Audubon Swamp at Magnolia Gardens in Charleston
A Must See for Residents and Visitors Alike
Plantations and gardens are often some of the first places people think to visit when they come to Charleston. However, there is a hidden gem that plenty of residents have never even seen. The Audubon Swamp Garden is often overlooked when people go to visit Magnolia Gardens & Plantation, but this is a huge mistake.
The Audubon Swamp Garden, once a freshwater reservoir used for rice cultivation, is a blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp. Once you open the gate and enter onto the boardwalk, you feel as if you have been whisked into a secret world only mentioned in a book. You hover over the blackwater where gators are sometimes, eerily, barely visible as they slither thru the coated water. The gators are just the beginning of the adventure. Once you have made it to dry land, there are thousands of plants and animal species, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, “Oh my!” Hundreds of egrets, herons, and other waterfowl come to the swamp to nest every year. If you have never seen the nests in these colonies, they are definitely a cool sight.
Admission to the Swamp is an additional $8 to the basic ticket price, and it is a self-guided tour. The admission and additional tour prices can be found at magnoliaplantation.com. Audubon Swamp Garden is a very unique experience you don't want to miss!
For those who live nearby in neighborhoods such as Archdale to the north or Village Green to the south, you may benefit from the yearly memberships Magnolia offers for individuals and families. If you don't live in South Carolina, sorry the memberships are for residents only but don't worry give me a call and I can help you find a home nearby so you can take advantage of the Gardens and all the other wonderful things Charleston has to offer!