Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston

Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston
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From US$ 62 per person

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Join your guide on a half-day tour of the majestic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Climate-controlled transportation is provided to and from Charleston where you'll enjoy a house and garden tour.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Take in the beauty of the plantation's wetland, lakes, forests, and marshes
  • Look for alligators, turtles, herons, and other wildlife on the nature tram ride
  • Stroll through one of America's most beautiful gardens
Full description

Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens, owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Visit the Historic Gardens, Petting Zoo, and The Conservatory.

Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony.

Step into one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale romantic garden.

Experience history on a 45-minute narrated tram ride through the Audobon Swamp Gardens and visit important locations like Drayton Home (not Drayton Hall), Orientation Theater, and the Old African American Cabin.

  • 45-minute guided house tour
  • 45-minute nature tour by tram
  • Transportation to and from Magnolia Plantation from the meeting point (375 Meeting St - Visitor Center)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA. Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Tours operate rain or shine
  • The Magnolia Plantation & Garden require masks to be worn inside the house tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 102 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
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Touring the grounds of the Magnolia Plantation was self-paced and relaxing. Beautiful bridges and gardens to experience. Additionally, the house tour was very informative and takes you back decades to a time of long ago. As an added experience we did the tram nature ride. Our driver/guide made sure she pointed out everything for us (including rare trees, alligators and birds) Her enthusiasm was infectious and knowledge of the area exceptional. I highly recommend this tour!

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August 14, 2022

Scott, our Grayline driver, was extremely knowledgeable and told us exactly where to go and what to see once we arrived at the Magnolia Plantation. Beverly gave us a wonderful tour of the house, and she too, was extremely informative and witty. The nature train is a great experience. All the gardens are gorgeous, and a walk along the river is not to be missed.

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May 31, 2022

The young girl who did the house tour was great. The ride on the tram was ok but if you sat on the insideyou couldnt see too well It was impossible to take pictures if you were the people sitting in the middle seats. Perhaps half way through she could have guests change seats so people in the middle could see and take pictures also. Also she might have stopped for a minute or two from time to time.

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April 30, 2022

Product ID: 398052