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Audubon Swamp Garden

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Address: Charleston, SC
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30

A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.

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Botanical garden, wildlife refuge, American history.

Worth the time to visit anytime of year. This is the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens property with Audobon Swamp Garden tours by a property 'train' or boat (fees for each in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
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Hope, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Boardwalk not well maintained. Lots of algae. Nothing there in the winter. Boardwalk at Francis Beidler Forest much nicer (still little to see in the winter).

Thank ShortStack12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Worth the time to visit anytime of year. This is the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens property with Audobon Swamp Garden tours by a property 'train' or boat (fees for each in addition to admission - that have been kept quite reasonable through the years). This is a walk into our pre-civil war past on a 60 some-odd acre property that... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I had never been to a swamp before. I was surprised that it was beautiful in a different way than the Magnolia Plantation Gardens! Many birds, some turtles, and yes, GATORS! Much walking, and worth seeing. We also found an African American burial area, where readable headstone markers showed many members of the Bennett family were laid to rest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We chose the Magnolia plantation and gardens over the other plantations on offer in this area on the basis of wanting to see a swamp garden! As Brits, we can visit stately homes with manicured formal gardens any day of the year at home, so this place, which lies within the grounds of the Magnolia plantation, was a good draw... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We really enjoyed our time at Audubon Swamp Garden which we visited in July 2015. The raised walkways were great as you were able to keep really clean although there were some areas that 'off road' but a bit of mud never hurt anyone. We felt we were able to get up close to the alligators but without being at... More 

1 Thank Alanas411
Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful, peaceful swamp-with raised pathways for great viewing of the swampland and the wildlife. We watched alligators sleeping peacefully, all sorts of herons, hawks, gulls and sea birds while listening to the sounds of the wild things. A wonderful experience-with we had hours to spend here! Skp the gardens, and go straight to the swamp!

1 Thank DonS246
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Loved this swamp garden. My husband and I walked through it alone. It was eerily beautiful! Parts of it reminded me of walking into the video game "Myst." We saw several birds, turtles and alligators. The only disappointing part was that we drove about a half hour out of our way and only wanted to tour the swamp garden which... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Definitely worth the price of admission. Was able to see 6-8 alligators in their natural habitat, and tons of other cool creatures. Very relaxing walk too, no one around in the evening.

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Hampstead, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I loved the swamp garden! It is so cool to walk through with no gates or boundaries between you and wildlife. When we were on our team ride, we saw an alligator up on the path for the swamp garden walk and a lady taking a picture. I only hoped I could get that lucky. Well, we saw many gators... More 

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Wheatland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

My husband and I were visiting family in Summerville and decided to visit Magnolia Plantation and the Swamp Garden. The Swamp Garden was definitely worth checking out. It's a nice walk along boardwalks and paths. We saw lots of animals including birds, lizards and alligators.

Thank Kristen T

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