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Charleston Plantations & Gardens

If you love history and beautiful gardens you need to be sure to check out these while on your trip to Charleston!

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

I'd have to say this is probably the most popular plantation around town, and rightfully so. You can spend an entire day here wandering through the the grounds and looking at the beautiful flowers and scenery, touring the Magnolia House and taking a wildlife boat tour down the Ashley River. The best time to visit is in the spring when the flowers are in bloom and it's not too hot.

Middleton Place

Just down the road from Magnolia Plantation you can learn about history dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Explore the gardens, go horseback riding or on a carriage tour, and tour the house museum. Middleton Place also has a beautiful Inn on site, along with a restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner.

Charleston Tea Plantation

If you are a tea lover, you have to check this place out! Admission is free, and you can tour the tea factory and see how it is made. They also offer trolley tours of the grounds (for a fee) allowing you to explore all the tea bushes imaginable. They have some amazing teas flavors so make sure to check out the gift shop before you leave, my personal favorite it the raspberry!

Boone Hall Plantation

This plantation has the most to offer around town, tractor tours of the grounds, house tours and demonstrations to learn about the Gullah culture. Throughout the plantation you can check out the Black History in America Exhibit, Slave History Presentation, the Gardens, and the Butterfly Pavilion. Not to mention, Boone Hall hosts a variety of events throughout the year, so be sure to check out what is going on before you plan you visit!

Cypress Gardens

I love Cypress Gardens, it is peaceful and relaxing. Not to mention, part of The Notebook was filmed here, including the canoe scene. If your feeling froggy you can do it too. There are canoes available to take out on the water. There are other exhibits throughout the grounds too, the Swamparium, Heritage Room, Butterfly House, and Bird Exhibit, along with the gardens.

Angel Oak

I know what you're thinking, what's so special about a tree, but you need to make it out to look at this beautiful tree. Its more than 400-500 years old and is thought to be the oldest in the country. You will be in awe when you see it up close, just remember do not climb or sit on it.


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