AAA Editor Notes
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is at 3550 Ashley River Rd. (SR 61). This 500-acre estate was acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family, whose heirs still own and manage it. The informal 60-acre garden, one of America's oldest, dates from around 1680 and contains 900 varieties of camellias, 250 types of azaleas and hundreds of other flowering species that provide year-round color while complementing the natural beauty of the surroundings.
There is an orientation theater, and the grounds include a petting zoo; a pasture with miniature horses; a horticultural maze; bicycle and nature trails; and biblical, herb and tropical gardens. The 45-minute From Slavery to Freedom tour featuring restored slave cabins reflecting different eras throughout the plantation's history, from slavery to the civil rights movement should be reserved at time of ticket purchase. For an additional fee visitors can take the boat and tram tours, plantation house tours and self-guiding tours of Audubon Swamp Garden.
Guided tours are available. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.