Visitors can take a tour on a tram through the marshes, swamp lands, lakes, forests and more with a naturalist guide for additional admittance. These tours last just under an hour and visitors can expect to see alligators, turtles, cranes, egrets, herons, and much more wildlife in their natural environments. Visitors will also get to see a Native American ceremonial ground, a row of slave cabins from the 19th century, and 600 acres of original south nature and gardens.
The Rice Field Boat Tour
Head over to the rice lake docks for an hour long boat tour. The guided tour is one hour long and in addition to general admission. The tour guide will talk about the plantations history of rice growing and slavery while exploring the lakes and canals throughout the property. Expect to see many forms of wildlife on this tour such as flocks of geese, ducks, frogs, alligators, birds and fish.
Magnolia Cabin Project Tour
Plantation visitors can be shuttled to the five former slave cabins that have been preserved from 1850. This tour will educate visitors on slave history in America and South Carolina in particular, what life was like for African Americans in this time, and the modern civil rights periods.
Zoo and Nature Center
Included in general admission is the zoo and nature center. Many of the animals are native to the land and are representative of plantation life. Most of these animals cannot be easily seen in the wild such as the silver fox, white tail deer, bobcat, lizards and some venomous species. The zoo holds special programs on the weekends in the Alligator Amphitheater to educate visitors on some of the different animal species in the zoo. Most the time, visitors are invited to go up to the stage and touch or pet the animal on display.
Audubon Swamp Garden
The swamp gardens are home to thousands of plant and animal species, floating islands and trees that grow straight out of the water. The water is completely black and every year, hundreds of large birds such as herons and egrets, nest along the trails. The swamp garden is not included in general admission, but allows visitors to use boardwalks and bridges to get across to natural swamp areas that they may not see otherwise. Things to Do in Charleston, SC: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Photo: Matthewfotolia/Fotolia
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