Audubon Swamp Garden

Magnolia PlantationLocated at the lovely Magnolia Plantation, the Audubon Swamp Garden is but one example of the stunning natural landscaped gardens available for touring. The plantation was established by Thomas and his wife Ann Drayton in 1676 although the gardens weren't opened to the public for the first time until 1870. Visitors today can explore the unique history of the plantation and listen to stories about those individuals who have lived and worked there over the centuries.

The Audubon Swamp Garden is a unique area where trees grow straight from the water, islands float within the calm bayou, and wild creatures go about their secret lives. Group members can see thousands of plant and animal species that coexist amongst the cypress and tupelo gum trees surrounded by blackwater. You and your group mates can check out hundreds of egrets, herons, and other waterfowl nesting just feet from the walking path and maybe even a few swamp alligators lazily drifting through the water. You can explore this otherwise inaccessible landscape on boardwalks, bridges, and dikes.

If you enjoy nature, the Magnolia Plantation is the place to visit. You can ride a boat through Magnolia’s old flooded rice field along the Ashley River and allow yourselves to be transported back to the age of rice growing and river-transportation. You can also tour the house and the rest of the themed gardens at Magnolia Plantation to learn more about the history of early South Carolina and rice plantations.


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