Each plantation is unique and has so much rich history behind its gardens and their wonderful architecture design. You could spend hours visiting each of these plantations outside of Charleston, South Carolina. We have described as much as possible each of our favorite plantations to make it easier for you to choose which ones to visit, as each has its own unique offerings.
Take a tour if the iconic 18th century plantation house at Drayton Hall. The preserved house lays empty, to best keep the house in its current state. Also walk around the grounds for a nice view of the Ashley River and state of the art for its time privy.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
The best part about the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is that they have a little bit for every type of traveller. From their petting zoo, to plantation house tour and everything in between, you can easily spend the whole day here. Make sure not to miss out on the beautiful birds and reptiles of The Audubon Swamp.
At Middleton Place you can wander through the oldest landscaped gardens in the country. This green oasis has plenty to offer beyond its extensive grounds, including a house tour and a look back into the daily life during the 18th and 19th century.
Charles Towne Landing state historic site
Visit the birthplace of the Carolina colonies at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Here you can take a stroll on the extensive grounds for a look back at the original life for colonists in carolina and the local native americans. Do not miss out on the live animals or the chance to step aboard the Adventure, Charleston’s only 17th-century replica sailing ship.
Boone Hall Plantation
While Boone Hall Plantation dates back to 1681, they still grow fruits and vegetables straight to this day. Take a tour of the historic mansion, learn the history of slave labor on the grounds and make sure not to miss the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion.
Charleston Tea Plantation
Take a taste of North America’s only working tea plantation right outside of Charleston. See how the tea plants go from their infancy in a greenhouse to a few hundred year old plants. Inside the factory.
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