Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston

Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

Activity provider: Gray Line Charleston

From US$ 69 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 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.

  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Magnolia Plantation entry ticket

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • Transport by tram, bus / coach

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

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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

4.7 /5

based on 142 reviews

Review summary

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I highly recommend visiting this place. It’s beautiful even during the winter. Is just a short and trip from Charleston. The house is beautiful and you will see original furnitures and china. My main purpose was to see how was such a place organized and how slaves lived back there.

December 19, 2022

Trip to Magnolia Plantation via Gray Line Tours was exceptional. Driver Scott was an added bonus before and after plantation tour as he shared a wealth of knowledge of Charleston. Tour of mansion was informative. Take the Slave tour as another option versus the tram tour. Plenty of time to walk the gardens, Well worth the ride from Charleston.

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November 21, 2022

Having been to Magnolia House several years ago, I found the house tour much better. and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the docent was great. I learned so much about the Drayton family and their times living in the house. The gardens were extensive, and would be beautiful in the spring; alas, we visited in August and the gardens' weren't very exciting. They provided a great walk, however.

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August 26, 2022

Product ID: 398052