and see history Book story has books to honor the men, women, children who worked so hard and were mis-treated as slaves… their voice and suffering needs to be heard and recognized as we still effort to eradicate non equal treatment but live with genuine diversity and inclusion
Memorable? Watching one...
, Apr. 2022
Memorable? Watching one of the staff chase the peacock back into the fenced in grounds. Otherwise, so-so experience. Have enjoyed other experiences in Charleston much more. Staff enthusiasm not quite at the "enthusiastic" level....felt more like part of the herd of cows they had to push through.
Step back in time
, Apr. 2022
We loved the gardens! The tour through the nature preserve was enjoyable and insightful. Everyone on the plantation was warm and friendly. The tour guides within the house were very friendly and informative. We definitely recommend this tour to our friends!
Overall it was a great...
, Mar. 2022
Overall it was a great tour but felt rushed. We left late because one couple were behind schedule. There wasn't an opportunity to walk around because of the timed schedule. Perhaps you could do the tram and then go right to the house and leave the rest of time free. It would have helped to have a boxed lunch set up. We lost a lot time just standing in line to get a sandwich.
Best tour
, Mar. 2022
If you can only go on 1 tour while in Charleston this should be it! Lots of history, beautiful grounds and animals!
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Magnolia Plantation Experience
, Mar. 2022
The swamp and gardens tours were the best. The home tour provided the Barr minimum info and didn't even acknowledge the family's ownership of slaves other than to say that the owner taught them to read in a small school on site. Home tour was disappointing.
Great tour
, Mar. 2022
Great time seeing the beautiful gardens and plantation. It was all so fascinating! I would recommend this tour to anyone that is interested in history.
Magnolia Tour
, Mar. 2022
Our tour guide was great.HE was very informative and a lot of fun. The tram. Your was also wonderful.
1 traveller found this review helpful
There wasn’t much time to...
, Mar. 2022
There wasn’t much time to explore the gardens. Also would have liked to bring lunch and water as options were limited and lines were long at the concession.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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