Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

The oldest public garden in America. Witness to the Revolution and the Civil War, Magnolia Plantation is the perfect place to bring your campers to learn about nature and history. Learn about native plants and animals on the Nature Train and Nature Boat tours, or choose from a history tour. Explore the 18th century house, or go on a tour of five former slave cabins. Trips include admission to the Zoo and Nature Center, where your group can learn about indigenous wildlife on the plantation, and see reptiles in the Reptile House. On-site boy scout programs and campgrounds available.
Contact Info
Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414. Charleston County. Tel: 843-571-1266. Email: Website: Hrs: Nov.-Feb. Daily 8:30AM-4:30PM, Mar.-Oct. Daily 8AM-5:30PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2+ hours. Cost: Fee.

Botanical Gardens Fun Facts

Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow).

There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?)

The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (have campers figure out how big a bouquet would be).

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. A guided tour can help your campers discover interesting plant facts.