Charleston Tea Plantation is at 6617 Maybank Hwy. A 12-minute factory tour introduces visitors to how tea is made from tea leaves. A window 125 feet in length allows visitors to look down and observe factory equipment, and footage of the manufacturing process is shown on large screens.
A 40-minute trolley tour of the 127-acre farm features narration by William Barclay Hall, founder of American Classic Tea. The guide also shares information about the plantation and local history. Visitors get to see some of the more than 320 varieties of tea plants as well as the greenhouse. The island's sub-tropical climate and sandy soil, along with an average 52-inch annual rainfall, create ideal conditions for growing tea plants. The harvest season is May through October.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 45 minutes minimum.