Things to do in Charleston

Plantations and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina

Middleton Place Middleton Place
Daily 9am - 5pm (Closed Christmas Day). Admission for Gardens & Stableyards: $25/Adults, $5/Children 7-15. An 18th century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark in Charleston comprising 65-acres of America's oldest landscaped Gardens. A tour of the House Museum highlights family collections and the Middleton's role in American history. Explore the Stableyards where craftspeople recreate the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. Experience African American Focus Tours, Nature Walks, Carriage Tours and Horseback Riding. Located 14 miles north of downtown Charleston on Hwy. 61.

Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: 843-556-6020 or 1-800-782-3608

Boone Hall Plantation
M-Sa 9am 5pm and Su 1pm 4pm. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent "still working" plantation. Gardens, slave cabins, dining, gift shop plus one of the world's longest oak-lined avenues. Adults $14.50; children $7; seniors $13. A, MC, V, D.

1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
Phone: 843-884-4371

Cypress Gardens Cypress Gardens
9am 5pm (last ticket sold at 4pm). Cypress gardens is a 170-acre Berkeley County park with beautiful gardens, walking paths, and cypress swamp. Visitors tour the swamp in flat-bottomed boats. The aquarium and butterfly house feature native species. The reptile house contains exotic snakes, turtles and crocodilians. Cypress Gardens is a popular field trip and reception site. Adults $10; Seniors $9; Children $3. MC, V.

3030 Cypress Gardens Rd.
Charleston, SC 29461
Phone: 553 - 0515

Discover Berkeley County
Berkeley County is right next to Charleston and offers a wide variety of events and attractions. Along with outdoor activities on our world-renowned rivers and lakes, there are educational opportunities for all ages, tours of year-round blooming gardens and a culture thick with rich and diverse history. In Berkeley County, we really do have it all!

PO Box 968
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-761-8238

Drayton Hall Drayton Hall
Open daily except Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Day. Drayton Hall, c.1738, is the oldest preserved plantation house in America open to the public. After seven generations, two great wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house of this National Historic Landmark remains in nearly original condition. Included in gate admission: professionally guided house tours on the hour, self-guided nature walks, African-American cemetary, and highly praised interactive Connections program. MC, V, D.

3380 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: 843-769-2600

Irvin House Vineyards
Irvin-House Vineyards, located on Wadmalaw Island, is opened to the public Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free tours are available every Saturday at 2 p.m. Visitors can taste authentic wine, visit the vineyards and stroll through the property.

6775 Bears Bluff Rd.
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
Phone: 843-559-6768

Magnolia Cemetery
The oldest cemetery in Charleston, founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is inhabited by generations of southern leaders. On the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Free.

70 Cunnington Ave.
Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-722-8638

Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens
Open 365 days a year 8am-5:30pm; call for Nov.-Feb. hours. This 17th century estate, acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family, features America's oldest gardens (c.1680), which bloom year-round. Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, Biblical garden, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, wildlife observation tower, gift shop, art gallery, snack shop, canoe rentals and more. Leashed pets welcome. Ten miles from downtown Charleston. $14, guided tours are additional cost. A, MC, V, D.

3550 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: 843-571-1266
or 800-367-3517

Mepkin Abbey and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina Mepkin Abbey and Gardens
Since 1949 catholic Trappist monks have lived and worked on this 3,000 acre 18th century Cooper River rice plantation once owned by Patriot henry Laurens. Visitors tour a working monastery and adjacent gardens and shop in Mepkin Abbey Store featuring monastic products and unique handcrafted items. Guided tours - 11:30am and 3pm Tue - Sun. Adults $5. Reservations required for groups over 10. Box lunches available for groups over 25.

1098 Mepkin Abbey Road
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-761-8509
Fax: 843-761-6719

Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.
A non-profit organization, was established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative garden on the grounds of the church and to preserve the legacy of the master craftsman. The Bell Garden, corner of George Street and the Heart Garden (a topiary garden) located behind the church has an entrance from Menotti St.

P. O. Box 21585
Charleston, SC 29413-1585
Phone: 843-571-6445

The Audubon Swamp Garden The Audubon Swamp Garden
Open daily 8 am - dusk; ticket sales end at 5 pm EST or 5:30 pm EDT. Call for Nov.- Feb. hours. Located at Magnolia Plantation, this 60-acre blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp with wildflowers, bog plants, and native and exotic shrubs, is accessible via boardwalks, bridges, and dikes with views of waterfowl, alligators and other wildlife. Plantation cemetery adjacent to main trail. Ten miles from downtown Charleston Hwy 61.

3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: 843-571-1266 or 800-367-3517

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