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Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

4.6 / 5

99 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston

Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston

From US$ 83 per person

Take in a true low-country experience with a guided tour of the Holy City and Magnolia Plantation. Explore the beautiful grounds and living history of a plantation that dates from 1676. Get a great introduction to Charleston's past with an expert guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Stroll through one of America's most beautiful gardens
  • See historic city highlights such as The Battery Sea Wall, Rainbow Row, and the Old Market Area
  • Explore Charleston's historic streets in a climate-controlled coach
  • Visit over 100 of Charleston's most iconic historical landmarks
  • Look for alligators, turtles, herons, and other wildlife on the nature tram ride
Full description

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.

Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to 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, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon swamp gardens. Step out among the Romantic gardens and Spanish moss to see wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600-acre plantation. Cap it all off with a 30-minute tour of the Magnolia Plantation Home before boarding your bus back to Charleston. Back in the Holy City, your deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle will take you for a 1.5-hour tour of the city’s historical highlights.

Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, visit over 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the most historic parts of the city and visit Charleston’s historic homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few.

Other highlights of the tour include a number of historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

Includes
  • 1.5-hour guided tour of historic Charleston
  • Admission to Magnolia Plantation
  • Transportation by climate-controlled bus
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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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

  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle
  • Weapons or sharp objects

Know before you go

  • Tours operate rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 99 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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It was a great experience. The drive was a little longer than expected cause we didn’t get back in time to do historic tour but that was ok because we had overbooked tours so we saw it anyway. The garden and home are beautiful but we needed bug spray for the mosquitoes. The tour guides were very good. Enjoyed it all.

November 25, 2022

Friendly and informative drivers. The day was well planned and we were able to see a lot in o relatively short amount of time. If you don’t have your own transportation in Charleston and want to see the Magnolia Plantation and a nice overview of the city, this is the perfect tour.

November 7, 2022

The tours were very good. The only issue was that it was billed as a 4.5 hour tour. The plantation tour alone was 4.5 hours then we went back to the visitor center to wait half an hour for our city tour of 90 minutes. In total the tours were 7 hours! We were hoping to have some time on our own to walk around the city but this spoiled that for us. The problem is with the information in this guide.

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October 18, 2022

Product ID: 359870