Friday, May 15, 2015

Charleston Life: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

A couple of weeks ago, while Mike's sister and her boyfriend fiancĂ©e (they got engaged on Saturday!) were in town, we spent a day at Magnolia Plantation.  We got there early in the day and spent much of the morning walking along the Ashley River, through the oldest public gardens in America.  Also included in our admission were the horticultural maze and petting zoo; both were recommended by Ericka and were a lot of fun.  We chose not to do any of the add-on tours like the house tour or the nature train, but our half-day trip definitely could have been made into a full day one with just a couple of those as well as a lunch break at the Peacock Cafe.  Here are my favorite photos from the day:
If you want to go to Magnolia Plantation, I suggest you get there early.  We got there about an hour after it opened, and there were maybe 5 other cars there.  By the time we left at 11:30 or so, there were over 80 cars and the petting zoo (our last stop) was getting pretty crowded.  We also went on a weekday, so I can only imagine how busy it would be mid-day on a Saturday!  In my personal opinion, the day at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens far outweighed Boone Hall Plantation.  Both have beautiful homes on the property and many additional tours available, but the gardens and petting zoo both included in the general cost of admission were some of my favorite spots in Charleston so far.

9 comments:

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to visit Charleston one day!

Robin said...

Lovely place! I want to go there next time we are near Charleston.

Julie said...

How fun!!!

Shelby | Recent Somethings said...

Aah the peacock.... just stunning. Welcome back, love!!

Jen said...

Wow what a beautiful place!

Alexandra Stacey said...

This looks really fun! We really want to visit Charleston while we are still nearby. Glad you had fun!

Pink and Green Mom said...

You got some great pics! I love the one of the frog! Glad y'all had such a good time there!

LHWinstead said...

Wow!! So beautiful!! Looks like such a fun time!

Traci@TheHallway said...

I LOVE Magnolia Plantation! We went several times while we lived there. We never did any of the add on tours since we had kids (thought it would be too much) but always did the petting zoo and we also always packed a picnic lunch and sat in the perfect little spot in the gardens and let Charli run around. Always a fun outing!! So glad you guys had fun!!

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